How to Make Glass Textures in Photoshop

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How to Make Glass Textures in Photoshop
Glass textures make interesting backgrounds and pattern overlays. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Time to shatter misconceptions about glass textures in Photoshop. These shiny, sophisticated looking visuals are actually the result of a few commands and some tricky effects from the Photoshop "Filter" menu. Make your own glass images to use as stunning backgrounds or pattern overlays.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Click "File" then "New." Set up a document in the size you need, or experiment with a 300 by 300 pixel size.

  2. 2

    Click the small foreground box in the Toolbox on the left which will open the "Color Picker" dialogue box. Pick a light blue such as #6EDBDFF by inserting the number in the "#"slot. You can also use the slider, or click the colour you like. Select black for the background (#000000).

  3. 3

    Click "Filter," "Render" and "Clouds" in the top Toolbar. Photoshop will automatically create a cloudy, marbled pattern.

  4. 4

    Duplicate the cloud layer. In the top Toolbar click "Layer" and "Duplicate Layer."

  5. 5

    Click "Filter," "Artistic" and "Plastic Wrap." In the dialogue box, use these settings: "Highlight Strength,"10; "Details," 5; "Smoothness," 3.

  6. 6

    Click "Filter," "Distort" and "Glass." Use these settings: "Distortion," 10; "Smoothness," 3; "Texture," Tiny Lens; "Scaling," 80 per cent.

  7. 7

    Duplicate the glass layer and right-click it. In the "Blending Options" dialogue box that opens, select "Screen" in the "Blend Mode" slot. You now have a shiny blue textured glass image.

  8. 8

    Click "File," "Save as" and save your file as a PSD to retain the layers and also as a JPG for a smaller file.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to use this technique to make red textured glass instead of blue, try #EF678D as your foreground colour. Experiment with other colours as well.
  • This technique can be used to create "gangsta bling" diamond lettering. See the tutorial at http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/diamonds/diamonds.htm.

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