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    Make Energy Nova

    Step 1: Create a blank document of any size (800px by 600px is a good start) and fill the background with a solid black colour. Select Filter > Render > Clouds from the main menu & make sure you have black and white selected as your background and foreground colours respectively. If you do this right you will have a cloudy texture like the on the left.

    Step 2: Apply Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint with the type list-box set to Short Strokes. After a little processing time you should end up with an image that resembles the opposite.

    Step 3: Its now time to create the main effect. Run Filter > Blur > Radial Blur with your settings defined as follows:

    Amount: 100
    Blur Method: Zoom
    Quality: Best

    Do this twice and you should end up with a common 'warp' effect like the on the left. Once you have d this, duplicate the layer once (there should only be layer in your document - i.e. the background).

    Step 4: With the bottom (background) layer selected in your layer palette, twirl the image a little by running Filter > Distort > Twirl with an angle of +120.

    NB. Don't be too alarmed if your twirls and/or final result does not exactly match my own. Steps 1 and 2 have an element of randomness, so the image is a little different every time. It makes this tutorial more fun, dontchathink?

    Step 5: It looks interesting so far, but we can make it look better. To make your image look like the opposite, select the top (duplicate) layer, and repeat Filter > Distort > Twirl, this time with the angleLighten to phase the layers together. Other blending modes have different funky effects, so feel free to experiment! set to -180. Change the layer's blending mode to Lighten to phase the layers together. Other blending modes have different funky effects, so feel free to experiment!

    Step 6: Its time to add a little colour. Choose Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation from the main menu and enter in the following settings:

    Hue: 0
    Saturation: +25
    Lightness: 0
    Colorize: Checked

    This will give your layer a reddish hue. You aren't limited to this colour, of course - feel free to choose a different if you wish.

    Step 7: It looks good, but we can still improve upon it. Repeat step 6, but this time on the original background layer, and with these settings:

    Hue: +202
    Saturation: +63
    Lightness: 0
    Colorize: Checked

    Step 8: As a final touch, merge both layers together by choosing Layer > Merge Visible from the main menu. Once this has been d, run Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask with these settings:

    Amount: 100%
    Radius: 0.5px
    Threshold: 0

    These settings can be varied to your own personal taste. And that's it - you're finished! It may be prudent to crop away the outsides of the image to remove filter grain, but I'll let you do that. Have fun!

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