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Electric Arcs
Add electrical arcs to your text.

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The order of these instructions was designed to be very flexible and allow you lots of control over the effect.

STEP 1

In a new photoshop file, create your text black on a white background. Flatten the layer.

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STEP 2

Create a new white layer, and use Filter>Render>Clouds on it. Perform Filter>Render>Difference Clouds about 5 times to bring out some details. (Note, render clouds and difference clouds behave differently at different resolutions. Higher resolutions give more detail.)

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STEP 3

Put the text layer above the clouds layer, setting its opacity to 50.

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STEP 4
Add a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels.) The shape of the histogram should have a "dead spot". Adjust the minimum and maximum input levels to encompass the dead spot. The result you end up with should be black text on a white background. 8
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STEP 5
Add a curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves.) Adjust the shape of the curve so it resembles a bell or hill shape like pictured. The second and fourth control points are important. The resulting image wont look like much but a spotted outline. 11
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STEP 6
This step is recommended to help with future adjustment. For now, we'll assume a basic yellow color. To do this we need to add another adjustment layer, this time a Color Balance. 12
STEP 7

And now the real fun starts. Select your text layer you created in step 1 a apply a Gaussian filter on it. I used a setting of 8, but it will depend on your image size. The real fun here is since we did the adjustment layers already, you can see what the effect will look like with different amounts of blur.

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You can now go back to the adjustment layers and continue to fine tune or adjust if you desire.

And there you have it, the final version.

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