photoshop tutorial:
Energy explosion

A tutorial about how to make an energy explosion

Photoshop tutorial: Energy explosion

Create the base of the explosion

Open Photoshop and start a new document of 400 by 400 px, 72ppi.
Press D to get the default forground and background colors.
Activate the Gradient Tool. Choose in the option bar the first gradient (black to white) and choose as type/style Radial Gradient and tick on the option Reverse. Make the gradient as shown below.
Photoshop Energy explosion, gradient

Create the explosion

Go to Filter > Sketch > Graphic pen and fill in these values:
Photoshop Energy explosion, filter graphic pen Photoshop Energy explosion, graphic pen
Then go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and fill in these values:
Photoshop Energy explosion, filter radical blur Photoshop Energy explosion, radical blur
Press Crtl-J (mac: Cmd-J) to duplicate the backgroundlayer and change the Blending Mode into Difference. This creates a entirely black image.
Press V to activate the Move Tool. Make shure that the top layer is active and move this layer two pixels to the left (press 2 times the left arrow on the keybord).
Photoshop Energy explosion, blend mode difference
Merge the layers by pressing Crtl-E (mac: Cmd-E).
Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and move the whitepunt from the curve as shown below.
Photoshop Energy explosion,screenshot levels Photoshop Energy explosion, levels

Enhance the explosion by adding Sun, Lens flare.

Make a new layer and press Shift-Backspace. The window fill pops up. Choose after Contents for 50% gray.
Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and fill in the following values.
Photoshop Energy explosion, lens flare
Go to Image > Adjustments > Equalize.
Photoshop Energy explosion, equalize
After this go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and fill in the following values.
Photoshop Energy explosion, radical blur Photoshop Energy explosion, after radical blur
Change the blending mode to Screen.
Photoshop Energy explosion, blend mode screen

Finishing off the explosion.

Take off a few pixels on the right with the Crop Tool.
Activate the backgroundlayer and choose Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.
Photoshop Energy explosion, motion-blur
Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and fill in the following values.
Photoshop Energy explosion, radical blur, lens flare
Activate the top layer and make a new adjustmentlayer Hue/Saturation. Use the following values. Beware that you tick on the option Colorize before you change the values:
Photoshop Energy explosion, Hue Saturation
and this is the result.
Photoshop Energy explosion

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