I would like to create an effect like the one in the picture but I'm a noob.

The idea is like the light in a phosphor screen that reveals it's pixels. I guess there's a texture layer and some sort of blend mode involved but I don't know if the texture is above or below the light and how to solve this. Can anybody give a hint to reproduce something like this?

screen revealing its pixels

Thank you

  • But it isn't a snippet of CRT screen image, it's a drawing or from something else than from a CRT display.See how smooth and sharp the yellow curve is, much sharper than the existing screen pixels would make possible.
    – user82991
    Commented Feb 8, 2020 at 1:16
  • Yes, it's a drawing but I want to do something similar and I don't know how.
    – equalium
    Commented Feb 8, 2020 at 15:29

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I would use a brush stroke with some layer effects applied, such as an outer glow and drop shadow, then add a layer above with a pattern fill and reduced opacity. Then brighten everything up with a curves adjustment on top

Something like this:

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The pattern I used looks like this

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  • Fantastic! This is just what I wanted. Thank you very much.
    – equalium
    Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 9:47

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