Neon filters are all the new rage on social media websites. They help make mundane photos interesting all the while helping your subject pop out from the background much more easily. A few years ago, getting neon filters to work required complex desktop tools like Photoshop and after effects depending on the type of content at hand. But thanks to modern-day smartphones that have the exceptional processing power, we can achieve the same effect right on your phone itself.
Instead of using long exposure photography to create neon outlines on your photos, we will be using dedicated apps that come with built-in filters. These apps use complex algorithms to differentiate between your subjects and background in order to take away the hassle of separating the two yourself. For this guide, we will be using the famous mobile photo editor: Picsart Studio.
Picsart has been around for a few years now and has been at the forefront of free, easy and beginner-friendly photo editing for mobile platforms. It is a comprehensive app that is packed to the brim with creative filters and frames that can enhance your photos exquisitely. Here is a quick step by step guide that will help you get a neon sketch effect on your photos using Picsart.
How to get Neon effect on a photo
Step 1: Download and install the PicsArt photo editor app from the Play Store. Open the app when done.
Step 2: Grant it the necessary permissions to access your local storage. You will be greeted by the home screen of the app.
Step 3: Tap on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of your screen. Now select the photo that you want to edit from your local storage.
Step 4: Scroll the tabs on your bottom pane and find the one titled as ‘brushes’.
Step 5: Select the third brush from the left as shown in the screenshot below. This will help you apply neon sketch effects on your photo.
Step 6: Select the desired color of your choice from the palette shown above and simply start drawing your desired shape.
Note: You can pinch to zoom in and use two fingers to move the picture around for a more refined drawing experience.
Step 7: Save your drawing by tapping on the ‘tick’ in the top left-hand corner of your screen.
Step 8: Now tap on the right-hand arrow in the top right corner again. This will help you save you image. Select your desired platform from the next window to save your image.
You should now have the neon sketch effect on your photo. If you were only looking for neon sketch effects, then your search ends here but in case you want to get rid of the background and only keep the rest of the image then follow the steps mentioned below.
We hope this guide helps you get the desired effect that you were looking for. What did you think about Picsart? Did we miss out on anything? Feel free to share your opinions and views with us in the comments section below.