EL Wire - Digital




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Step 1:

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

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!

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

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

Step 5: Making It Look More Realistic

It looks good but not so realistic, so duplicate the top text layer, select the top duplicate and recolour it to a white/the colour you chosen mix (so its lighter than the underneath text layer.) Then give the dark underneath text layer a Gaussian blur of 1 or 2

Step 6: 3D!

Okay yeah it glows, we can do better lets make it say .. 3D?

so were gonna need to merge all the glow layers ( all the ones with a Gaussian blur of 5+)
then merge the text layers (the top two) 

so you should have 3 layers text, glow and the background

select the glow layer and hit Ctrl+Shift+Z to bring up the rotate zoom window.

now move the ball around until a desired angle is reached. Hit OK.
then do the same for the text layer BUT move the position slightly so it looks to be standing off the glow

Step 7: Fin!

So now you know. now go and have a play around with fonts and other stuff and show us what you made, thanks for reading this instructable :)



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    27 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    well actually i want to say : it's a good thing that u use Pain.net :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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))


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm. Nice idea, but the title was a bit misleading. Here I thought it would actually involve EL wire, not just a PS tutorial.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.