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A Simple Broken Glass Effect

Tutorials Photo Manipulation 96819 Views September 6th, 2010

Hello, today I will show you how easy it is to create a broken glass effect. We will use of course a photoshop broken glass free brush available on the internet. But you can try to make your own broken glass brush from a broken glass image.


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Merge all the window layers and call them Old Window Layer.

Step 4 - Add the Old Wall

Do you remember the two wall images Old Wall Layer and Brick Wall Layer? Now it is their time!

Place the two images behind Old Window Layer. Place the Old Wall layer above Brick Wall Layer and set the blending mode of this layer to Darken 100%. Duplicate Old Wall Layer , blending mode is now normal nor darken, and place it behind Brick Wall Layer. Now simply delete the window area from the third wall layers. Our image looks now like this:

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Step 5 - Add the Landscape

It is time to show the landscape behind the window. Simply copy the landscape and place it behind all the layers. Because we will put the focus on the glass and wall it is ok to make the landscape a little blurry so go to Filter - Gaussian Blur

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Step 6 - Add Glass to the Window

Because we've cropped the glass from the window we will try to create our own glass.

I have simply created a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool, color #5dffff and than I have changed the opacity of this layer to 30%. Cal this layer Glass Layer.

To make the glass more real add Drop Shadow to the Old Window Layer:

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Step 7 - Add the Broken Window Effect

This is the final step , the broken glass effect. There are on the internet many broken glass free brushes. It is easy to integrate it into your image. I have chosen this image that I like very much, but you can use of course one of the brushes that I am going to presented to you later on.

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Resize the image to 65% and than place it like in the image below:

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Now I have tied to blend my image (with layer's blending mode) so that it make part of the glass but because none of the blendings look right I have decided to invert my image. So go to Image - Adjustments - Invert or simply CTRL+I.

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5 comment(s) for "A Simple Broken Glass Effect"

7:00 AM Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Simple and useful! Thank U reply
John FreeITsolutions
7:00 AM Sunday, November 07, 2010
The glass effect is really easy to do and it looks very realistic, i will sure use it ! thank you my friend! reply
PSD Dude
7:00 AM Monday, November 15, 2010
Hi critic :-)

I think you are right. I will return to this tutorial (I did it about a year ago) and adjust the final result.

thanks for the suggestion reply
Ray Sholve
11:36 AM Monday, August 22, 2011
Thank you so so much. I'm planning on re-designing my website which is Emergency Glazier
and I'm looking for tutorials to create a large banner. Hopefully if it turns out well enough I will show it on here! reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The brightness of the image makes it seem like you're on the outside looking in. I think it should be darker. reply

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