How to Create Electricity on Photoshop

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Creating an electricity effect in Photoshop is really a simple process. With only a few minor tweaks, a blank canvas can become a turmoil of electrical power. Use this creation as a background or on its own in your work.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop
  • Open a new document and size it at 600x600 pixels. Change the background to transparent. Then press “D” to reset the color palette to black and white.

  • To change the intensity of the electricity, you can make your background colors a dark blue and a pale gray. Keep in mind that this will change the final outcome of the design. If you are not satisfied, you can go back to black and white, or play around with other colors until you are happy.

  • Click on the layers palette where it is labeled "Layer 1." This will allow you to work on the layer without difficulty. Select “Filter” from the top menu bar, then “Render,” and “Difference clouds.” This will give you a cloudy effect with some definite lines within the screen.

  • Choose “Layer,” “New adjustment layer” and “Invert” to reverse the colors. You should now have dark clouds as opposed to light colored clouds.

  • Click on “Image,” “Adjustment,” and “Curves.” Click on the curves line and drag it down so that it rests at about a 15 degree angle, reaching from the top to the bottom. This will lighten the light areas and darken the dark areas so that you have a more defined level of electricity.

  • Choose “Image,” “Adjustment,” and “Color balance.” Click on “Midtones” and “Preserve luminosity” to select them. Adjust the color and intensity of your electricity by clicking on the sliders and moving them back and forth to lighten or darken your screen to your preference.

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  • Photo Credit Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images
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