Magic and special light effects

July 3rd, 2009 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

This tutorial will teach you to create amazing “magic” green color effects using some simple methods. It will greatly beautify every fantasy-style work.

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Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create a new file (File>New) of 1920x1200px/72dpi. Select then the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to paint into black the new background layer.

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Select now the Rectangle Tool (U) to continue representing the background:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Set the next demonstrated styles for the last made layer by clicking on it on the layers’ panel: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer which must be processed with a standard brush of white color to include on the picture several spots and lines as you may see on the next picture:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Select the next indicated option Filter>Blur>Radial blur (2 times)

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Using Free Transform option, press Maintain aspect ratio to resize uniformly the rounded lines:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Select the next styles for the layer containing the rounded lines: Blending Options>Color Overlay

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

In the next step we’ll use Freeware fractal flame editor for Windows – Apophysis to generate the fractal. Install the program and choose out of the list the next demonstrated picture:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Import CTRL+X and add the saved picture to a new layer:

Create Magic and special light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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  • Z

    09/09/2009

    Whoah! Loved it. Very, very useful tut!

  • Xmike

    10/09/2009

    i really enjoyed ur tutorial and i had to make it… and yes very simple way to do it… nice

  • mickeblue

    27/01/2010

    very nice tut… made a great wallpaper base on this :thumbsup:

  • Daniel

    01/03/2010

    This was very and and easy. Thanks a lot.

  • Antonym

    16/05/2010

    Very nice tutorial. I tried, but only got until the sphere. I have problems with my ellipse tool. It just won’t look like yours (with the squares to edit). How did you do this?
    Could someone please help me?
    My E-Mail Address is fafardh@hotmail.de

  • ramu

    30/07/2010

    very nice tutorial.makes thing very extrordinarily real

  • xenon touchstone

    30/08/2010

    Very useful tut,(especially for introducing me to Apophysis, thanks. : )

  • dude2

    18/09/2010

    how do you go on to the next part of the tuttorial

  • Charm

    20/01/2011

    thanks so much..i’m now so inspired to create my own…thanks

  • IT Conseltant

    29/06/2011

    Thanks Admin this is very nice and good tuotrial. Thanks Alot

  • Christian

    02/08/2011

    Great tutorial.. I was getting ready to try it for myself following your steps and the Apophysis photo you used is not available in the list when I downloaded the program, though. :(

    Is there a way I can find and download that graphic used???

  • Milja

    24/01/2012

    Yeah, i have problems with importing flames from Apophysis into photoshop……if anyone can help please let me know.

  • Beginner

    19/07/2012

    What kind of program is Apophysis? When Ctrl + X it says cannot renderer. I cannot find the correct example either.

  • ululf01

    21/02/2013

    Very good article!
    nice tutorial and well illustrated!

  • Miela

    25/08/2013

    I also downloaded Apophysis and do not have the same list of graphics to choose from. I really like this tutorial and would like to use the same graphic. Any suggestions?