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Gradient Blur Cluster

Written By: Sandra
Last Updated: July 24th, 2017
Program: Photoshop
Difficulty: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This tutorial is going to teach you how to add blurred gradients to your cluster brushes.

Final Product

Materials Needed

Step One

Start to make your sign in Photoshop. You’re going to want to have at least the sitemodel cutout, and the vector placed in the background as shown below.

Step Two

Go to the materials needed section at the top of this tutorial and grab any brush pack that you’d like. Define one of the brushes. Make a new layer then use your Brush tool to stamp it onto one side of the sign.

Step Three

Open up the layers palette (Window > Layers). Hold control and click on the layer preview for the layer that has your brushes on it.

This trick selects what is on the layer so you don’t have to manually select with tools. Your sign will have the dancing ant selection lines around the brushes, as seen below.

Step Four

Make a new Color fill layer in the layers palette by clicking on the icon below and selecting Color Fill.

Choose a color that you like and hit Ok. I chose color #efefef.

Step Five

Click back on your original brush layer and hold control to select the layer preview again. Create a new Gradient Fill layer using the same trick you just used to create the Color Fill layer. Choose your gradient and hit Ok. Your layers palette should look like this now.

Step Six

Click back on the original brush layer once more. Hit delete OR backspace on your keyboard to get rid of it. We do not need it anymore. Then, click on your gradient fill layer and use your arrow keys to move it downwards 2-3 spaces.

Step Seven

In the layers palette, right click the gradient fill layer and go to Duplicate Layer.

You’re going to want to click on the BOTTOM gradient fill layer now, like below.

Click on the black layer mask, which is NEXT TO the layer preview. It will have a white outline on both sides of the box when you are able to edit it.

Step Eight

Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur.

A box will pop up prompting you to change the settings. This is what I put mine on.

When you’re ready, hit Ok and your gradient should blur behind your brushes, like this.

Step Nine: Optional

If you want to, you can merge the gray and top gradient brush layers and add a drop shadow to make the effect stand out a little bit more.

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