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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Now go to Filter->Stylize->Extrude and apply the following settings:
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the color balance tool, and apply the following settings:
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Change the new duplicate layers blending option to "overlay", and drop the opacity of this layer down to 45 percent:
Merge these two layers by pressing CTRL + E.
This should bring out the colors a little bit more.
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Click on the middle layer (the one we just duplicated) to select it:
Now go to Filter->Blur-Motion Blur, and apply the following settings:
You can drop the opacity of this layer down to around 60 percent to give it a little more of a blended effect.
Click the topmost layer, and press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer once again. Now select the
Click on the layer directly below our duplicate layer to select it:
Go to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur, and apply the following settings:
Drop the opacity of this layer down to around 75 percent.
Now select the topmost layer (the one that hasn't been blurred at all) and go to: Filter->Sharpen->Sharpen.
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard to repeat this process.
Press CTRL + E on your keyboard twice to merge the top three layers together.
Now press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Change the blending mode to "screen" and drop the opacity of this layer down to 90 percent:
Now press 'V' on your keyboard to get out the move tool, and position this duplication near the top right corner of the canvas:
You can repeat step 15 a few times if you wish, however at this point l simply used the crop tool, found a section of the design that l think looked nice, and cropped it out for a banner background. Here is my final result after adding a simple panel border:
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