In this tutorial you will be creating a
crystallize effect in Photoshop very similar to the one
below. This effect is very simple to create and should of
take a few minutes at most.
[ The Final
Product of this Tutorial ]
Steps to Create Effect
The following steps will help you to create the image effect
you see above:
First make a new canvas. I used 300px by 300px for this
example but any size will work. The background color or
the canvas does not matter so transparent or white will
work just fine.
Now we need to set the background and foreground colors to
their default setting. They should look like the screen
shot below. If they don't just press the "D" button on
your keyboard to reset them.
Select the gradient tool and in the gradient properties
select the bar gradient and check the reverse box as shown
below. The reverse box reverses the order of the colors in
Now create a gradient by clicking somewhere in the middle
of the canvas and drag out to either the left or right
edge and release.
Now bring on the effects! Go to Filter > Pixelate
> Crystallize and set your cell size to 99.
Now we need to plastic wrap it. Go to Filter >
Artistic > Plastic Wrap and use these settings.
Almost done, add a new layer then use the paint bucket
tool to make the whole layer the color #3388FF.
Finally go to the layer blending options and select
That's it! Easy yet very cool. If you like
continue to experiment with the effect. Use different
gradients, different settings for the crystallize and
plastic wrap effect, even different layer blends and see
what you can come up with.
If you need any help, please post in the
Drawing and Design forums.