How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

If you want to learn how to create an impressive card for the holiday, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. I’m going to show you how use brushes and Layer styles in Photoshop CS5 to create eye catching digital illustration with neon text effect. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create an Impressive Greeting card with Neon New Year 2012 text in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1900px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Select the background layer in Layers panel and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Then we have to represent a plane surface, using the Rectangle Tool (U) draw the next rectangle.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Insert the message text for greeting card. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Click in the canvas and type ‘2012’. Press Enter to apply the text.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Outer Glow.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Add Bevel and Emboss:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Apply Color Overlay:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Add Satin:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer now and choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make the next selection as shown.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Then apply the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the selection with #0768B7 color. Place the layer under the layer containing the digits ‘2012’.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Apply the next filter on layer: Filter >Blur > Gaussian blur:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

… and also Filter > Blur > Motion Blur:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

This way we’ll get the next shadow:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to stretch out the copy’s layer vertically. The copy’s layer needs to be situated under the layer with the digits.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Represent now the shadow of white color, using the method described above. Apply on the shadow also the filters mentioned earlier also. The layer will be placed under the layer containing the digits.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Create now a new layer and select here the Soft Round brush.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the canvas with the color #88F4FF (set brush Opacity to 60% in Options bar). Place this layer under the layer with the 2012 digits.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Color Burn.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Now we’ll create the next new layer, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) make the next selection.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

Now we have to paint the digits’ zone with the color #9EF9FF, select the Soft Round brush to paint inside the selection.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text in Photoshop CS5

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