TRON Grid

TRON Grid
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Step 42 - Text

Go to Filter > Pixelate > Fragment.
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Step 43 - Text Glow

Double click on the text layer, and set the blending options to what you see below.
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Step 44 - Checkpoint

You should see something like this now.
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Step 45 - Lens Flare

If you don't have one of these like I did looking back at my old layers palette, make a duplicate of the flattened lens flare ("lens flare copy"). Move it to the bottom of the text like you see below.
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Step 46 - Text Reflection -- A

Duplicate the text layer. Hit (control/command + T), and right click to flip the text upside down (vertical).
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Step 47 - Text Reflection -- B

Move it down like you see below, so that it looks like a reflection.
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Step 48 - Text Reflection -- C

Move the reflection layer below "layer 1", or whatever layer name you have that has a blue gradient on it. Set the reflection layer's opacity to 50%.
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Step 49 - Finishing Touches -- A

Go back and find your original and upright text layer. Turn on the visibility of that black layer (if you deleted it, just make another, and put it right underneath the text layer) and put it underneath the text layer. Click on the text layer in your palette, and then hit (control/command + E) to merge the layers. You should see this below:
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Step 50 - Finishing Touches -- B

Set the blending mode for this layer to "linear dodge (add)". Then your text should really glow. And then you're done.
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Step 51 - Conclusion

Congratulations, you've reached the end of the tutorial! I hope you understood what was going on, and enjoyed learning about this effect as much as I did teaching it. I encourage you to keep playing around with this effect, practice the techniques, and try to improve on areas here and there that you think could use improvement. It is all up to you as the artist -- good luck! Below are two versions of this finished effect that I've done.

Tron Grid
Tron Grid 2

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5 comments on “TRON Grid”

    1. Thanks for your correction! You're right - it is Ctrl+H. I'll update the tutorial with the proper hotkey.

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