Neon anything

  • March 19, 2014
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: kavabanga
  • License: CC-0
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Hey blendswappers :) here is a little mock-up I made - hope it will be usefull for someones work. It is possible to make any kind of old-school neon signs or use it for a logo, as I did. Feel free to experiment. Cycles. If you know how to convert text into curves, know how to use array and curve modifiers - *download now and enjoy. *

If you don't - here is few simple tips for ya!

First of all - all this work based on two modifiers - curve and array. Curve modifier bends flexible objects using the path of bezier curv, or a text curv. Array modifier samples the object in any diraction as many times as you want. So using them both is the best way to cover any shape with prepared cilinder (by 20 of them).

Lets start! If you want just a curve of neon - Shift+A - bezier. Flex it using edit. Then you can pick any of my neon tubes and duplicate it. Then go to modifiers, curv modifire, and change the curv at the bottom to yours (you can name it somehow to find it easy). Then use Grab and Size to adjust it. If the tube is to long or too short go to modifiers again, array modifier, and change the count of objects. Got it? High five!

If you want a neon text - dont be worry, it's easy! Shift+A - text. Change the font if you want - I use defoult and Nautilus (it's awesome by the way). You will need to make any single letter a separate object - type one, and create a new one. Then go to left bottom of the screen - object - convert - curve from mesh/text. Gratz! Now you have a single letter curv. To adjust the tube to it - use the first tip. And don't forget to do a little intervals - it looks real. I've got a little bug while adjust a new curve in the modifier - it wont flex until I hit Cntrl+Z. Don't know whats the matter but it works :)

So, basically this is it. Hope you will enjoy it. If you will have any questions - feel free to comment. And criticise it immideately!


  • FayZee profile picture

    Thanks for providing this for our benefit, and for including instructions and making it CC Zero :-)

    Edited March 20, 2014
  • kavabanga profile picture

    You're welcome :)

    Edited March 21, 2014
  • wi-chi profile picture

    Thank you very much for sharing it and for a detailed explanation of how it works too.

    Written April 02, 2014