In this tutorial, we will be making an elegant "Tornado" effect, using simple Blending options, as well as making use of the Filters.
If you follow this tutorial exactly, you will get this as an outcome:
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Create A New Document of any size, l'm using 400x400 Pixels in size, for this example.
Flood fill the background with black (#000000)
Press CTRL + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.
Go to: Filter->Render->Clouds.
Go to: Filter->Distort->Twirl with a setting of around 236:
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation window and apply the following settings:
Duplicate this layer. On the duplicate layer, set its Blending Mode to "Lighten".
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer, and change the blending mode of this layer to "lighten":
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard to repeat the "Twirl" filter one time.
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation window once again, and apply the following settings:
Create a new layer.
Go to "Filter->Render->Clouds".
Go to "Filter->Distort->Twirl". and apply a setting of -236 as pictured below:
Set that layer's Blending Mode of this layer to "Lighten".
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation box, and check the "colorize" box and move the sliders around to get a good looking color.
I suggest choosing your own colors for this layer, and the next, as they will look good with pretty much any color.
Although, I highly suggest that you choose a light color for this effect.
Press CTRL + J on the keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Press CTRL + F, on your keyboard to repeat the Twirl filter once more.
Repeat Step 7, but use a different color.
You are now done!
Add some text or other stuff if you want, these look great as a banner background, or even a forum signature.
Author: Nick Berlette
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