Neon Glow Photoshop walkthrough

Hopefully you'll have already read the Simple Glass Still Life post on the blog. If you haven't, you might want to, or this one will make very little sense. Following that post there were several requests for a more detailed step-by-step description of the Photoshop process used to create the digitally manipulated images, so that's what this is. Don't say we never listen!

Details of how the original image was created are in the initial blog post so won't be repeated here. Also bear in mind that this walkthrough describes how I created the final image - you may choose to vary elements of the process to better suit your own image and tastes. Please note that this walkthrough has been streamlined from the original process briefly described in the Simple Glass Still Life post. This is because the final output evolved slightly as I went through that digital manipulation process. This is a far more direct route to the final image. All digital manipulation was carried out using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Click on any of the images/screenshots in this walkthrough for a larger view.

Original image

Glowing glass

Step 1

1. Open image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Create new layer from background (Alt+L, Alt+N, Alt+B).

Step 3

Click Image (Alt+I), Resize (Alt+R) and Canvas Size...

Step 4

4. Change the units to percent, enter 400 in Width, 300 in Height and anchor to the top-left corner.

Step 5

Fit canvas to screen (Ctrl+0).

Step 6

6. Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J).

Step 7

7. Click on and drag the top layer to the right of the bottom layer.

Step 8

Bring up the HueSaturation window (Ctrl+U).

Step 9

9. Set Hue to 30 and click OK.

Step 10

Merge layers (Ctrl+E).

Step 11

Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J).

Step 12

12. Click on and drag the top layer to the right of the bottom layer.

Step 13

Bring up the HueSaturation window (Ctrl+U).

Step 14

14. Set Hue to 60 and click OK.

Step 15

15. Merge layers (Ctrl+E).

Step 16

16. Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J).

Step 17

Step 18

Bring up the HueSaturation window (Ctrl+U).

Step 19

Step 20

Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J).

Step 21

21. Click on and drag the top layer to below the middle layer.

Step 22

Bring up the HueSaturation window (Ctrl+U).

Step 23

23. Set Hue to 120 and click OK.

Step 24

Flatten layers (Alt+L, Alt+F) and save image (Ctrl+S).

Final image

Neon glow