Create an Abstract Forum Signature Using Photoshop


In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a simple but nice abstract forum signature. You can then modify it however you please, maybe by changing some of the colours, or adding your own text effects.


Step 1:

Start this tutorial off by making a new document in photoshop sized about 380 x 100 pixels, a nice forum signature size.
Reset your colors to black and white by pressing D on your keyboard. Now apply Filter > Render > Clouds on the background layer.


Step 2:

After applying Clouds apply Filter > Sketch > Chrome, then Filter > Distort > Wave using the default settings with both.


Change the layer mode for this layer to Lighten to get a cool effect.



Merge your layers together (ctrl+e) then apply Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen once.


Step 3:

After you merged your layers together you should be left with just one, so duplicate that layer then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with a radius of about 2.0.
After applying Gaussian Blur, change the layer mode for your blurred layer to Overlay and leave the opacity at 100%.


That will have given it a nice bright glow.

Step 4:

Create a new Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) and use the following settings:


Your image will now look something like this:


Now change the layer mode for the Gradient Map layer to Color.


Duplicate your Gradient Map layer then change the layer mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to 40-50%.


Step 5:

Again with the adjustment layers, add in a Color Balance layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance, use the following settings:




Now you should have some nice colors like this:


Step 6:

Now you might want to repeat the part where you merge the layers, then duplicate, blur, layer mode change etc, so you get more of a vibrant picture.


Lastly you might want to add a soft border, and of course text.


Thanks for reading.

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Comments 6


    Nice Sig Bro : But i Don’t Get It


    This is really cool and easy, appreciate it.

  3. hema nandini

    it’s nice, bt i want to make templates….

    plzzzzz help me out……

  4. jaiganesh

    it ‘nice work

  5. Shadowcreak

    End product looks nice, but the first few steps don’t make sense, you never say to make more than 1 layer yet you say change layer mode and merge while there’s only 1 layer? =\

  6. xFATAL_N00Bx

    I don’t get it! You’re not telling us to make a new layer in the first few steps! You need to say when and where we need to make a new layer!

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