This tutorial will explian how to create a great Apophysis effect that works great for banner and sig backgrounds, with out having to download any additional software.
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Start with a new document that is 500x500 and fill it with black (#000000)
Go to "filter-render-lensflare" and apply these settings:
Next apply a smaller lensflare, using these settings:
Apply one more lens flare with the same settings, here's what you should have so far:
Next go to: "Filter->styilize->find edges".
Then press CNTRL + I to invert the colors
Next press CNTRL + U and apply these settings.
NOTE: make sure 'colorize' is checked
here's the result so far:
Next go to: filter->distor->wave and apply these settings:
Right click on this layer, and select "duplicate layer" and change the blending option to "screen".
Go to: edit->transform->flip vertically
Press CNTRL + E to merge these two layers. and go to:
and use these settings:
this should lighten up the highlights a bit.
here's what l finished up with:
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