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Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon

From: Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

Video: Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon

Okay, here we're going to see how we can make a cool neon letter. And we are also going to create an extruded Drop Shadow and work with creating an interior shape using Inner Glow, and then we'll finish it off by using the Pen tool to create our neon tubing. As our starting point what I'm going to do to begin with is create the extruded drop shadow and to do this I am going to get the effect I'm after using layer effects. So I'm going to duplicate that layer four times.

Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon

Okay, here we're going to see how we can make a cool neon letter. And we are also going to create an extruded Drop Shadow and work with creating an interior shape using Inner Glow, and then we'll finish it off by using the Pen tool to create our neon tubing. As our starting point what I'm going to do to begin with is create the extruded drop shadow and to do this I am going to get the effect I'm after using layer effects. So I'm going to duplicate that layer four times.

Then I'm going to turn off the visibility of the top one, select the remaining four, nudge them to the right, holding down the Shift key, nudge them down holding down the Shift key. I will then turn off the top one and repeat, turn off the top layer, repeat, and one more time. Now I'm going to select all four of those layers come to the Layers panel menu and I am going to merge them into one. I'm going to make black my foreground color and I'm going to fill that layer with black.

So that I've retained the transparency on that layer. I'm going to hold down Alt+Shift or Option+Shift and then press my Delete key. I now need to fix this stair stepping problem here. So I'm going to zoom in on that. Choose my Polygonal Lasso tool. Make sure that I do not have Anti-alias checked in this case. I don't want to smooth anything out. I just want a very clean crisp selection and I'll fill that with black. Zoom out there is my extruded shadow on top of my letter shape.

I'm now going to add a Drop Shadow to the extruded shadow. I'm just going to pull away slightly and I'll soften it by increasing its Size. Now I'm going to come to the letter B itself and add an Inner Glow, which will create the interior shape. I need to change the blend mode here to Multiply and I need to soften the color from the letter itself. Choose a lighter version of that red.

And I'm now going to increase the Size of that and here is what's really going to make it work. I'm going to make the Source the Center then I'm going to Choke it. So we have this independent-looking interior shape and I'm going to increase the Opacity on that up to 100%. And maybe dial the size down a little bit. End up with 24. The next thing I want to do is create the neon tube and I'm going to do this by working on duplicate of the letter B. So I'm going to press Command+J to duplicate that.

I'll throw away the effects on that duplicated version and then I'm going to right-click to convert that to a shape layer. Now that it's a shape layer, we see a pen path around the letter B. So I'm going to choose my Direct Selection tool and I'm going to click on that counter, press Delete twice, and then repeat that for the second counter, leaving me with just the outline. Then I'll come and choose my Path Selection tool, making sure that all of the anchor points are selected.

Press Command+T or Ctrl+T to get to my Free Transform and I want to transform this shape from its center point. So I'm holding down the Alt key and the Shift like so. So what I have here is a shape layer. I no longer need this shape, but I do want this path. So what I'm going to do is with the path selected I'm going to cut that, Command+X, or Ctrl+X, and I'll get this message. Yes I want to delete that layer, but then I will paste that path. Command+V, or Ctrl+V. I now need to modify that path.

So I am going to press P to go to my Pen tool and I'm going to zoom in on this left-hand part of the image. So I'm going to hold down my Command key, which will toggle to my Direct Selection tool, click on that path, and I can now move my pen cursor over the path and I'll see a Plus symbol appear next to the pen and when I click I make an anchor point. That anchor point comes in with Bezier control handles that I don't actually want. So I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key and click again so that we have introduced now a corner point as opposed to a curve point.

I'm going to repeat that down here, click, and and Alt-click to remove the Bezier control handles. Now this next part is a bit tricky we want to delete this segment right here. So I need to hold down my Command key and just click outside of the path so that it's no longer selected and then holding down my Command or Ctrl key click back on the path, but just on that segment. I should now be able to press the Delete key and that segment alone is gone. So now I'm going to take my Pen tool and click on the first open endpoint and cut in and holding down the Shift key so I get a straight line there.

I need to let Photoshop know that I finished drawing that path, so I'm going to hold down my Command key and click, coming down click on this endpoint, and repeat the same thing. Now let's zoom out. There is my neon tubing. And I will just going to make one other amendment to the path over here. I'm going to hold down my Command key and slightly pull that in to the interior of the shape. My next step is to stroke this path, but before I can do so, I need to create a layer for the neon to go to.

So I'm going to come and create a new layer and I'm going to double-click on the layer name and I'm going to call it neon. Then I am going to going to get to my Brush tool. I'm going to check that I have a soft brush. I've got a Size of 23 pixels and my Opacity is at 100%. My foreground color is white. Come to my Paths panel and from the panel menu I will choose Stroke Path and I'm going to stroke it with the Brush and there is my neon tubing. So now back to the layer, I want to add a couple of effects to the layer.

So I'm going to come and add a Drop Shadow, just pull that slightly away from the tube itself, and then I'm going to add an Inner Glow. The color of the Inner Glow I want to be the color of the letter itself and the blend mode I want to be Multiply. Now I'm going to zoom in so that we can see what's going on here with this Inner Glow. I want to make the Inner Glow blend in with the color of the neon. So I'm going to choose Noise. It's kind of give this sort of fuzzy look.

And then I'm going to increase the Size on that a bit as well to sort of extend it into the color of the neon tube. Now let's zoom out and I'm just going to come to the View menu to my Show and turn off the Target Path so that goes away. And there is the finished neon letter.

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 13m 22s
    1. What are layer effects?
      3m 9s
    2. Using the Layer Style dialog box
      2m 25s
    3. Moving, copying and removing layer effects
      2m 20s
    4. Working with preset styles
      5m 28s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Shadow effects 1: Drop Shadow
      7m 11s
    2. Shadow effects 2: Inner Shadow
      1m 2s
    3. Glow effects 1: Outer Glow
      3m 41s
    4. Glow effects 2: Inner Glow
      1m 35s
    5. Bevel and Emboss effect 1: Structure
      2m 9s
    6. Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading
      2m 46s
    7. Bevel and Emboss effect 3: Contour
      1m 44s
    8. Bevel and Emboss effect 4: Texture
      1m 29s
    9. Overlay and stroke effects 1: Satin
      1m 1s
    10. Overlay and stroke effects 2: Color Overlay
      1m 27s
    11. Overlay and stroke effects 3: Gradient Overlay
      1m 58s
    12. Overlay and stroke effects 4: Pattern Overlay
      1m 43s
    13. Overlay and stroke effects 5: Stroke
      2m 0s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Blending modes
      2m 55s
    2. General opacity vs. fill opacity
      1m 16s
    3. Creating a knockout layer
      2m 37s
    4. Blending interior effects
      1m 35s
    5. Blending clipped layers as a group
      1m 18s
    6. Transparency Shapes Layers
      2m 34s
    7. Converting a layer style to image layers
      1m 45s
    8. Blending with the Layer Mask and Vector Mask Hide effects
      1m 56s
    9. Using the Blend If blending option
      3m 53s
    10. Working with contours
      5m 48s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Placing multiple files as Smart Objects into the type poster
      1m 29s
    2. Creating offset outlines with Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Fill Opacity
      6m 19s
    3. Using Fill Opacity to create "ghost" text
      2m 19s
    4. Creating live (editable) blurred type with Drop Shadow
      1m 56s
    5. Creating an extruded shadow
      4m 42s
    6. Customizing a drop shadow
      5m 53s
    7. Reflecting a shadow and applying a displacement map
      6m 44s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Inflating type by softening a smooth bevel
      3m 7s
    2. Creating a chiseled bevel
      6m 14s
    3. Embossing a stroke
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a soft bevel and customizing the contour of the inner shadow
      5m 20s
    5. Combining a smooth bevel with transparency effects
      2m 34s
    6. Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture
      4m 13s
    7. Set in stone: Customizing a bevel with diffused light
      2m 22s
    8. Creating an embossed stamp
      2m 35s
  7. 19m 45s
    1. Working with texture: Pattern Overlay or Layer Mask?
      6m 25s
    2. Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
      1m 23s
    3. Creating and applying a custom pattern
      5m 57s
    4. Layer effects and Smart Objects 1
      1m 21s
    5. Layer effects and Smart Objects 2
      4m 39s
  8. 26m 7s
    1. Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
      7m 6s
    2. Choking an Inner Glow effect to create inline effects
      2m 4s
    3. Adapting an Inner Glow using the Contour, Range, and Jitter controls
      1m 30s
    4. Creating a stencil effect with Outer Glow and Shallow Knockout
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
      2m 11s
    6. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 1
      1m 51s
    7. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 2
      1m 24s
    8. Using Satin with a custom contour
      2m 20s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Building a type poster
      4m 26s
    2. Adding paper behind the letters
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      18s

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