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Photoshop neon lights text effect.
Article published on January, 2005.

Before we start creating neon lights text effect, you must choose adequate font and background. Default arial and black background is all wrong. Realistic effect needs realistic details. I chosed dark brick wall background and neon fonts.

1. Open background picture and write text:

2. Select "Blending Options" and choose "Stroke". Set size: 12 px, Position: Center, Blend Mode: Normal, Opacity: 100 %, Fill Type: Gradient, Style: Shape Burst. Sample picture here.

3. Double click on Gradient color line and set it to something like this:

4. Now choose "Outer Glow" section. Set Blend Mode: Screen, Opacity: 35 %, Noise: 0 %, Technique: Softer, Spread: 15 %, Size: 60 px. Sample picture here.

5. This is what you get:

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