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Step 1:

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Okay, so create a new layer then with the layer selected, select the text tool and set the font to the varsity font then type IN CAPITAL LETTERS your text select a colour of your choice then set the size appropriately.

Then we need to get the magic wand tool and select the middle parts and delete them - leaving the outer line on the text

Step 2: The magic of layers

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So what are layers? you might ask, well layers are effectively transparent windows you have on top of your background, each layer has a different element  to the picture giving you a full image when composed, layers allow you to edit and add effects ( blurs, distorts, glows ect. ) to a layer at a time instead of adding a full effect to a full image

that said your going to need to duplicate your text layer 2x Then rename one to glow and the other two to text then colour your background black using the paint bucket tool

if you've done all this then move on >>

Step 3: Getting ready to glow!

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Now we need to recolour the glow layer, so select the glow layer then the recolour tool (red circle than an arrow pointing to a blue circle) or hit the 'r' key, now select the same blue you used as the text colour to your secondary colour (the droplet tool, right click the text) then your primary colour to a lighter colour of what you chosen originally. Then make your paint brush to a big size and colour the text. You will not see an instant change you need to uncheck the tick boxes next to the two text layers to see a change.

Step 4: Turn it on :P

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Now were gonna give it that all important glow so with the glow layer still selected go in to Effects>Blurs> Gaussian blur... 

      set the blur level to around 12 and hit  

then do the same to the bottom text layer but put the blur to around 4 and again hit okay
yespotato5 years ago
even though this isnt real stuff its the coolest one so far
DrWilson (author)  yespotato5 years ago
GianniMora5 years ago
sexy ible!!!
DrWilson (author)  GianniMora5 years ago
Thanks ;)
Kaelessin5 years ago
heh i wonder if this could be used for a concept art version of the elwire contest for the more impoverished makers or if entrants actually have to fork over the dough for the stuff and hope they win something.
DrWilson (author)  Kaelessin5 years ago
Nice Idea!

I can't figure this out.. I've tried it a few times now, wish the instructions were more clear.

plmqaz12434 years ago
Yes, I love "maths" too.
zilcho5 years ago
Dude, Photoshop is WAY better than paint.net
Isn't photoshop like seven hundred dollars? Not exactly a hobbyist's tool.
DrWilson (author)  JamesRPatrick4 years ago
Yhea but with the magic of Cough Cough *T*O*R*R*E*N*T s Cough cough
Ninja15075 years ago
Looks nice... but i'll agree with the others, it shouldn't be a winner unless its real el-wire. I could model some complex model in 3ds max and have virtual elwire in it. but I'd never expect to win.
DrWilson (author)  Ninja15075 years ago
Thanks and you're' right, I Dont expect to win
It's still a nice tutorial for those who want to learn photoshop (Paint.NET (Which I use even though I have PS CS4 cause its a bit overkill to use sometimes))
DrWilson (author)  Ninja15075 years ago
Canas5 years ago
Hmm. Nice idea, but the title was a bit misleading. Here I thought it would actually involve EL wire, not just a PS tutorial.
DrWilson (author)  Canas5 years ago
lemonie5 years ago

Good effect. But you do have to use real EL wire for the contest.

DrWilson (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Hmm, you dont as the rules state -your instructable must involve El wire this does, but virtually, it doesn't state that it cant be virtual.

We'll see what the judges think then. Putting "virtually" before things can be a clever excuse / validation. But do you seriously think this is a winner (without real EL wire)?

DrWilson (author)  lemonie5 years ago
i would hope so as ive spent just as much time on this as pepole who are using el wire - which there are no entries with yet
007dna5 years ago
I am going to try this with Flash CS4.....
DrWilson (author)  007dna5 years ago
hope it goes well
TSC5 years ago
DrWilson (author)  TSC5 years ago
TSC DrWilson5 years ago
You're welcome!!