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In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing starburst abstract background that looks great for darker, maniacal headers, and signatures. The steps in this tutorial can be altered in an uncountable amount of ways to get a completely different result, so do try experimenting with different techniques, and tricks to add your own spin to the final rendition.
Here is an example of what you will be creating with this tutorial:
Here is how this type of background would look as a basic forum signature with a game render added to give you an idea of how something like this can be used:
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Open a new document in photoshop that is 500 x 500 pixels in size, and fill the background with black (#000000).
Press CTRL + SHIFT + N to create a new layer.
Get out the Custom Shape Tool ().
Select the default shape named "Boom 1" and apply the following settings to the custom shape tool:
Using these settings, draw a shape in the center of the canvas as l've done here:
Get out the Pen Tool () and Right-Click in anywhere inside of our shape and choose "Make Selection".
Set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF), get out the Flood Fill Bucket () and fill this selection:
Press CTRL + D to deselect the selection.
Go to Filter->Distort->Wave and apply the following settings: Click 'Randomize' a few times to get a good random shape.
Go to Filter->Blur->Radial Blur and apply the following settings:
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard two times to repeat the Radial Blur filter twice more.
Next press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Go to Edit->Transform->Flip Horizontally.
Press CTRL+ E on your keyboard to merge these two layers into one.
Name this layer "Starburst". I will refer to this layer later in the tutorial.