Energy Warp

Create a simple lighted warp effect using various filters such as the Color Halftone Filter.

3 Steps
Important Tools:
  • Color Halftone
  • Polar Coordinates
  • Radial Blur
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Blending Mode

Step 1 - Setting up the Foundation
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Create a new image with square dimensions ( we used 400x400px ) with a "transparent" background. Press D to reset the Color Palette.

Difference CloudsRender some Clouds ( Filter > Render > Clouds ). Next, render Difference Clouds ( Filter > Render > Difference Clouds ) four times. Do this by using the top menu to execute the Difference Clouds filter once, then pressing Ctrl-F 3 times to repeat the last filter (in this case Difference Clouds) three times.

Step 2 - Applying Filters
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Color HalftoneApply the Color Haftone filter ( Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone ) with a Radius of 4 pixels and every Channel set to 90 degrees.

Polar CoordinatesUse the Polar Coordinates Filter ( Filter -> Distort -> Polar Coordinates ) and choose Rectangular to Polar.

Finally, apply a Radial Blur ( Filter > Blur > Radial Blur ) with the Amount set to 100, the Blur Method set to Zoom, and the Quality set to Good.

Press Ctrl-F to repeat the Radial Blur.

If you are doing this tutorial in prepartion for the Trippy Wave tutorial, please click HERE to return.

Step 3 - Adding Color
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Hue/SaturationOpen the Hue/Saturation menu ( Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation ) and use the following settings to the left.

OverlayDuplicate the layer and change the Blending Mode of the new layer to "Overlay".

Optional: If you wish to add more color, create a new layer above all the existing layers. Set the Blending Mode of this layer to "Color". Now add color to this layer and it should add color to the warp.

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