How to Create a Neon Light Effect Photoshop

Hi there, welcome back to SaDesign channel, today I’ll show you how to create neon effect in Photoshop.

(1). First, create a new layer, use brush tool (B shortcut) with soft round and size in 12. Choose foreground color is pink, move to Pen tool and draw a rectangle in the middle of subject. Right click to the rectangle, choose “Stroke path”, select Brush in tool box and OK. Press CTRL or CMD + H, open Blending Options, check on “Inner Glow”, “Outer Glow” and “Drop Shadow” boxes, then OK.

(2). Next, create another new layer, use brush with size around 130 pixels, Move again to pen tool and press CTRL or CMD + H, right lick to the corner of rectangle and select “Stroke path” to double it. Press CTRL + H again to deselect. Change blending mode from normal to Linear Dodge and reduce the fill to 40%.

(3). Place 2 layers into group and add layer mask to it. Use brush tool with black in foreground and remove the neon light on her head just like the neon light is surrounding her.

(4). After that, create a new layer, choose black in foreground and go to Filter > Render > Clouds, change blending mode to Linear Dodge and fill it with 40%. Put layer 3 into group and hold ALT or OPTION, left click to create a black layer mask. Use brush tool with big size, white in foreground, press CTRL or CMD + H to take the path of rectangle, choose “Stroke path” one more time and deselect the path with CTRL or CMD + H.

(5). Move to layer 3, hold ALT or OPTION to create black layer mask. Take brush tool, select the wheel icon and choose import brushes and take “Smoke brushes” file. I will put this brush in the description in case you need it. Open the Smoke brush folder and take “smoke 9”. Use this brush to paint on the edges of the shape. Duplicate group 2 copy with CTRL or CMD + J and adjust the opacity to 40%

(6). Use “Curves” to darken the image so the neon light will pop out clearly.

Use “Hue/Saturation”, check to “colorize” box and increase saturation to 50, open “Blending options’ and increase the half of black triangle in “This layer” to 136. That’s all, enjoy the result!

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