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    Shatter Background


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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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    Step 1.)
    Start a new document of any size, l'm using 500x500 and fill the background with black (#000000).





    Step 2.)
    Go to: Filter->Render->Difference Clouds.
    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard 3 times to repeat the filter three times.

    Result:






    Step 3.)
    Next go to: Filter->Distort->Wave and apply these settings:
    (press randomize a few times until you get a pattern with good separations)


    Result:






    Step 4.)
    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.

    Result:






    Step 5.)
    Now we'll add some color. Go to: Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance
    Press Okay:


    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)






    Result:






    Step 6.)
    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":


    Result:






    Step 7.)
    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:


    Result:


    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!

    ADDED: We have written a tutorial covering how the font, and logo was designed for this tutorial click here to view our Easy Logo Design Tutorial.



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