Use this simple guide to create realistic neon lettering in minutes. Includes presets for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

These graphic styles were developed to compliment our Neon Font Collection, which includes a variety of designs that replicate the look of real glass neon tubing. We recommend using these fonts for the best results. If you don’t have our fonts but would like to try the presets, I recommend trying a lightweight sans serif font. Something like Raleway or Roboto from Google Fonts should work well.

Retro Neon Font Collection by Wing's Art Studio - Free Download

Please note that these presets are strictly not for resale and provided here for personal use only. To use these presets on commercial projects please purchase our Night Light Neon Font Collection or one of the single editions. Thank you.

Getting Started

Download Neon Fonts and Presets

Everything in this article is available in a handy pdf guide that you can download and keep. This also includes all of the presets and graphic styles that we’ll use in this tutorial.

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Create Authentic Neon Lettering In After Effects

Create realistic neon lettering in After Effects

Locate the After Effects Graphic Styles in folder Night Light Neon Font Collection > Graphic Styles > Adobe After Effects.

Upon opening the Neon Fonts Graphic Styles.aep file you will be presented with a document containing preset type with the neon effects applied.

Open the options for yor selected layer by pressing the down arrow and simply copy and paste the Layer Style onto your new text. Make fine adjustments using the Choke and Size settings inside Inner Glow to suit the size of your new text.

Create realistic neon lettering in After Effects
Copy and Paste ‘Layer Styles’.

Create realistic neon lettering in After Effects
Editable Settings

Create realistic neon lettering in After Effects
Some layers are hidden. Clicking this icon will reveal additional effects that can also be copied into your new project.

Create Realistic Neon Lettering In Photoshop

Neon Effects for Adobe Photoshop
Preset effects can be found in the Styles Panel.

Locate the Adobe Photoshop Graphic Styles in folder Night Light Neon Font Collection > Graphic Styles > Adobe Photoshop

Upon opening the Night Light Neon – Style Reference.psd file you will be presented with a document containing preset type with the coloured neon effects applied.

You have the option to either edit and copy the preset text or import the effects into your Graphic Styles Library by selecting Window > Styles. From this panel select the submenu > Import Styles. Locate the file Night Light Neon – Graphic Styles.asi to add these effects to its own panel ready for use.

Adjustments to any applied effect can be made in the Layer Style Window. Double click any effect to fine tune it’s settings. You may want to do this when making type bigger or smaller.

Neon Effects for Adobe Photoshop
Open layer options to reveal active effects.

Neon Effects for Adobe Photoshop
Double click to fine tune settings.

Create Authentic Neon Lettering In Illustrator

Create realistic neon lettering in Illustrator
Preset effects can be found in the Apperance Panel.

Locate the Adobe Illustrator Graphic Styles in folder Night Light Neon Font Collection > Graphic Styles > Adobe Illustrator.

Upon opening the Night Light Neon – Style Reference.ai file you will be presented with a document containing preset type with the coloured neon effects applied.

You have the option to either edit and copy the preset text or import the effects into your Graphic Styles Library by selecting Window > Graphic Styles. From this panel select the submenu > Open Graphic Style Library.

Locate the file Night Light Neon – Graphic Styles.ai to add these effects to its own panel ready for use. Adjustments to any applied effect can be made in the Apperance Panel. Double click any effect to fine tune it’s settings. You may want to do this when making type bigger or smaller.

Create realistic neon lettering in Illustrator
Apply new effects using the Graphic Style Panel.

Create realistic neon lettering in Illustrator
Fine tune the settings when changing type size.

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