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Andrei Marius On March - 17 - 2011

Hi there. In the following tutorial you can learn to create a fluorescent text effect. After we add the text we expand it and add multiple strokes with different blending modes and opacity percentages. Using the Offset path along with various tools and effects we will create the rest of the shapes.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
Number of Steps: 16


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 300px document. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape the size of your Artboard. Fill it with R=53 G=52 B=54 then open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Fill. This will add a second fill for your shape. Make it black, lower its opacity to 30%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below then click OK. Add a third fill for this rectangle and use the radial gradient shown in the following image. Change its blending mode to Multiply and lower its opacity to 25%.

Step 02

Open the Brushes panel then open the fly out menu and go to Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil. Pick the Pen Tool(P). Draw two vertical paths and a horizontal one then use the Chalk brush. Select these three paths and group them (Control+G). Next, you need to mask this group. Duplicate the shape made in the previous step. Select this copy, fill it with white and move it above the group. Select all these shapes and go to the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask. Now, your group should be masked. Select it, lower its opacity to 5% and change the blending mode to Multiply.

Step 03

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For the following step you will need a grid every 2px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 2 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 4 by 4px shape. Fill it with R=28 G=23 B=26 then add a 0,15 stroke (R=65 G=64 B=66). Select the fill (from the Appearance panel) and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below and click OK. Make a copy of this circle. Finally, place these two shapes as shown in the image below. The Snap to Grid will ease your work.

Step 04

Select the circles made in the previous step and group them (Control+G). Select this new group and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown in the left window, click OK then go again to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown in the second window then click OK.

Step 05

For the following step you will need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create two similar shapes (700px wide and 110px tall). Fill them with R=171 G=245 B=8 and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 80 radius, click OK then group them. Next, you need to mask this group. Duplicate the shape made in the first step. Select this copy, fill it with white and move it above this fresh group. Select all these shapes and go to the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask. Now, your group should be masked. Select it, lower its opacity to 15% and change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 06

Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Pick the Type Tool(T) and add your white text. Use the Arial Black font with a size of 120pt then go to Object > Expand. Select the resulting shapes and go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Fill the resulting path with none and add a 2pt, white stroke.

Step 07

Focus on the shape made in the previous step. Select the stroke, lower its opacity to 50% and replace the existing color with R=171 G=245 B=8. Drag it above the Duplicate Selected Item icon from the bottom of the Appearance panel. This will add a copy of the stroke. Select it, decrease the size to 1pt and replace the color with R=255 G=255 B=23. Add a third stroke. Make it 1pt wide and fill it with R=171 G=245 B=8.

Step 08

Keep focusing on the shape from the previous step. Select the top stroke, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, enter a 1px radius and click OK. Select the middle stroke, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, enter a 3px radius and click OK. Select the bottom stroke, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, enter a 3px radius and click OK. Now your text should look like in the following image. Open the Graphic Styles panel. Select the text path, open the fly-out menu and click on New Graphic Style. This will create a new graphic style. You’ll need it for a final step.

Step 09

Select the text path, hit Control+C then hit Control+B. This will add a copy in back. Select it, remove the existing strokes and add a new one. Make it black, 20px wide and lower its opacity to 50%. Reselect the entire path. Lower its opacity to 30%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 25px radius then click OK. Once again, select the text path and make a copy in the back. Select it, remove the existing strokes and add a new one. Make it 2pt wide (R=171 G=245 B=8) and lower its opacity to 50%. Reselect the entire path, lower its opacity to 50% then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 10px radius then click OK. Finally, with this shape still selected, hit the right arrow and the down arrow twice.

Step 10

Select the text shape (made in the eight step) and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -3px Offset and click OK.

Step 11

Enable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. For the following step you will need a grid every 2px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 2 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create the group of shapes shown in the first image. Fill them with the same radial gradient. Grab the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) and click on the left and right anchor points. Select the resulting shapes, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a 2px radius.

Step 12

Disable the Snap to Grid. Select the shapes from the previous step, make several copies and spread them along the text. This will add some highlight points for the text. For the rounded areas use the Warp > Arc effect. You will also need to move the gradients a few pixels up,down,left or right.

Step 13

Reenable the Snap to Grid. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L). Create a 700 by 65px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with R=171 G=245 B=8, lower its opacity to 5% then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a 80px radius.

Step 14

Grab the Pen Tool(P) and draw some horizontal and vertical paths as shown in the image below. Select all these paths and click on the saved graphic style.

Step 15

Pick the Ellipse Tool and create a 4 by 4px shape. Fill it with the radial gradient then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a 2px radius. Make several copies of this circle and place them as shown in the image below.

Step 16

Finally, use the shapes type of shapes made in the eleventh step to add some highlight points for the paths made in the previous step.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like. You can replace the green tints with some blue tints as shown in the second image. Experience, there are countless possibilities.


Categories: Text Effects

15 Responses

  1. designi1 says:

    Really nice tutorial. Gona use it for the designi1 logo…soon as i get motivation to continue the work! nice one thanks for share!

  2. rajasegar says:

    Great tutorial and techniques well explained.
    Thanks for sharing…
    Bookmarked!!

  3. Noushad says:

    thnx for sharing

  4. crearedan says:

    Nice tutorial & easy to follow.
    I will be looking forward to using this style to inspire bits of my work to add something a bit different to help my headers to stand out!!

  5. deeemonnn says:

    WOW! It’s great!

  6. söve says:

    Very nice tutorial.Thanks.

  7. Erjen P says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! It’s very clear.

  8. Gigi says:

    Awesome logo effect, i’ll redesign my logo following this tutorial!

  9. Raj Mehta says:

    Nice Glowing Fluorescent Text Effect

    thanks for sharing this tut

    :)

  10. STIVEN says:

    Excelente tutorial Gracias

  11. Herman says:

    what is this a tutorial for Photoshop or Illistrator

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