Tutorial Spotlight: Shatter Background
Learn how to create an abstract shatter background that looks great in signature/banner backgrounds. This is a very quick, and easy technique that anyone can do.
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In this tutorial we will be creating a very stylish chrome electroplate that will work great for your signatures, and interface designs. The techniques used in this tutorial are easily adapted to various other applications, however here is an example of what we will be creating with this tutorial:
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Create a new document in photoshop that is 500x500 in size, and fill the background with #6A6A6A.
Set your foreground color to #DEE0E2, and get out your text tool (), and set it up like so:
Note: You'll want to use a nice thick font for this effect. Here l'm using the basic Verdana Font that comes shipped standard with windows.
Go ahead and type out your text near the center of the canvas as l have done here:
Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options: Stroke:
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.
Name this new layer "chrome effect" in your layers pallet as l have done here:
Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard, and click on the original text layer to make a selection of the text:
Go to Select->Modify->Contract and use the following settings:
Using the Paint Bucket Flood Fill Tool () fill this selection with any color (it doesn't matter). I'll use a bright green (#3ADB02). Note: Make sure you are filling the selection on the new layer named "chrome effect".
Press CTRL+ D on your keyboard to de-select the selection.
Double click this layer (named: Chrome Effect) and apply the following blending options: Gradient Overlay:
Now that our Chrome Text has been created, we'll go ahead and make the plate that the text rests on.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer. Name this layer "Plate Base" in the layers pallet as shown here:
Now click this layer to select it and drag it below our two text layers in the layers pallet as shown here:
Get out the Rectangular Marquee Tool () and make a selection on the stage similar to this:
Go to Select->Modify->Smooth and apply the following setting:
Using the Paint Bucket Fill Tool () fill this selection with #8F959B.
Press CTRL + D on your keyboard to de-select the selection.
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