In this tutorial you will learn how to create an abstract tunnel that looks great as a header background, or a signature banner. There are very few steps and the final effect is created by applying several different filter options. This tutorial is quick, clean and fun.
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Create a new document of any size, the one l'm using is 500x500 and fill the background with black (#000000).
Create a new layer. Press "D" on your keyboard (to reset the colors to black/white), and go to Filer->Render->Clouds
Now go to Filter->Render->Difference Clouds
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard 3 times.
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the huge/saturation panel and apply the following settings: make sure Colorize is checked
Go to Filter->Noise->Add Noise, and apply these settings:
Go to Filter->Blur->Radial Blur and apply these settings:
Press CTRL + F on the keyboard to repeat this one more time.
Go to Filter->Distort->Twirl and apply these settings:
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Change the blending mode of the layer copy to "overlay"
Go to Edit->Transform->Rotate 180 degrees
Create a new layer. Go to Filter->Render->Clouds
Then go to Filter->Render->Difference Clouds
Press CNTRL + F on you keyboard three times to repeat this
Change this layers Mode to "Color Dodge"
Go to Filter->Stylize->Find Edges.
Press CTRL + F on the keyboard two or three times.
Press CTRL + I on your keyboard to "invert" the colors.
This should create a great looking abstract image which can be used as a banner background, or a sig. Experiment and change any of the settings in this tutorial to get different looking effects. Such as using distort->wave instead of distort->twirl. The key is to play around. Here's how mine ended up when completed:
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