How to Create Light Painting Effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a neon like tron effect. This kind of effects create majestic wow effect into any average image. This is equally helpful for graphic designers and web designers.
Graphic Designers will use this effect in Photo Manipulations, Digital Paintings, Commercial Industrial designing and actually it can fit anywhere. Web Designers can use it to add shine in a web design.

Since this is my last tutorial before Christmas, I wanted to make something with lights 🙂
Next week I’ll make a  roundup of the best tutorials on the web in December 2011.

Final Result

This is what we are making!

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

The Gong Hits

We start off with this image. I removed the background as you can see. We do this all the time 😛

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Select the Pen Tool and make a curve according to the bends of the mouse.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Make a new layer, then select brush tool and adjust the brush settings according to the image below. Go to the Path section of the Layer panel. Right click on the work path and then select the Stroke Path. Remember adjust the brush settings and the color first.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Here is the Curve!

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Here I’m going to apply the outer glow to the curve with these setting and the same color of the curve.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Here I’m going to apply the color overlay to the curve with the same color.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Result

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Boring Stuff

Now comes the boring part, this is the time to draw all the curves.  I selected Pen Tool on which I’ll apply the same layer styles which I did earlier on the first curve.
Remember! each of these curves is on a separate layer in the paths section.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

I’m going to apply the same blue color layer style on these curves of the mouse.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

The Difference

Here I’m going to apply a different color on the curves, but how..?
You need the same styles which I used before, but for these curves you should just replace the color overlay color and the outer glow color with this yellow code: #ffbe00

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Background

Making a file for the background.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Go to Filter>Render>Clouds

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Go to Filter>Pixelate>Mosaic and then set the amount of squares to 23, hit OK.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Go to Filter>Noise>Median then set the radius to 3, OK.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Go to Filter>Stylize>Glowing Edges adjust the settings then OK.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Result

Here I transformed the background according to the height and width of our object, mouse.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Select the Eraser tool and the then adjust the Eraser Brush and the erase background edges. I’m keeping it simple, otherwise we could also make a mask to remove the unnecessary parts.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Now take a new layer select soft brush and make random brush strokes of the matching colors on the background, then change the blend mode to overlay.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Select the Type tool and type designzzz (don’t you dare write anything else!) in the same blue color and apply the same layer styles which we used for the curves.

Text Effect

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Duplicate the Text Layers, rasterize the new one and then Go to filter>Blur>Motion Blur adjust the angle and distance then OK.  Put this layer under the Designzzz Text layer.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Here I type the Legacy. You can give it the same layer styling which I applied before but I have left it without styling so that you can get both results.

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

Final result

Creating a tron effect photoshop tutorial technology december 2011

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Comments
  1. AngelZxxWingZ December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I Find this usefull but I think it’s overdone…….

    Up until the first result(just before the boring stuff) ……..meaning glow on the left side of the mouse was perfect….. Maybe just add the Text and voila .perfect result….
    At least I perceive it that way…..Other than that Great tut

    1. waseem December 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Well, we have to take care of the details, its basically just the effect we’re trying to teach but sometimes overdoing is the way to go… Because if we don’t, there ‘certain people’ who say that you are the teacher, if you don’t go into the details how will the student be able to create ‘perfect’ graphics.
      I’m sure you understand my problem 🙂

  2. Tutorial Pulse December 25, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Great idea… looks like TRON the movie.

    1. waseem December 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      You know what… I actually named this tutorial “Tron Effect” but our Editor didn’t understand that (he hasn’t seen the film). Besides thought not everyone would have seen the movie so it shouldn’t come in title. I don’t know why I didn’t mention the movie in the description.
      My New Year Resolution No. 1: Never miss-out anything!!

  3. Ahmad Awais December 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

    You must give a complete tuto on how to use pen tool at the best of its stack !

    1. Tayyab December 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      We featured a detailed tutorial here, have a look
      http://www.designzzz.com/photoshop-pen-tool-tutorial/

  4. Reklam Tasarim January 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    This is wonderful tutorial thank you.

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