- use a color other than white for the text, this will let more of the neon shine through (depending on how light your color it) and the entire text rather than just the outside will be neon.
- skip the reflection (pics 7&8) to create more of a clean look
- try using different outer glows like noisy or radioactive for a different look
To speed up the process a bit I have made a layer that can be used instead of painting. Simply create your black background, white text, add the glow, then place this over the top and change the layer style to color. To download double click on it to pull it up in a new window, then right click and hit save as picture. Then save it somewhere were you might see it again.