Posted By: Ben Jamir
One of my Favorite Photoshop Effect “ Broken Glass effect”. I hope you will enjoy reading this Tutorial. I am Using Photoshop CS3, but any version should work. Just follow this tutorial step by step to get this Broken Glass effect. At the end of this tutorial you will be able to achieve an effect like this “Broken glass effect”
Step 1: Open a new document with transparent background in Photoshop. The size of the document preferably be the same as the image you will use for the effect. Since my Image is of 1000 x 563 , my new document size is also of the same size.
Than create a new layer above it and fill it with black color #000000.
Step 3: Now transform this shape a little bit with the transform tool. by pressing Ctrl+T or Edit – free transform.
Step 4: Create another new layer and use the Magnetic lasso tool make a shape by the side of the first shape that you made earlier and fill it with black color #000000. Repeat this several times to make different type of shapes that should looks like this on your document.
You Layer Pallet should now look like this. I have here six different shapes on its own layer.
Step 5: Now find the Image that you want to use for the Broken glass Effect. I have used this image,(you can use this image if you want to) and load it on Photoshop.
Step 6: Duplicate this layer as many times as you have the shape layer and position the duplicated image layer just above the shape layers on the layer pallet window, this you can achieve by selecting the image and dragging it with the left mouse button pressed and release the button once its in place. Your Layer pallet now should look like this.
Step 7: Now click on the first Image Layer to select it, as shown on the image on the left, than press the “Ctrl” button on the key board and click on the shape layer just below the image layer this will select the shape, just make sure that the image layer remains selected (denoted by the blue color) than click on the “Add layer mask” button at the bottom of the layer pallet menu, this will add a layer mask along side the image. Do this for every Image layer.
Your Layer’s Pallet will look like this as shown on this Image. A mask layer with every Image. Now hide all the shape layer’s by clicking on the “eye” of the layer. We won’t them now.
You Image Now should look like this.
Step 8: Now Apply Drop shadow layer style to each Image Layer. This you can do by going to Layer- Layer styles – blending options – Drop shadow. You may use the default settings for Drop shadow or tweak it according to your own liking, I kept the default settings, works fine.
Your Image should look like this now, after applying the drop shadow layer style.
Just to highlight the drop shadow effect I had to add a new white layer at the bottom.
Step 9: Without a fitting background for this Broken Glass effect, the Image is not complete. You can use any Image, I used a stock photo of Pebbles as a background to enhance the Broken glass effect.
That’s it ! Did my best to explain with as many illustrations.I hope you could follow this tutorial. Any doubt or comments are welcome.
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