How To Draw and Design A Custom LED Neon Sign
Drawing and designing a custom neon sign is easier than you think. If you know how to use a word processor, like Microsoft Word, you already have the skills you need. Below, we’ll walk you through how to make a custom neon design.
For our tutorial example, we’ll use “Merry Christmas”. Of course, this could be anything you want, like “Happy Hanukkah” to a custom business name with a logo icon. The process is the same. To make your custom sign, you’ll need to decide on a font and optionally, on a graphic or icon.
Step One: Pick A Font
You’ll find lots of great fonts here. I’m going to select the handwriting category and then the “Better Grade” font.
Select font category:
Select Font (Better Grade in our example):
To get the font you want, select the download icon to download the font (the cloud with the down arrow) and save it to your computer. If using MS Window, click on the downloaded file to extra it (the download is a zip file so you need to decompress it or extra it). Once extracted, in MS Windows file manager, right click on the file and install it (see pic below).
That’s it! Your font is now in MS Word.
Tip: remember what the font is named! You’ll need that in the next step.
Step Two: Use A Favorite Document Editor Like Microsoft Word
Open MS Word and type in your content. For our tutorial, it’s “Merry Christmas”. Center the content on the page to make it look nice as you format it. To change the font to your downloaded font, highlight the text, and from your “Home” section in MS Word, select the font dropdown, and type in the name of your new font. In the example, it’s “Better Grade” and select it. You can size it accordingly. For the example, it’s 72pts.
Add color to your font and that’s it. Your custom neon design is ready to submit.
Step Three: Add An Icon To Your Design
If you want to add a graphic or icon, that’s easy as well. You’ll want a graphic that is “line art” so it can easily be made with led neon tubes. In our example, we’ll add a Christmas icon to our text. To find an icon, there are many websites, but my favorite is https://icons8.com/ . In the search bar, a search for “Christmas” shows lots of options. TIP: Select IOS icons. The Decorating Christmas Tree icon will work well in our tutorial. In addition, you can recolor it as needed. In our case, instead of black, it’s green.
Download the free icon (100 x 100 is fine). Once downloaded, you can drag and drop it into your MS Word document.
In our example, we’ve placed the icon below “Merry Christmas” to create a taller sign. Alternatively, the icon could be place beside our tag line “Merry Christmas”.
LED custom neon sign development does not need to be complicated. In fact, it’s quite simple and can be fun to create your own. If you’re planning your wedding reception and already have the invites, you can use a picture of the invite as the design. If in business, your logo can easily be transformed into an LED neon sign. Or build your own using the simple method illustrated here.
Whatever your design, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!