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[!] Zoomed Pixels

Create new file with size 160x120 pixels. Fill it with solid color (say, blue).

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Apply noise filter (Filter menu - Noise - Add Noise). Try different amuont values to choose what you like most.

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Now we need to resize our image (Image menu - Image size). First, change pixels to percent in width dropdown. You will notice Width value is now 100 (per cent). Change it  to 1000 (we want 10x zoom, which is 1000 per cent). Now, most importantly, goto resample image dropdown and set it  to nearest neighbour! This will give us nice squares with hard (not antialiased) edges.

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Cool! Now we already have a nice pattern built from mini squares (each is 10x10 pixels). But we can do more.

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We will need a 1-pixel gap between the squares. To  do so, we will need another image to help us. Create new image, 10x10 pixels, transparent background.

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Use pencil tool to draw the lines on the left and bottom edges of the image (or right and top, nevermind). After that, select all (Ctrl-A) and define a pattern from selection (Edit menu - Define Pattern). Then, you can close this temporary image and return to our main image.

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Create new layer and fill it with the pattern we just created. To  do so, open Fill dialog (Edi menu - Fill), choose Pattern, and then in the list of custom patterns, find the one we need (last one).

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oh yes! now we have blue squares in layer 1 and a black grid in layer 2. This is not all yet!

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Hold Ctrl and click layer 2". The black grid should become selection. Then

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Then, simply hit Del button, and you will get the 1-pixel gap between the squares. Why would you need it? Read on!

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Now that each square is separated with a pixel of transparency, we can apply layer effects. I used Bevel and Emboss, you can other. Note the values shown in the screenshot: size is 0, shadow mode - color dodge with opacity about 50%. When applying layer effects, always remember than no effects looks better than too many effects. So, be careful when setting the values.

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To make our iage even better, how about a slight overlay of the gradient? Note the values: gradient - black to white, style - radial, blend mode - overlay.

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Words look wiser on old paper →

Comments {101}

Heidi long ago
I love tutorials, and greatly appreciate your sharing your techniques. Thanks so much!

Blogobobo long ago
Simply Amazing! (y)

Fefelito long ago
Muito bom seu trabalho e suas dicas. me identifico muito com seu modo se trabalho. Obrigado pelas dicas. Yours technique will help a lot. Thanks for your generosity. From Brazil.

Stef long ago
Cool tut. This technique will help a lot !! (Y)(Y)(Y)

Venkatesh long ago
thanking you

sreenivasa sharma long ago
good and simple novel approach to sipmpifie the complication go on more idea and help us

toray long ago
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Joni long ago
Wonderful! Thank you so much!

Boro long ago
Hmm maybe ill make use of photoshop anyway :) . Its so simple when someone walks u throo thnx for that and by the way thnx for free wallpapers they are amazing my faworite is "In this world", so now u know u realy did me a fawour by this tutorial, so thnx a milion u rule

adoh long ago
Thank uuuu sooooooooooo much I did my first photoshop !!!

poe long ago
thanks for the tutorials , they are remarcable. good luck in the future

Nimish long ago
One word - "Great"

hamid (hata design) long ago
thats greet

tata long ago
Great cucc!

Pierre long ago
Merci Vlad de nous faire profiter de tes connaissances ; c'est super !

rapchi long ago
hay aq süper lan bunlar..... ama hepinizin aq çıkın lan sitemden.....

Donna long ago
I'll love you forever if all this can be put in "paint shop pro" terms for us poor fools who can't afford Photoshop (L)

Vitaly long ago
... вот только почему на русском языке нет?

Vitaly long ago
ОООгромное спасибо тебе, Влад, что открыл этот новый и оччень полезный раздел. Я буду очень рад перенять хоть какие-то навыки у тебя. :)

manik long ago
good but i want more tutorial on photoshop

Hasan long ago
fantastic, appreciated

soo long ago
wow. thanks

Jon long ago
Excellent! Simple and very helpful.

vlad gerasimov long ago
Алекс: скажем так, ушли на доработку по многочисленным просьбам.

Irfan long ago
jo its fantastic man. give us more ps tutorialz :-P

DewrGleision long ago
Understated genius; quite valuable, this tutorial is to me, to borrow a little of Yoda's syntax. ;-) :-) You wouldnt have any other feats of Photoshop ingenuity floating about that gifted psyche, aye? Clueless clods with Elements and some basic DHTML knowledge like myself are always in the need! :-) Bravo.

Charlyk-Marlyk long ago
i want to be better then u. but how?:-( i am 13

rushdy0974@yahoo.com long ago
great thanx, if more send to this mail please as a favour

Gabriel long ago
;-) Excelente, sencillo y con un gran efecto Gracias

Paulo Pereira long ago
A ideia é excelente e gostava que pudesses fazer mais tutoriais. Um dia espero poder fazer algo de tão bom a nível gráfico. Cumprimentos de Coimbra/Portugal

Artem long ago
Просто офигительно! (Y) Нигде в инете не видел подобного урока... эксклюзив :-)

Fred 23 March 2008
This was really cool and simple. Thanks!

Visualitymen 18 April 2008
Excelente Saludos desde Honduras

Yukiko 16 May 2008
Absolutely nice!!!! It's very useful! thanks

SUNata 5 June 2008
Влад, спасибо за все представленные здесь уроки!

dubining 28 October 2008
I didn't know it could be THAT easy! Thank you VERY MUCH.

мартини 23 June 2009
прикольно, спасибо за урок (:

lawrence77 3 July 2009
Cool stuff..... :D But u didnt give the values of the gradient and so on..... :( Any way nice techniques.... ;)

Adolph 14 August 2009
Хорошая обучающая программа Vlad! Большое спасибо!

automatik 17 September 2009
Génial!!! Merci,Vraiment :) .

Mahaveer 25 October 2009
can i use this on a picture?? will that be effective in bringing more clarity in its visibility???

lili 3 January 2010
c'est trop bien ait merci beaucoup !!!! lili

23 March 2010
LIndo!!!

Francisco Suarez 7 May 2010
Great!

JENNETTE 7 August 2010
OH VERY GOOD !!

Marinet 25 March 2013
Super awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

AE long ago
Simply amazing! (Y)

parmar_gd2006@yahoo.co.in long ago
good

Angelo long ago
I like I like I like

test long ago
test

Azadeh Sh long ago
(Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) a thanks from Iran

SAMAR long ago
U really gave a new vision to create shaded squares.Excellent....Superb (Y)(Y)(Y)

ec long ago
好!实用!

THYAGARAJAN long ago
VERY INTERESTING

Nawshad long ago
still huge thnx for your generosity (Y)

toray long ago
hey nice tuts can you submit them to tutorialselect.com! we have over 7000+ tutorials

fereshteh long ago
it is good... miyaneh girl

Honeybee long ago
Top notch tutorial, Vlad! Thank you very much.

vanseven long ago
WOW, really help me a lot, thanks

templater long ago
Really nice tutorial, but the comments system needs to be fixed for cyrilic I guess... Ïðîáà ("Test" )

Matt long ago
Totally cool. I'm going to do it for my monitor size (1680 x 1050) and use it as my desktop background!

prashant long ago
He vlad, its funtastic dude, :-) I really found a new vision for the design. Thanks (Y)

chiroki long ago
master of magic ïîçäðàâ èç ñðáè¼å

mbandempo long ago
what a great tut ;-)

sean long ago
I've worked through all of your tutorials, and it has been more than useful. Serbia loves you, Vlad.

alex long ago
Кажется вчера или позавчара на вашем сайте было несколько уроков, а сегодня один... куда пропали остальные???

m4rc[fr] long ago
Cool stuff (Y) Merci Vlad ;-) and go on...

newuni long ago
Nice one. More more more... :-O

.bugs long ago
spasiba

Metella long ago
Semplice e bellissimo. Ne avremo altri? Grazie

Lipis long ago
we want more...!!

Figmund Sreud long ago
NHjaaaa!

zabbo long ago
great job and very usefull !!!

Chris long ago
Cool tutorial,hope to see more coming up...

andman long ago
hallo ihr da draussen

latrab long ago
thanks.from.hungary

David from U.S.A long ago
:-D Great work Vlad. Thanks for the tutorial. Cheers, David

Amoo long ago
How should i say! COOL pretty COOL!!

Amoo long ago
OMG!! COOL B

Vlad Gerasimov long ago
To Charlyk-Marlyk: :-):-) Simply go on, and work 16 hrs a day, and by 24 (I am 24) you will be much better!

Charlyk-Marlyk long ago
GOOD

ghostinthetoast long ago
simply great tutorial (Y)

Mansoor_nazari long ago
wow. thanks .(Y) we want more...!!

Aneesh long ago
Very very gooooooooooooooooood we want more plz give more tips to develop ourself plzzzzzzzz

:Noir: long ago
Simple and really nice (Y) I like the wallpapers, currently using Ooleetka Hot on my 17" LCD. Thank you.

Ali Rıza long ago
Çok önemli uyarılara değinilmiş. Ayrıca yaratıcılıkta geliştirilmesi önemli olan noktalar belirtilmiş. Süper! :-)

Ditza`H long ago
Văd că toată lumea scrie aici în propria lui limbă, aşa că o să fac şi io la fel. :-P Super tare meseriaşule! (Y) Keep on rolling!!! :-D

Calvin 18 April 2008
Cool....

Corpse 30 April 2008
Thanks! Really nice and helpful tutorial!:)

mohshinobi 26 May 2008
OmG

kalyan 24 June 2008
neat

Russianless 30 April 2009
Мы не понимаем русский язык Что hepened сейчас?? Я мог бы исправить мне?? sorry because cant speak Russian (Traslate google)

15 July 2009
how i can download it?

14 August 2009
Хорошая обучающая программа Vlad! Большое спасибо!

Victor 18 August 2009
thanks! helpful!

NARENDAR 14 October 2009
HA HA HA

Jo 14 December 2009
ffs where's the damn pencil on the toolbar!!!!! i wasted an hour looking and searching - maybe its a pc/mac or adobe version thing

13 January 2010
merceeeeeeee

Silvia 25 March 2010
Thanks for share this tutorial. Simple, very nice and very useful.

Bernd Artmueller 24 June 2010
WOW, your tutorials are so amazing and easy to follow. Keep on making such cool effects

Valentin 14 October 2013
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