In this tutorial you will learn how to create a very unique background effect for using in your signatures and header backgrounds. The end result is a very abstract result that works great with many alternative designs and themes.
Here is an example of what we will be creating throughout this tutorial:
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Press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge these two layers together. Name this layer "Arrow" as l'll refer to it later in the tutorial.
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Name this duplicate layer layer "Wire".
Go to Filter->Stylize->Find Edges.
Unhide the layer named "Circle Back" that we created earlier in this tutorial by clicking on the small "Eye" icon next to this layer, in the layers pallet:
Select the layer named "Wire" by clicking on this layer in the layers pallet. Go to Image->Adjustments->Invert (or press CTRL+ i) to invert the colors of this layer:
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to "Darken":
Select the layer named "Arrow" that we had created earlier in this tutorial. Move this layer above all the layers in layer order in layer palette, by clicking on it and dragging it to the top of the layers pallet:
Change the layer mode of this layer to "Difference":
Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options: Outer Glow:
Unhide the "Circle Back 2" layer. Move this layer above all other layers in the layer palette by clicking it, and dragging it to the top of the layers palette.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to "Color":
And that completes the effect, you should have something similar to what l have here:
That completes the tutorial, you should now have a very interesting and unique effect that looks fantastic as a banner or header background - or even a desktop wallpaper. Don't be discouraged if you couldn't duplicate my exact creation here, try experimenting with some of the steps, altering some of the colors or layer styles used to get very awesome results, also make it a point to use different custom shapes that are preloaded into photoshop and see what you can come up with!
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