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Neon - Realistic Brush Set

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Illuminate your illustrations! Brighten your designs!

Once again, the Artifex Forge has been on an urban adventure - exploring the bright lights of the city in order to bring you better design resources! This time I've been searching for the best neon tubes to bring this super-realistic set of brushes to life.

If, like me, you find the majority of existing neon effects limiting, lifeless and a little unrealistic then this is the perfect set for you. Most are entirely computer generated and therefore lack the lifelike qualities and quirks of genuine neon tubing. With these brushes, you can really give your design the wow-factor. So, why are they so much better?

  • True-to-life: they are sourced from real neon tubing, so no flat, lifeless vector effects.

  • Multiple highlight options: this recognizes that when you have a group of neon tubes together, they illuminate each other, creating more highlights.

  • Flexibility: being brushes, they are malleable giving you more scope to create the images you want.

  • Fun: you're drawing with neon tubing... what more can I say?

Check out the video tutorial to see just how easy these are to use -

The pack contains all of these fantastic components:

  • The Brushes

28 flexible neon tube brushes.

If you are a tablet user, you'll be pleased to know that a version of the brushes with pressure sensitivity enabled is included. (Please note that this feature only works in Illustrator CS5+).

  • A quick reference guide

This will help you find the right brushes for the task in hand quickly.

  • Example files

Images 1,2,3,4 and 5 from the preview. Use these to see how I achieved the look. I've also included the screw and wire details that you see in the preview - use these as the finishing touch!

Please note: the example files and guide are compatible with Illustrator CS5 through CC only.

  • Instructions

A very thorough guide on how to load, apply and then adjust the brushes is supplied.

Please note! This product is compatible with Illustrator CS5 to CC only.

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Mac: Double click the .zip file, then search for the product folder or product file.

If you continue to have trouble, check out this help file for more tips.

Can I apply the brushes to an expanded text path?

In theory, yes. But the brushes were designed for drawing rather than applying as you would a graphic style. If you decide to apply a brush to a text path make sure it's a very simple path with few anchor points (if not you may find that the brush will distort (this applies to all Illustrator art brushes)). Using the path smoothing tool is a good way of removing anchor points and smoothing out paths.

An easier way of creating neon text is to trace over a piece of text using the brushes - this method gives you more control than if you were applying the brushes to an expanded text path.