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    Filter Rock Effect
    In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create an Encrusted Rock Formation effect with very few steps. This tutorial will teach you how to use a few different layer styles as well as touch base with a few of the more advanced tools in photoshop. Such as the Burn Tool. Here is an example of what we will be creating with this tutorial:

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    Step 1.)
    Create a new document in photoshop of any size. For this tutorial l will be working with a 300x300 document.

    Step 2.)
    Set your foreground color to: #9B926B, and your background color to: #293C36

    Step 3.)
    Go to Filter->Render->Clouds.

    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard until you get a good contrast in colors, such as l have done here:

    Step 4.)
    Go to Filter->Artistic->Watercolor, and apply the following settings:


    Step 5.)
    Go to Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation (or press CTRL + U on your keyboard) to open up the Hue/Saturation Utility. Apply the following settings:
    Note: Make sure the "COLORIZE" box is checked


    Step 6.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Name the new layer "Rock".

    Double click this layer, and apply the following options:

    Pattern Overlay:


    Step 7.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard, and name this new layer "Shadow Color":

    Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to open up the Hue/Saturation Utility, and apply the following settings:


    Go to Edit->Transform->Flip Vertical.

    Step 8.)
    Click back on the original "Rock" layer to select it.

    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer once again.

    Name this new layer "Rock Erased", and drag it on top of all other layers in your layer pallet as l have done here:

    Get out the Erase tool () and set it up as l have done here:

    Using the Eraser Tool, erase the darker spots on the canvas, to reveal the Reddish color below. Here is the the areas that l erased (shown in blue):

    Here is how mine came out after a little erasing:

    Step 9.)
    Finally we're going to just enhance the 3d effect a bit. Go ahead and get out the Burn Tool (), and set it up as l have done here:

    With this tool, circle around the edges of the areas that we erased in the previous step on the "Rockey Erased" layer. Below is the areas that l brushed with the Burn Tool (shown in blue):


    And here is how my final result turned out:

    As you can probably guess, the key is to experiment with different colors, and layer styles ~ but needless to say you can come up with nearly endless different effects and combinations using these easy steps, and techniques. If you enjoyed this tutorial, please be sure to check out the rest of our great tutorials while you are here.

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