Step-by-step: Discover how to il­lus­trate and light up a neon sign

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation | Artist Q & A -

1 I cre­ate the sil­hou­ette of the sign on top of a brick wall. I don’t have to ren­der all of the wall be­cause the neon light only il­lu­mi­nates a small area. I grab a free tex­ture from www.tex­tures.com and then con­vert the light­ing us­ing Lev­els and Curves. I mount the neon light on a glass plate for added 2 vis­ual in­ter­est. I Use Blend­ing Op­tions>Bevel and Em­boss and In­ner Glow to build it up in three dimensions. Then I blend them with a Soft Air­brush and add spec­u­lar high­lights us­ing a Hard brush. 3 I then add the elec­tri­cal hard­ware be­hind the neon sign: the rods that con­nect the tubes to the plate and thin wires on the tubes to se­cure it in place. The re­flec­tion of yel­low neon signs is of­ten red­dish in­stead of yel­low, such as the one on the glass.

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