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Northern Lights

1) Create a new document. Make sure the background color is Transparent and the resolution is 72. Now press the "D" key to reset the color palette. Now rename your background layer to "ONE".

2) Fill layer ONE with white by holding CTRL and pressing BACKSPACE. If this does not work for whatever reason, just take the paing can tool and fill it with white. make sure, though, that your colors are reset when you're done (If you're unsure, just press the "D" key again).

3) Grab the brush tool. Depending on the size of your document, select one of the soft round brushes, and make the brush size fairly large, yet not too big (estimate based on the following). You should be able to make about 9 to 10 soft cirular-looking brushstrokes, however make sure you only click the mouse button once, so not to make lines of any sort. Refer to the sample image below:



4) Invert your canvas by pressing CTRL + I. Now go to Filter > Distort > Wave with the following settings:

Number of Generators:

Min. Max.
Wavelength:

Min. Max.
Amplitude:

Horiz. Vert.
Scale: % %
Type: Sine
Triangle
Square

...The wave effect, if rendered correctly, should look something like this:



5) Now duplicate your layer and name it "TWO" and go to Filter > Distort > Wave with the following settings:

Number of Generators:

Min. Max.
Wavelength:

Min. Max.
Amplitude:

Horiz. Vert.
Scale: % %
Type: Sine
Triangle
Square

...The wave effect, again, if proporly rendered, should look something like this:



6) Change the Blending Mode to Screen...



...And your image should come out looking like this:



7) Merge layers ONE and TWO together (by pressing CTRL + E) and you should have one layer named TWO left. Duplicate this layer and name it THREE. Go to Filter > Distort > Wave with the same settings as in Step 5.



8) Change the Blending Mode of THREE to Screen once again. You might be thinking it could look better than this...



...So you might choose to play around with it a bit. One thing you may try is flipping it horizontally or vertically, or rotating it. To do this go to Edit > Transform and play around with some of the settings. Again, this is opional, but your image may require it in order to acquire that eye-catching look. I chose Flip Horizontal.



9) Merge your layers once more (CTRL + E, and so that you only have layer THREE). Here's where you decide what kind of image you want. Do you want an abstract glow-like image? Or do you want an alien-green techno-look? Both of these looks, and more, can be accomplished at this point. If you want a glowing image with a black background, just go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and check the Colorize button. If you choose to do this, you might come up with something that looks like this:



(...This effect was acquired with the Hue/Saturation Settings: Hue:300; Saturation:50; Lightness:0;)

10) If you want that Alien Glow that I mentioned earlier, simple use those settings provided above and press CTRL + I to invert your canvas.



11) If you don't like the Alien Glow effect, then you can just go to Hue/Saturation again and make a nice Techno-Blue effect.



(...This effect was acquired with the Hue/Saturation Settings: Hue:210; Saturation:37; Lightness:0;)

12) If you are still not satisfied with your image, you can get a cool Radical Glow effect by Inverting your canvas... CTRL + I.



13) Well, those are all the tips I can give you. Just play around and have fun. The Hue/Saturation tool can make your image look pretty cool if you mess around with it for a little while. This is what I have made using this tutorial:


(Click the image to view the full version in a new window.)

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