This is my first tutorial ever written here at So, for my first tutorial, I decided to show you how to create a cool wallpaper with a neon glow effect in just a couple of steps using Adobe Photoshop and a little patience.

A wallpaper with a neon glow effect

1.Create a new Photoshop file

But let’s start with the first things first. The first thing you must do before being able to create your wallpaper is to create a new Photoshop file (you can use CTRL/CMD+N shortcut) and give it a name:

New file in Photoshop

2.Layer From Background

After you will do that, by using right-click on the background layer from the layers palette, choose Layer From Background to unlock it.

Create a layer from background in Photoshop

3.Add a radial gradient

Now we’ve done this step just fill the layer with a radial gradient using these colors:

Fill the layer with radial gradient in Photoshop

Please note that you are free to use any colors you like, but using these ones you will achieve the same result as mine. So now you should have something like this:

Navy background with a radial gradient

For the next step create a new layer from the layers palette and fill it with #00b6eb, then(with this layer selected) go to Filter->Render and select Lighting Effects. Here you can leave the default settings like I did or you can play with settings until you achieve something interesting. Set the layer blending to Overlay and reduce its opacity to 40%.

Phototshop overlay settings

Phototshop lighting settings

4.Create the first shape with the Pen Tool

Now it’s the part where we add our layers that define the wallpaper. Using the pen tool from the left toolbox start creating a shape like the one below:

Create a shape with Phototshop's Pen Tool

If you are encountering any problems with creating this shape you can always check out this great Pen Tool Photoshop tutorial.

5. Blending options linear gradient and outer glow

Now that we have this layer we can edit its Blending Options by adding a linear gradient from left to right (-180 degrees angle) and an outer glow:

Blending options gradient and outer glow

6. Add a neon glow effect in Photoshop

At this point, using the Pen Tool we’ll make a neon-glossy effect  by adding one more layers filled with white #ffffff color and 75% opacity:

Neon glow effect in Photoshop

If you’ve done all steps your Layers Palette should look like this now:

Layers in Photoshop

7. Add a gaussian blur

Duplicate the blue shape layer and now that we have twp of a kind select the one under and right-click on it to Clear Layer Style. Now that we have no blending style applied, select Filer->Blur->Gaussian Blur to have something like this:

Filter Blur Gaussian Blur settings in Photoshop

Simple neon effect wallpaper

8. Use Stroke Path to create lines

The next step is adding a nice glowing effect using Pen Tool again and Stroke Path this time. First, the default settings for Pen Tool is to create shapes, this time we will use it to create a path, so you have to select Paths  as shown below:

Pen Tools settings

Create a new layer, click on the spot where you want to start the path. Then, in order to create a wavy path, click and drag for the next anchor point:

Pen Tools start path

Continue doing this until your path will look like this:

Pen Tools complete path

9. Brush settings

Select the Brush Tool from the left toolbox and then open the Brush Panel to modify some settings for our brush:

Brush settings toolbox

Now you’ve done all this choose #3aceff color as foreground color and assure you have made the right settings in the Brush Panel: Shape Dynamics and Scattering-these are very important for this step.

Select the Pen Tool, right-click on the path you made, Stroke Path and check Simulate Pressure box. The result should look like this:

Stroke Path and Simulate pressure settings

You can now repeat the steps and add extra layers and effects. For this tutorial I continued to add a green stripe and a white one:

Neon wallpaper with three stripes

For the final touch, you can add some stars using the custom shape tool. Use a soft rounded 1500px brush to add some green neon color to the background.

10. Download the wallpaper

A neon glow effect in Photoshop, with three stripes and tiny stars

Download the .zip archive

This is the final result, I hope you like it! Feel free to download it and good luck with learning new things.