Create A Glass Effect

August 1, 2010


How to Create A Glass Effect.

1: Creating The Block Area That Is To Be A Glass Shard

  • 1.1. Locate whatever will be the background for your glass area.
  • 1.2. Duplicate this area (CTRL + J).
  • 1.3. Erase what you don’t need from this dupilcated layer, leaving only the area that is to be a glass block.
  • 1.4. Image 2 is an example of this. I’ve erased so that the corners are rounded, and hidden the background so that you can see it properly.

gl1.jpg gl2.jpg

2: Adding Shadows, Transparency & Lighting To Your Glass Block

  • 2.1. Add Layer » Layer Style » Drop Shadow with 50% Opacity, 0px Distance, 10% Spread, and 15px Size.
  • 2.2. Add Layer » Layer Style » Inner Glow with 20% Opacity, white colouring, 0% Choke, and 5px Size.
  • 2.3. Remember though, depending on the size of your glass block, these settings might need to be slightly altered, so experiment with it.
  • 2.4. Create A New Layer (Ctrl + Shift + N).
  • 2.5. With a soft white brush, go over the glass block as if you’re applying some areas with a misty reflection of light.
  • 2.6. Right-Click on the layer, and select Create Clipping Mask, so that the effect doesn’t fall outside of the block.
  • 2.7. I’ve added a Filter » Blur » Guassian Blur with a 20px Radius, but depending on your block size you may need to differenciate that.

gl3.jpg gl4.jpg

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