NEON text effect (with template)

As a follow up to this discussion, here’s my attempt at creating a neon text effect.

NOTE: This is ONE way to do it, if anyone have a better method, feel free to add it to this discussion.

To reproduce the effect, download and study this MLT file:
neon-sign_black-BG.mlt (7.9 KB)

I used the Neon 80s font, available for free on dafont.com

Here’s the text without the effect:

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And with the effect:

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Here are the filters used (the order is important):

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  • I used 2 Glow filters with different settings, but you can deactivate/edit one or the other to vary the intensity of the effect.
  • The Size, Position & Rotate filter can be activated and used to position and resize the text in your project.

And here’s an example of the effect used in a project:
NEON-640x360

I realize that this effect can be hard to reproduce for beginners, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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@MusicalBox , excellent once again! Really cool effect. Removing a random single frame of
the transparent file on V2 also gives it that flickering effect reminiscent of films like Blade Runner etc. (My blatant use of your MLT for demonstration!)

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Nice!

Phillip K Dick would be proud of you :slight_smile:
I wonder how many fans of Blade Runner read the book…

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Very cool. Thanks for the instructions and MLT file as well, @musicalbox. Your stream of creative ideas seems endless! Please keep them coming!

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Thank you Jon!

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