Good day everyone.

I am trying hard to create a high resolution computer made image of an old German "Plaste und Elaste" neon advertisement (see below).

After thinking a lot, the way to go I have chosen (although I am open to new ones) is creating a three color, six line trail (like a rainbow but with less colors) and molding it to the letters. When it has to be done to an L, it is a piece of cake, but with curves the job gets hard... so, my question is, does anybody know how to do it with this method, or with a better one?

Thanks in advance fellas!

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Brief update: so far this is how it is looking

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Final update: thanks to Cai, this is the result:

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    Why not look for a similar font then convert it to a vector shape so you can play with it afterward? Here's some examples: Veselka, Monoton, Picadilly.
    – Paul
    Jun 23 '16 at 8:00
  • Thanks a lot for the suggestion, Paul :D. I thought about that, but none is a close enough match, and I want it to be as close as possible.
    – Gonzalo
    Jun 23 '16 at 12:59

Create a custom brush in Illustrator.

  1. Draw your lines
  2. Drag the lines to the brushes panel.

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  1. Draw your "S" as a single path
  2. Apply your brush

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You can either create your brush as an Art Brush or a Pattern Brush. You can define custom corners and ends with a pattern brush which may be useful to you, or you can use an art brush which will stretch the entire of the brush over the path.

  • Thanks a bunch for the method! I am going to try it ASAP, I will wirte back when I have it. :D (PD: I have always been reluctant to work with Illustrator, but you know, no pain no gain)
    – Gonzalo
    Jun 23 '16 at 13:32
  • I finally did it, it wasn't easy (because I am no good with Illustrator) but I managed.
    – Gonzalo
    Jun 28 '16 at 15:38

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