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neon blocks and neon text (glow effect)

In the following tutorial you’ll learn how to create the image below using filters.

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You can view tutorial part1 and tutorial part 2 at google dot com, or by watching the youtube clips below.

Some keyboard shortcuts you might find useful:

ctrl + n
open a new canvas
ctrl + shift + n
create a new layer
ctrl + j
duplicate layer
reset fore- and background colors
eyedropper tool
open brush palette
alt + backspace
fill with foreground color
ctrl + backspace
fill with background color
ctrl + f
reapply last filter used
ctrl + alt + f
reopen last filter window used
ctrl + u
open hue and saturation window
ctrl + l
open levels window
ctrl + m
open curves window
ctrl + e
merge selected layers
ctrl + shift + e
merge all visible layers
alt (in window, e.g. curves)
alt (e.g. in liquefy window)
alt (marquee tool)
keep crosshair centered

The first clip is relatively slow in pace, but the second one isn’t. And something went wonky with the plug of my mic, too, so the sound gets worse and worse towards the end. I’m very, very sorry about this. I still don’t know how to fix that kind of things, but I’m working on it.
If you have any questions concerning the tutorial, please feel free to drop a comment here. I’ll try to help you out to the best of my abilities.
For those of you who might have trouble with curves in photoshp, you might like to check out this curves tutorial (which I didn’t make). It explains things very well, imo. Better than I ever could.

Feel free to give me your opinions (whether positive or negative) on this tutorial, either by filling out the poll or dropping a comment. Your views are very welcome, since I am trying to improve.

Poll #1000758 rating the tutorial

On a scale from 1 to 5 (one being not at all) how did you like this tutorial?


What did you like about this tutorial?

What did you not like about this tutorial?

Thank you very much for your attention.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)

I didn't get quite to the end doing your tutorial, but I did get this far :))

My original one was blue, but I thought Rammstein look good in red :)One version ended up smooth, without the blocks, which I liked also. Thanks a lot !
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Nice going! I bet it will look fab once you get to 3d-ize your text. ;)
And yes. I think red fits them much better than blue, hehe.
Thank you very much for sharing with me, and for filling out the poll as well. *big hugs*
I'm really sorry about the speed, especially in the second part. I changed the blending modes a billion times, and even cut portions out of the tutorial because I couldn't decide which one to use. =P *feels guilty*
Next time I make a tut like this one, I'll try to narrate directly while I'm recording, instead of recording voice and screen separately. maybe that way I'll get a better feeling for the time involved.

Should something not be clear or if you have trouble working things out, you can always give me a shout. ^.^
Oct. 27th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
OMG! you're amazing! I'm gonna try it as soon as I get my own PC.thanx for your hard work and time for posting this! :D
Oct. 27th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for the compliment. =D
I hope things work out well for you once you get to try it out. feel free to drop a comment here, if you need help.
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