Make Neon Signs In Gimp

Make your own neon letters using GIMP.

It’s usually a good idea to make your website as visually interesting and exciting as possible. If you want to create an ad or web-page graphic that really catches the reader’s (or viewer’s) eye, consider a neon sign effect. You might think you’d need the services of a professional graphic artist using a complex and pricey program to create such an effect, but you can do it yourself using the freeware graphics program GIMP.


1. Open GIMP. Select “File” from the menu and click “New.” In the new document dialog box that pops up, choose the pixel width and height that you want for the document. If the document is going to be printed, switch to inches to set the size and then change the resolution to 300 pixels per inch. Click “OK.”

2. Select the “Text” tool from the toolbar on the upper left. In the tool properties panel on the lower left, choose the font style (it is best to use a cursive script so the lettering looks connected) as well as the size you want. The color doesn’t matter since you will be changing that later.

3. Click on the canvas. This will bring up the separate type dialog where you type in your text. When you are done, click “OK.”

4. Select “Filters,” then “Alpha to Logo” and click “Alien Neon.” In the dialog choose the “Glow” color (which will also be applied to your text) and the “Background” color. Then adjust the other options (like the number of bands and their width) and click “OK.”

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5. Select “File” and click “Save.” In the dialog box that pops up, name you file and save it as a JPEG.