TUTORIAL BY DAYJO ASPEN
In this tutorial, you will learn to create a simple banner similar to this:1.
Create a new image, mine is 500*200. Press D to reset your colours.
Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.
Go to Filter > Stylize > Extrude with these settings:
[Depth: 30 - Random]
Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coodinates.
Make sure it is Rectangular to Polar.3.
Go to Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CW.
Go to Filter > Stylize > Wind.
Now Press CONTROL + F (or go to Filter > Stylize > Wind with the same settings)
Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CCW.4.
Now Go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges. Your Image should now look something like this:5.
Now, to add some color. Click Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.
Play around with the settings until you get a colour you like.6.
Then go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur with these settings:
Finally do Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap with the default settings.
You have finished your background!7.
Now, choose your images you want to go on your banner, like my zelda ones. And set their layer style to Luminosity8.
Now for the border:
Create a new Layer (CONTROL + SHIFT + N). Name this layer "Border".
Select the Polygon Lassoo tool:
Hold shift and click on your banner to begin creating a border.
Go all the way around until you have finished, now you can unhold shift and connect the border line up.
Now inverse the selection by pressing CONTROL + SHIFT + I or going to Select > Inverse.9.
Go the gradient tool and make sure its set to do Forground to Background. Draw a gradient from bottom to top like in the image below:
Set the Border Layer style to Hue.
Now open up that layer's Blending Options by double clicking the layer in the Layers Tool window.
Bevel and Emboss
The default settings should be alright but you might want to play around with them.
Now, add some text with the text tool, give it a nice soft drop shadow and a bevel and there you are your finished banner!sorry for the lack of images, its a bit silly that this 'graphics' forum only lets me post 10 images :( .. oh well I hope you can still work it out..