How can I achieve this light blue glow effect over text in Illustrator?

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    I don't see any color I would consider neon. Are you referring to the light blue on top of the white?
    – Ryan
    Jul 11, 2017 at 15:20
  • Or maybe you mean the Outer Glow and Drop Shadow? Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow and Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. The shadow would be light blue and the glow would be white
    – Manly
    Jul 11, 2017 at 15:43
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    While possible in Illustrator, it's more probable that this was created in Photoshop, or some other raster-based application, at least in part. To do this in Illustrator (and keep it vector) it would take a good understanding of gradient meshes.
    – Scott
    Jul 11, 2017 at 17:23
  • Subtle? Neon? I see a glow. Identify an effect specifically and I may be able to help you.
    – Webster
    Jul 11, 2017 at 20:57
  • Thank you all for your replies. You are right, the term glow is more suitable.
    – Tigre
    Jul 11, 2017 at 21:08

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To add the soft glows and highlights, Gradient Meshes would probably be a good option if Illustrator must be used.

It just takes a few small meshes to create the highlights.

(This is NOT perfect and is only included to show the methodology.)


...Meshes with transparent edges then a light blue center.

The outer glows are created by applying the Feather, Transform, and Offset Effect to additional fills. If I were strictly interested in only non-raster objects, I'd create the outer glow/shadow with a mesh as well.

The large dark blue stroke has shadows in it, I'd apply those with small meshes the same way the white highlights are created.

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