In this tutorial you will learn how to create a very hypnotic tunnel effect that can be used in header backgrounds, or even for signatures and desktop wall papers. This tutorial utilizes tools and utilities that come packages with Adobe Photoshop CS, so if you are using an oder version of photoshop (such as 7 or older) you may have trouble completing some of the steps within this tutorial.
Here is an example of what we will be making with this tutorial:
Note: This tutorial is for use with Adobe Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2 software upgrades. If you are using an older version of Photoshop you may not be able to complete a few of the steps.
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Create a new document of any size, l'll be using a 400x400 document for this tutorial.
Fill the background with black (#000000).
Get out the Eclipse Shape Tool () and set the tool up as l have done here:
Create an ellipse shape as l have done here:
Enable the "Exclude Overlapping Shape Areas" option form the top tool bar:
Again using the ellipse shape tool with "exclude overlapping" enabled, create a few more ovals over top of our current shape until you get an effect similar to what l have here. This was done by creating four more oval shapes on top of the first:
Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options: Bevel & Emboss:
Color Overlay: Color Used: #8AFF00
Stroke: Color Used: #000000
Press CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.
Click on this layer in the Layers Pallet, and drag it bellow our shape layer.
Now click on the Shape layer once to select it. And press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge. This will rasterize the layer, and it's blending options.
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Go to Edit->Transform->Rotate 90 Degree:
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to "Lighten":
Repeat this process to create more duplicates. Rotate, place and change the layer mode to "Lighten", just as we did in step #6.
Here is a sequence of the duplicates l have made:
Click on the topmost layer in your layers pallet, and press CTRL + E 5 times to merge all layers (except the background layer). Your layers pallet should look like this when you are finished:
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard 2 times to create two duplicates of this layer.
Go to Filter->Sketch->Conte Crayon and apply the following settings:
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to "Overlay":
Click on the layer below this one (the first duplicate) we created in step #8.
Go to Filter->Blur->Radial Blur and apply the following settings:
Change the Blending mode of this layer to "Lighten"
Click and drag this layer above all other layers in the layer pallet.