I first created the clock in Illustrator CS2 then copied it.
I then created a new layer in Photoshop and opened the Paths palette, then pasted in the clock. I chose Path as the mode I wanted.
In the Paths palette we can the clock clearly.
Here's what the file looks like in the layer. Before we proceed, either reduce the size of the clock or increase the size of the image using Canvas Size otherwise the neon effect will fall outside of the file. I used the Control+T option to reduce the size a little after showing you the picture below.
Select the Path Selection tool and select the outer portion of the clock. Now change to the Brush tool and choose a soft brush around 65 pixels.
In the Paths palette select Stroke Subpath.
Make sure to have Brush selected and Simulate Pressure unchecked.
You should have a brush stroke that looks like the one below.
Let's choose a smaller brush and a lighter blue and apply the stroke one more time.
And once again choose a smaller brush and a lighter blue. Apply the stroke again.
Here's the result of the three strokes.
For the red circle I reduced the size of the first brush and used only two versions of the color. The numbers were done in three brush sizes from dark to light. The dial was also done in three brush sizes with the lightest version being white. I then selected the circle and arrow points, selected a 45 pixel brush and deep red, and applied another stroke.
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