Create a neon glitch photo effect in a few clicks in Photoshop
Learn how to set up your Photoshop document and customize your results by following the tutorial video in the presentation below or viewing here.
This Photoshop Action will allow you to transform a simple image cutout into a completed modern design, with full layer control to both edit the look and built onto it with more design elements you wish to add.
Neon glitch photo effect features include:
- A fully layered and well organized Photoshop file.
- The ability to create neon shapes in front and behind your subject, where the glow from the neon lights interacts with your subject.
- Create any shape you like as your neon element, including text! You can build up your neon shapes over multiple layers if you like.
- Choose from 235 light effect overlays to add to your completed design.
- Choose from 30 preset color options as well as the ability to manually adjust the color for different design elements.
- An in depth video tutorial walking you through how to setup your Photoshop document and customise all of the layers after the Action has finished.
The Neon Glitch Photo Effect is for Photoshop CS5 and above
Important to know
- Make sure you are using the English version of Photoshop to run the Action on. All Sevenstyles Actions will only work in the English version of Photoshop.
- Check you are using a version of Photoshop that the Action supports.
- Watch the video tutorial to ensure you have your Photoshop file setup correctly. You can view the video tutorial in the above ‘Tutorial‘ section. A link to the tutorial is also included in the ‘Readme‘ file in the download.
- Use high-resolution photos with the Action for the best results and to avoid errors. I highly recommend scaling your photo into the 4000px – 5000px range for the best results. Even if your photo is only 1000px (on the long side), scale it up much larger.
- With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can install multiple versions of Photoshop. If you like this Action but is not supported on your version of Photoshop, you can always install an additional version of Photoshop to run the Action on. Once an Action has been tested and working on a version of Photoshop, it will always work.
Having troubles with the Action?
- Double-check you have your file set up correctly as shown at the beginning of the video tutorial.
- Check the resolution of your photo. If its a low-resolution photo (<1000px), take the shortest length of your photo and increase it to around 4500px or more.
- Have a look at my support topics here. I list all common errors with solutions.
- If you are still stuck, please email me with a screenshot of your entire Photoshop interface where the error shows. Please let me also know what version of Photoshop you are using so I can help you faster. You can find my email address in the ‘How to contact me‘ topic on the support page.
Create custom effects
Photo effect Actions can be combined to create new effects. Follow these steps below:
- Run the first Action on your photo.
- Once you are happy with the result, save your design as a Jpeg image.
- Close your Photoshop file and re-open the image you just saved.
- Now run another Action over your photo! This will then stack the second effect on top of the first. You can then experiment with using layer masks to blend between the first and second effect.
There are so many undiscovered effects that can be created!
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Ensure your subject is on a transparent background: 0:40
Loading the Photoshop Action: 0:50
Loading the Photoshop Brushes: 2:20
Playback of the Action: 3:11
Step 1 - Neon shapes behind the subject: 3:24
Step 2 - Brush on neon light radius: 5:12
Step 3 - Neon shapes in front of the subject: 6:33
Step 4 - Adding a light effect overlay: 7:43
Layer breakdown: 9:04