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In this tutorial you will learn how to create an effect that l like to call the Dark Tower Effect. This effect will give the impression of darkness, as well as extreme depth to your desktop backgrounds, wallpapers, and works great as a banner, header, or signature background.
Here is the result of what we will be creating today:
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Create a new document of any size, for this tutorial l will be working with a document that is 400x400 in size.
Fill the background with black (#00000) using the Flood Fill Paint Bucket ()
Get out your Custom Shape Tool () and select the "Rounded Square Frame Shape" as l've done here:
Double click this layer, and apply the following Blending Options: Bevel & Emboss
Press CTRL + J On your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Press CTRL + T on your keyboard to bring up the Free Transform Tool.
Double click this layer, and change the Color Overlay blending option as l've done here: Color Overlay
Rotate and scale this duplicate shape a few pixels by placing your mouse cursor near the top right corner node (box) and dragging inward slightly. Press ENTER on your keyboard to deselect the selection to complete the transformation:
Change the blending mode of this layer to "Vivid Light" as l've done here:
Press CTRL + SHIFT + T on your keyboard 7 Times to repeat the free transformation 7 times.
Apply Luminosity, Hard Light, Linear Dodge, and Linear Light blending options to these layers randomly to create an effect similar to what l've done here:
Select and merge all the rounded square frame layers. Photoshop CS(2):
Hold the SHIFT key on your keyboard, and click each of the layers once. Next go to Layer->Merge Selected to merge these layers.
Photoshop 7 and below:
Click the topmost layer to select it, and press CTRL + E on your keyboard 7 times, to merge each of these layers together. Your canvas should look similar to this afterwords: