Step 27

Reduce the opacity of the two “Interlaced Circles” layer slightly to give them some transparency. I reduced both layers to 80%.


Step 28

Now we’re going to add some star filters to enhance the background a little. Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N). Name this layer “Star Filter” and position it above the two Gradient Fill layers.

Change the blending mode to Screen then fill this layer with black by going to Edit > Fill. Set the contents to black then click OK.


Step 29

Select the Brush tool and change your brush to the Hard Round brush.

Adjust the brush size so that it is about this size:


Step 30

In the Brush palette (Window > Brush), enable the Shape Dynamics option and set the Size Jitter to 100%.

Enable the Scattering option then set the Scatter to 1000%.

Set your foreground color to white then paint in the areas where you want the star filter effect to appear. Here’s how I painted mine:


Step 31

Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+J or going to Layer > Duplicate Layer.

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the angle to 45°. Zoom out of the preview area by holding down the Alt/Option key and clicking in the preview area. Adjust the settings so that you get a motion blur like shown below. Click OK to apply the changes.

Go to Filter > Motion Blur or press Ctrl/Cmd+F to repeat the filter.


Step 32

Select the other Star Filter layer then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. We’re going to apply the same settings except for the angle which should be set to -45°. Click OK to apply the Motion Blur filter.

Go to Filter > Motion Blur or press Ctrl/Cmd+F to repeat the filter.


Step 33

Hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key and select both of the Star Filter layers. Go to Layer > Merge Layers.

Rename this layer back to “Star Filter” and set the blend mode back to Screen.

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Set the Amount to 200% then adjust the Radius so that your star filter effect looks sharper like the image below.

Here’s what the image looks like with the star filter effect.


Step 34

Next, we’re going to add an radial wave graphic. Start by creating a new Photoshop document (File > New) with a width and height of 10,000 pixels.


Step 35

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool then, in the option bar, set the Style to Fixed Size, Width to 100%, and Height to 500px.

Create a selection on the top edge of the document. If it is not snapping to the edge, make sure you have View > Snap and View > Snap To > Document Bounds enabled.

Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N). Fill the selected area with black. To do this, go to Edit > Fill, select Black as the contents, then click OK. Deselect the selection by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+D or going to Select > Deselect.


Step 36

Go to Edit > Free Transform. Click on the “Use relative position for reference point” button then set the Y axis to 1000 px. Press Enter on your keyboard to apply the changes.

Go to Edit > Step Backwards to undo the move. Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T or Cmd+Option+Shift+T keys on a Mac nine times. You’ll get an image like below.

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