Tutorial Spotlight: Earth Portal Abstracts
Learn abstarct effects that can be used as banner backgrounds, signature backgrounds, calendars.. Tricks that not many people are aware of for some strange reason, that is until now.
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Learn how to create this cool crystalized ice effect for your header and banner backgrounds.
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Create a new document of any size. I used 1000 x 1000 for this example, Press 'D' on your keyboard to reset your fore/background colors to white (foreground), and black (background).
Press and hold: SHIFT + CTRL + ALT and press the 'N' key four times.
This will create 4 new layers, so you should have a total of 5 layers now.
Double click the background layer, and change it/rename it to 'layer 0'.
Go to "filter->render->clouds" to create some clouds on this layer.
Now go to each of the other 4 layers, and do the same. "filter->render->clouds"
There should be a different render of "clouds" on each layer. Your layer palette should look similar to this:
select layer 4 (the topmost layer) and go to: "filter->render->difference clouds", and do the same on 'layer 2' (it should be the 3rd from the bottom). Here's how my layers pallet looks:
Okay next we're going to add the stained glass filter to each of our layers, with slight differences/variances in the effect.
Select layer 0 (the bottom most layer).
go to: filter->texture->stained glass
and apply these settings:
Set the Cell to 10, Border to 4 and Light to 3
Now on to layer 1:
Set the Cell to 15, Border to 8 and Light to 4
Set the Cell to 30, Border to 16 and Light to 10
Set the Cell to 5, Border to 2 and Light to 5
and finally layer 4:
Set the Cell to 10, Border to 5 and Light to 10
your layer pallet should look similar to this when finished:
Now we'll adjust the blending options for each of the layers.
- change layer 4 to "multiply", and set the opacity to: 65 percent
- change layer 3 to "multiply", and set the opacity to: 86 percent
- change layer 2 to "multiply", and set the opacity to: 44 percent
- change layer 1 to "overlay".
- leave layer 0 as it is "normal".
your image should look something like this now:
The only thing left to do is add color to your image.
Do this by going to each layer, and pressing CNTRL + U and adjusting the HUE, SATURATION, LIGHTNESS settings to your liking. NOTE: just make sure you check the COLORIZE box each time.
Here's the image l came up with after playing with the color settings a little using various hues of aqua blue:
These are also great for sig/banner backgrounds too:
Enjoy and have fun!!
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