Create a glowing sign in Photoshop

It is hard to argue with the fact that the effect of a glowing sign gives the text a very interesting look. And besides, this technique can be very useful in many commercial and simple individual projects.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the power of Photoshop to create text illuminated with small light bulbs.

Let’s start!

Materials for the lesson:

Before you begin, learn how to create and add textures and shapes to the Photoshop library. You can also get acquainted with the video tutorial on this topic.

Open the “Rust” texture in Photoshop. Then go to the tab Editing – Define a pattern (Edit – Define Pattern). Specify the pattern name. Click OK to add the pattern to the library.

To load contours, you need to go to Editing – Managing sets – Set type “Paths” (Edit – Presets – Preset Manager, and choose Contours). Next, click on the small arrow at the top of the settings window to move from the selection menu. Install the required set.

To load patterns go to Editing – Set Management – Set type “Patterns” (Edit – Presets – Preset Manager, and choose Patterns). By clicking on the mini arrow in the top right corner of the panel, you can select a set of patterns.

Part 1. Create a background and text.

Step 1

Create a new document 1200 x 1600 pixels., With a resolution of 300 pixels \ inch. Set the foreground color to foreground color to # 35383f, and the background color to # 1d1e23.

Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool). Set the gradient type to Radial (Radial Gradient). In the gradient settings, set the transition of colors from the main to the background. To create a soft transition between colors, select the “Dithering“(prevent streaking) (Dither).
Then drag the gradient line from the center of the canvas to one of the corners of the document.

Step 2

Place a “Landscape” image above the background layer. Change blend mode (blend mode) of a layer with mountains to Multiplication (Multiply). Then place the landscape so that the foot of the mountain coincides with the bottom edge of the canvas.

Step 3

Add to the landscape adjustment Levels (Levels). To do this, go to Image – Correction – Levels (Image – Adjustments – Levels). Set the settings as shown below.

Step 4

Create a new layer on top of the previous ones. Activate the tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool). From the list of fonts, select “Code Bold”. For the effect that we will create, font type and size are extremely important.
To set the required values, click on the “Characters and Paragraphs“in the upper right part of the settings panel. Set the values ​​shown in the image below.

Step 5

Duplicate the text layer.

Part 2. Styling text

Step 1

Stand on a layer with a copy of the text. Double-click the left mouse button on this layer to go to the menu. Layer style (Layer Style).
Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

– Circuit (Contour):

– Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

– Internal glow (Inner Glow):

– Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay):

Step 2

By adding all the above layer styles, we added a basic glow and texture to the text, and also created a good basis for further steps.

Part 3. Create a brush lanterns

Step 1

Create a new 500 x 500 pix document. On the toolbar, activate Polygon (Polygon Tool). Set the number of sides to 7. The shape color is cheny. Draw a polygon about 320 x 320 pixels.

Step 2

Create a brush from this shape. To do this, go to Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset). In the window that appears, specify the name of the new brush. After that, you can simply close the window with the polygon and return to the main working document.

Step 3

Let’s proceed to setting up a new brush.
Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) and open the brush settings panel (Window – Brush (Window – Brush)). At the bottom of the brush library, select the polygon brush we created in the previous step. Then using the image below, set the required parameters:

Step 4

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones and name it “Brush”. Set the foreground color to white. On this layer, we draw horizontal, vertical and diagonal sections of letters.

Select one of the letter edges and hold the key Shift draw a vertical line with a brush with polygons. In order to draw a horizontal line, proceed in the same way, but stroke a stroke on the horizontal face of the letter.
To place the polygons diagonally, you need to hold down the key Shift, make one click on the first edge and then click on the second point of the diagonal.

Before you draw a new line, release the key. Shift , so that your lines do not join in one broken line.

Step 5

You can always adjust the line using Eraser (Eraser Tool) or just taking a step back.

Part 4. We fill in rounded letters with flashlights.

We will fill the remaining round letters with lights using contours.

Step 1

Let’s start with the letter “O”. In order to create the outline of this letter you can use the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool). Activate this tool on the panel and in the settings set the drawing mode “Circuit“(Path). Then create a round outline in the center of the letter” O “.

Step 2

In order to create a work path of other letters, we will use the tool Pen (Pen Tool). Activate this tool and draw the outline of the letter using anchor points. The outline of the outline can serve as a light flare on the letter that we created using the style of the layer “Inner Glow”.

Step 3

At this stage, you need to create work outlines for all letters (and their parts). These contours will be used in the next steps of the lesson.
In order to get the separate contours of the required sections use the key Ctrl . This means that when you have finished creating the desired contour, hold down the key Ctrl and click the mouse anywhere on the working canvas, and then start drawing the next path.

Step 4

Once you have drawn all the outlines of the letters, you can correct them using the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Too). With the tool active, you can click on the anchor point and drag it to the desired position. Alternatively, you can hover over the point of the node’s shoulder, click and make adjustments to the contour curvature.
You can also add or remove key points using the tools Feather – Add anchor point and Pen – Delete anchor point (Add / Delete Anchor Point Tool (s))

Step 5

When you’re done making changes to the contour, re-activate the tool. Brush (Brush Tool), make sure that a brush with a polygon is selected from the brush library.

Now just press the key Enter , in order to quickly create a stroke contour brush.

If there is a need to remove extra polygons, after contour stroke, activate the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) and erase unnecessary items. To add a polygon, simply click the brush once in the desired position.

To remove the visibility of the work path, press Enter.

Step 6

When your outlines are completely filled with flashlights, lower Fill (Fill) layer with lights (“Brush”) to 0%. Then duplicate the “Brush” layer.

Part 5. Styling flashlights

Step 1

Double-click the left mouse button on the “Brush” layer to go to the menu. Layer style (Layer Style). Set the settings as shown in the screenshots below.
Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

– Circuit(Contour):

– Internal shadow(Inner Shadow):

– Internal glow (Inner Glow):

– External glow (Outer Glow):

Step 2

After the changes you made, your heptagon lamps should “turn on”

Step 3

Double-click the left mouse button on the “Brush copy” layer to go to the menu. Layer style (Layer Style). Set the settings as shown in the screenshots below.
Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

– Circuit(Contour):

Step 4

Using layer styles, we achieved a glass effect:

Part 6. Create highlights

Step 1

Before proceeding with the next steps, save the brush in the library. So that if necessary we can reload it. To do this, activate the tool quadrangular brush, go to the brush set selection menu, click on the mini-icon in the upper right corner of the menu, select “Save brush“(Square Brushes). Next, enter the name of the new brush and set the path to the folder in which you save your library of brushes.

Step 2

Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). From the list of brushes, select a square brush with a size of 3 pixels. The settings for the brush are shown below.
Using this brush we will draw the basis for the rays. Therefore, the value “Intervals“(Spacing) must be selected individually, based on the size of the text, flashlights and a working canvas. For example, in this lesson, a value of 700% is well suited.

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones. Set the foreground color to bright red. Then draw a small square in the center of each bulb. In order to speed up the drawing process, use the same methods that we used when drawing flashlights in “Part 3”. Since we created the working outline of the letters earlier, the process will be much simpler.

Step 4

In order to activate the letters work contour created earlier, go to Window – Outlines (Window – Paths). Find the layer with the work path and click on it.

Step 5

Return to the Layers tab and stroke the outline with a brush with small red squares.

Step 6

We chose red for the squares for the convenience of work on their placement. Now we can change their color to # fff5e9.
To do this, create a selection along the contour of red dots, activate the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool), in the tool settings, uncheck the “Adjacent pixels“(Contiguous) and click on one of the red dots.

So we created a glare. If you want, you can make the effect softer. For this, change the layer blending mode with small dots to Overlap (Overlay).

Part 7. Light effects

Step 1

Name the layer with the small squares “0” and drag it under the “Brush” layer. Create three copies of the layer “0”. Rename the copy layers to “90”, “45” and “-45”. The name of the layer says about the angle that we use in the filter settings Motion blur (Motion blur).

Step 2

Stand on layer “0” and go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur). Settings: angle – 0 ?; offset – 30 pixels.

Step 3

Repeat the previous step for layers “90”, “45” and “-45”. In the settings, change the blur angle according to the layer name.
Then select all the layers with the rays and go to Layer – Merge Layers (Layer – Merge Layers), in order to create one common layer of rays. Rename this layer to “Light”.

Step 4

Activate the tool Finger (Smudge Tool). In the settings, set the soft round brush to 5 pixels., The intensity (strength) – 100%. Stand on the “Light” layer and stretch the rays in the corners of the letters with longitudinal strokes.

Step 5

Create a selection around the outline of the text, to do this, hold down the key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the text.

Step 6

Switch to Selection – Modification – Compress (Select – Modify – Contract). Set the compression boundary to 1 pixel.

Step 7

Then go to Selection – Inversion (Select – Inverse). Press the button Delete in order to remove the edges of the rays that go beyond the limits of the letters. To deselect refer to Selection – Deselect Selection (Select – Deselect).

Step 8

Create a copy of the “Light” layer. Set the blend mode of the copy layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 9

Now your rays look similar:

Part 8. Create metal supports

Step 1

Set the foreground color to # 151414. Activate the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) and draw a long narrow rectangle 11 pixels high along the line.

Position the rectangle behind the text. Draw a few more rectangles, and place two rectangles behind each line.

Note that all rectangles should be located on the same layer. To do this, when drawing in the tool settings, set the function “Add to the shape area“(Combine Shapes).

Step 2

Rename the layer with the drawn lines to “Horizontal”. Under the “Horizontal” layer, create a new layer and name it “Vertical”.

Step 3

Draw on the “Vertical” layer two strips approximately 15px wide. These strips should reach the bottom edge of the canvas.

Step 4

Create a new layer between the “Vertical” and “Horizontal” layers. Name the new layer “Center”.
On this layer, draw two more stripes about 11 pixels wide ..

Part 9. Add a metal texture to the lattice

Step 1

Double-click on the “Horizontal stripes” layer to apply the following layer styles:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

– Circuit(Contour):

– Gloss (Satin):

– Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

– Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay):

Step 2

Now your horizontal lines look like metal bars.

Step 3

Double-click on the “Vertical” layer and add the following layer styles to this layer:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

– Circuit(Contour):

– Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay):

Step 4

Right-click on the layer with vertical stripes and in the appeared submenu select the item “Copy layer style“(Copy Layer Style).

Step 5

Right-click on the “Center” layer and find the item in the submenuPaste style layer“(Paste Layer Style).

Part 10. Add shadows.

Step 1

Hold key Ctrl and click on the center layer thumbnail to create a selection along the outline of the center bars. Then hold down the key combination Ctrl and Shift and click on the “Verticals” layer, this will add the selection of the extreme bands to the previously created selection.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the “Center” layer and name it “Shadow”.
The blending mode for the “Shadow” layer is changed to Multiplication (Multiply).

Set foreground color to # 959595. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings, set the round soft brush to the size of 100 – 125 pixels ..
Make one click with the brush at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal stripes in order to add a shadow. Then deselect by going to Selection – Deselect Selection (Select – Deselect).

Step 3

Go to the original text layer and double-click it with the left mouse button. Going to the menu Layer style, set the following settings:

Shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 4

Standing on the original text layer, go to Layer – Layer Style – Create Layers (Layer – Layer Style – Create Layer). This will move the shadow to a separate layer. Now you can simply delete the layer with the original text, or turn off its visibility.

Step 5

Hold key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the “Horizontal” layer to create a selection. Make sure that you are standing on the “Shadow” layer. Switch to Selection – Inversion (Select – Inverse) and then press Delete , to get rid of the shadow outside the horizontal lines.

Step 6

Then go to Selection – Deselect Selection (Select – Deselect) and rename the layer with the shadow to “Text Shadow”.

Part 11. Add a glow

Step 1

Under the “Text Shadow” layer, create a new layer called “Text Light”. Set the blending mode of the new layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and opacity (opacity) – 50%. Foreground color change to # c0b99d .

Step 2

Choose a tool from the palette Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings, set a soft round brush about 250 pixels in size. Standing on the “Text Light” layer, draw a glow around the letters.

Step 3

Change foreground color to # c9b47d. Also, in the tool settings Brush (Brush Tool), increase the size value to 1800 pixels.
Then create a new layer on top of all the previous ones and name it “Light”. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlap (Overlay), and opacity (opacity) – 70%.

Make one click with the brush in the center of the canvas. This will increase the color and brightness of the entire image, as well as emphasize the texture and text details.

Step 4

Click on the icon “Create a new adjustment layer“(Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer) at the bottom of the layers panel, and in the sub-menu that appears, find the adjustment named Gradient map (Gradient Map).

Step 5

Corrective layer blend mode Gradient map (Gradient Map) set to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (opacity) – 20%.

Step 6

Let’s proceed to the adjustment of the adjustment layer. To do this, double click on the thumbnail with a gradient. Then go to the gradient editor and set the following colors (the color on the left indicates the color, the location on the control point is on the right):

# c6baac – 0
# ffc960 – 50
# ffe64b – 88

Step 7

Add another adjustment layer – Gradient (Gradient).

Step 8

Go to the settings panel of the adjustment layer and set the gradient from transparent to black. Gradient type – radial (radial). Also check the box next to the function Dithering (Dither)

Correction layer Gradient (Gradient) you need to place under the layer labeled, and then change its blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity (opacity) to 25%.

Congratulations! You have successfully mastered the lesson!

I hope my lesson on working with lighting and text came to your taste and you learned something useful from it. Now you can apply these techniques to your various jobs!

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