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Creating a simple background in Photoshop 7 as a base for a more complex graphic.
Download the complete Photoshop CS file (4.9MB zipped) with layers for this image below.


Adobe Photoshop 7 - Energy2

by  Daniel Ledarney

Summary: Here you will show you how to create background which maybe used as a base for a more complex graphic - as seen above.  Download the complete Photoshop CS file (4.9MB zipped) for image above. Choose a file; filter clouds and different clouds, invert, colour balance adjustment, change mode to colour dodge on duplicate layer.

You may use Photoshop techniques to create a  varied of backgrounds.  This is only one among many.  More latter...
1. Create a new file.
Create a new file (Carlen) in RGB mode with a resolution of 72. I made mine 350 x 350 (pixels). Name and save the file. On the tools palette set your foreground color to white and background color to black.
Tool Pallete - Foreground to white & background to black
2. Filter - Clouds - Different Clouds.
Go to Filter > Render > CloudsGo to Filter > Render > Different Clouds. Go to Image > Adjust > Invert (Ctrl+I)
Adobe Photoshop 7 - Clouds
3. Adjust Levels.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > LevelsMove the middle arrow from the center all the way to the right as indicated by the red arrow. Merge Visible Layers - so Adjustment Layer and inverted clouds layer become a single layer.  
Adobe Photoshop 7 - Levels - Midtone adjustment
4. Blur Filter & Colour Balance.
Now go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set it  to 999. I used a positive 38 degrees for the 
angle in this case.  Do this twice.  Now, to add color go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Colour Balance. I used setting of  -63, -1, and +65 respectively with the Midtones and Preserve Luminosity Opacity switches on under the Tone Balance subheader. Make sure your preview switch is turned on.
Adobe Photoshop 7 - Motion Blur x 2
5. Result of Colour Dodge.
Merge the two layers once happy with your colours.  Double click on the background layer to unlock it -- name it if you wish.  Ctrl+J will copy the background layer and place it in its own layer above; now, set this new layer to colour dodge.

Click "Download" to get the Photoshop Layer Development Zip file for the image at the very top.
Adobe Photoshop 7 - Colour Dodge view