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In this tutorial l will show you how to create a shatter background that looks great in signature/banner backgrounds. This is a very easy technique that is used all over the place on message boards these days.
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Start a new document of any size, l'm using 500x500 and fill the background with black (#000000).
Go to: Filter->Render->Difference Clouds.
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard 3 times to repeat the filter three times.
Next go to: Filter->Distort->Wave and apply these settings:
(press randomize a few times until you get a pattern with good separations)
Next go to: Filter->Stylize->Wind and apply these settings:
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard 1 time to repeat the "wind" filter one time.
Now we'll add some color. Go to: Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance
Apply the following settings:
(Note you can adjust the settings within the next three image sequences to get different colors, these are just the settings l used)
Click once on your first layer, to select it and make it active and press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate the layer:
Change the blending mode of this new layer to "overlay":
This next step is option; Next we'll apply a spotlight effect to the image, go to "Filter->Render->Lighting Effects" and apply these settings:
Here's how mine looks after adding some text, and a little "logo" type thing:
Another option is to add a game render to the background with a slight 'outer glow' to give it a really good effect. Thanks for reading!