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Digital Darkness

This tutorial will explain how to create an effect that l like to call "Digital Darkness" It's a very nice graphic effect that can be applied to all sorts of things, such as signatures, desktop wallpapers, banner and header designs. The end result resembles a digital circuit board that truly looks fantastic.


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Step # 1
Create a new document of any size, for this example l will create a document that is 1024x778 - for a standard desktop background. Fill the background with black (#000000).




Step # 2
Create a new layer. Get out the rectangular marquee tool, and make a selection like so near the bottom left corner (region) of the canvas:



Fill this selection with the paint bucket using the color #4a4a4a.




Step # 3
Press CTRL + D on your keyboard to deselect the selection. And go to Filter->Distort->Wave and apply the following settings:


Tip:
Click the 'randomize' button until you get an "random" result, avoid a pattern look.

Result:





Step # 4
Now Press 'V' on your keyboard to get out the move tool, and position the scattered blocks near the center of the canvas.

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

Go to Edit->Transform->Flip Horizontally

Press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge these two layers together.

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

Go to Edit->Transform->Rotate 90 Degrees CW

Press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge these two layers.

Result:




Step # 5
Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options:
Inner Glow:


Stroke:


Result:






Step # 6
Next get out the Dodge tool () and apply the following settings:


Using these settings scribble over top of our shape a few times to create some contrast in the color as l've done here:





Step # 7
Next get out the Burn tool () and apply the following settings:


Once again, using these settings scribble over top of our shape a few times to create some contrast in the color.





Step # 8
Now create a new layer below this layer (above the background), here is what your layers pallet should look like:


Now click on the topmost layer (the one with the scattered blocks) and press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge it with the new layer we'd just created. Doing so will rasterize the layer effects we had added to the layer.


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