Beginners Guide : Create 3D Shattering effect in Photoshop CS4.


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool 3D Shattering effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4. The whole process is quite simple and easy to understand, so lets do it!

Step 1

Create a new document of 750 x 550 pixels, with Resolution = 300. Fill the Background layer with #000000 (black) color. Save the document.

Step 2

Import a close-up image of a face, preferably facing front.

Extract the unwanted background portions of the photo with Lasso tool or Eraser tool and change the layer name to “photo”.

Step 3

Create a new document of 20 x 20 pixels, Resolution = 300.

Create a new layer. Use Pencil tool with size 1px and color #ffffff (white), draw left and bottom border to form a “L”. Hide the Background layer and click Ctrl+A. Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name this pattern as Grid.

 

Close the document, no need to save it.

Step 4

In the main document, create a new layer name it as “grid”. Select the Paint Bucket tool and set the source for fill area as Pattern, click the “Pattern picker” and select the “Grid”  pattern that we have created in Step 3.

Fill the Grid layer, and change the opacity to 40%. Open the Blending options of Grid layer, activate Outer Glow and set Blend Mode to Color Dodge, opacity 100%, color = #ffffff, spread = 0, size =5. Click OK.

Step 5

Right click the photo layer and select Duplicate layer, in Destination select New.

Go to the the new document, select the photo layer and press Shift+Ctrl+U to Desaturate the layer. Save the document as mesh.psd. Close the document.

Step 6

In the main document select the Grid layer, go to Filter->Distort->Displace and set Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale to 10, select Tile and Repeat Edges.

Click Ok, a dialog box will ask for the psd file, locate the mesh.psd file and click OK. You will get some displacement and distortion in the “Grid” layer.

Step 7

Ctrl+Left Click the photo layer, select the Grid layer press M and Right click anywhere in the canvas area and select “Select Inverse”.

Press ‘Delete’, this will remove the unwanted grid portions.

Step 8

Create a new layer name it as “Holes”. Select the Pen tool and make some blocks along the grid blocks.

Open the Paths tab and Ctrl+Left Click the “Work path” layer. Go back to Layers tab and select the “Holes” layer.

Pick the Paint Bucket tool with Foreground color as #000000(black), change the Source for Fill Area to “Foreground”. Fill the selected area.

Step 9

Ctrl+Left Click the Holes layer, Select the photo layer and press Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V, a new layer will be created with the blocks shift this layer to the right with Move tool, keep this layer between the Grid and Holes layer and name this layer as “Blocks”.

Step 10

Duplicate the Blocks layer and shift the lower block  layer to the left.

Repeat this for 10 times to create some extrude effect. After this repetition you must have 11 blocks layers. Merge the bottom 10 blocks layers and name the merged layer as “Slides”.

Open the Blending Options and activate Gradient Overlay, set opacity to 80%, and use gradient color stops from #00000 to #dca57e( or skin color). Activate Pattern Overlay and set Blend Mode to Multiply, Opacity to 100% Pattern to Metal Landscape. Click OK.

Step 11

Right-click on Blocks layer and choose Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow and set Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 75%, Color to #ffffff and Size to 10px. Click OK.

Step 12

Repeat Step 8 to Step 11 for 2 or 3 times to form more blocks floating to the right.

Step 13

Merge all the Holes layers. Open Blending Options of Holes layer. Activate Bevel and Emboss, set the Style to Inner Bevel, Depth to 72%, Size to 5px, Soften to 0px, Angle to 0, Altitude to 50, Highlight Mode to Screen, Highlight Color to #dca57e( or skin color), Highlight Opacity to 100%, Shadow Mode to Multiply, Shadow Color to #000000 and Shadow Opacity to 75%. Click OK.

Step 14

Create a new layer name it as “Smoke”, keep this layer between Slides and Holes layer. Now you need Reborn Brushes, click here to download.

Select the Smoke layer. Pick the Brush tool, right click the canvas area and select the Load Brushes and locate the “Reborn_Brushes_by_rubina119.abr” file.

Choose any Reborn brush and paint a few smoke of different sizes with foreground color as #ffffff.

Open the Blending Options of Smokel layer. Activate Outer Glow and set its Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add), Opacity to 75%, Color to #ffffff, Spread to 0px and Size to 5px. Click OK.

Step 15

Create a new layer name it as “Dark Blocks”. Using Pen tool, path out few more blocks along the face grid. Fill the shapes with #000000. Set the Blend Mode of Dark Blocks layer to Soft Light.

Create a new layer name it as “Light Blocks”. Using Pen tool, path out few more blocks along the face grid. Fill the shapes with #ffffff. Set the Blend Mode of Dark Blocks layer to Soft Light.

Step 16

Select the photo layer, go to Filter->Blur->Surface Blur and use Radius = 5 and Threshold = 15. Click OK.

Go to Images->Adjustments->Levels or press Ctrl+L, set Input levels as 10, 1.25 and 244.

Step 17

Create a new layer and using a large Soft Brush tool with color #000000 and opacity 40%, paint some dark areas on the right to fade the blocks slightly.

Save the file. Enjoy :)

Conclusion: There are many ways to add effects, just try and play with filters and image adjustments to create different effects.

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So this is it from my side, now its your turn to yep. Feel free to add comments. Let’s share pretty things!

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    • Susie
    • February 28th, 2013

    I am getting stuck on Step 7. Nothing happens when I press M and when I right click on the canvas I don’t get those same options. I’m disappointed; everything else was going well before that. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.

    • ‘M’ is the shortcut to Rectangular marque tool in photoshop. So your cursor would turn into a plus sign kind of icon. If this does not work then from toolbar select Rectangular Marque Tool and then Right click anywhere on the stage. Let me know if this was helpful :)

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