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In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial we will learn how to create a neon text effect using Gradient Mesh, 3D Modeling, Art Brushes and Transparency palette. Let's begin!
- Program: Adobe IllustratorCS-CS5;
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes
Create a neon text effect using the RGB color mode. If this mode is not set for your document, set it (File> Document Color Mode> RGB Color). Start by creating a background, take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with black fill.
Keep the rectangle selected, go to Object > Create Gradient Mesh ... and in the dialogue window set the number of rows and columns equal three.
Select central nodes of the gradient mesh using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and fill them with different colors, with the same tool, move the nodes as shown in the figure below.
Proceed to the creation of the text. Take the Type Tool (T) and create a text, in my case this word is NEON. I used the Tahoma bold font. You can change the height and width of text using the Selection Tool (V).
Keep the text selected, go to Effect > 3D> Extrude & Bevel and set effect parameters in the dialog window.
If after having applied the effect, there is a need in editing of the parameters, you can get the access to them from the menu of the Appearance palette.
Lock 3D object in the Layers palette, later it will be used as a template. Now prepare shapes to create Art Brush. These shapes can be obtained through the transformation of the circle. The height of the first shape is 2 px, and the height of the second one is 1 px.
It is not necessary that you copy them exactly, they just have to be similar to these shapes. Fill these shapes with gray color. Now drag these shapes one at a time to the Brushes palette and save new brushes as Art Brushes.
For convenience in the further work, change the template font color to dark gray, almost black, and lock it in the Layers palette again.
Using the Pen Tool (P) create dashes as shown in the figure below, basing on the template. Apply the first created brush to the dashes.
Apply similar technique to all the letters of the template.
Now take the second brush created in step 5, take the Paint Brush Tool (B) and continue to outline the letters of the template. If you did not do well with brush stroke, you can undo the last action by pressing the keyboard combination of Cmd / Ctrl + Z or the edit line shape with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A).
Take the Pen Tool (P) and outline the front surfaces of the letters, there is no need in being very exact.
Now the template can be deleted.
Select all the elements created by us, except for the background, and set the Color Dodge Blending mode for them in the Transparency palette.
Create the light glares on the letters. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a circle. Fill it with radial gradient from white to black color.
Now set the Color Dodge Blending mode for this shape in the Transparency palette.
Place such items in different places. Gradient of some elements can be replaced with black and gray.
Now create a few similar elements, but after filling with radial gradient bring the circle to the shape of an ellipse using the Selection Tool (V).
Locate the elliptical elements as shown in the image below.
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