How to Get Neon Colors in Photos


Adding neon colors to a photograph is an excellent way to make them pop. The further you enhance the neon colors the more Warhol-ish your photo will look. Small amounts of neon give an almost surreal look to the photo.

Step 1

Open your photograph in Photoshop. Create a new copy of your photograph so you are not working with the original. The copy will be the same, but your origianl photograph will be retained on your hard drive. To create a new copy, go to "File," "Save As" and give your photograph a new name.

Step 2

Press "Control" and "J" to create a duplicate layer of your photograph.

Step 3

Select "Filter," "Artistic" and "Neon Glow" from the menu bar.

Step 4

Select a color you think will enhance the photo.

Step 5

Input "4" for "Glow size" and "18" for "Glow brightness." Glow size indicated the thickness of the line of neon that you are adding to your photograph. A smaller number is equal to a thinner line; a larger number will cover more space on the photograph. Glow brightness lets you determine how bright you want your neon color to be. The lower the number you choose, the fainter your neon color will be; the higher the number, the brighter your neon will be.

Step 6

Select "Overlay" from the list of modes provided to complete your photo. If you are unhappy with your altered photograph, you can undo the overlay and neon by pressing "Control," "Alt," and "Z."

Things You'll Need

  • Photograph
  • Photoshop


  • Digital Photography School: 4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop!
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About this Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

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