I want to start off this week's Quick Tip with a quick apology.
I wasn't able to bring you last week's lesson because I was in a small accident. One of my car's front wheels came off and ran for the hills of middle Pennsylvania. I wasn't injured, but I had to listen to my tow truck driver's take on the current political climate during the hour-and-a-half drive home.
Also, it's real friggin' cool.
Create any design you like using bright, saturated colors and precompose all your layers together.
The first thing you'll want to do is to create an unlit neon sign. Start out by duplicating your precomposed layer and hiding the top one by clicking the eye icon next to it.
Right-click on the bottom layer, hover over Layer Styles and select Bevel and Emboss, as shown in the image to the right.
Do it all over again but add a Drop Shadow the second time around.
You'll then want to add a Fill effect to the layer and turn it gray, much like a neon sign would look when it's turned off.
Once you're done with that, add a Glow effect to the layer.
Twirl the top layer down. Under Inner Glow, set your opacity to 50 percent. Under Bevel and Emboss, set your Highlight Opacity to zero percent and your Shadow Opacity to 15 percent.
You'll then want to create a new Solid layer. It doesn't matter what color it is because you're going to add a 4-color Gradient effect to it.
It should look something like this.
Once you're done with that, open up the drop-down menu under the Mode column and select Vivid Light. Readjust the layer's Opacity to about 50 percent, and your neon light will be lit against the wall.
Now, granted that none of my other wheels decide to run away, I'll be back for another Quick Tip in a week.