Want to create a great background for a layout, but don’t have the patience for anything difficult? This simple Photoshop tutorial will leave you with a striking circuit board background.

Step 1

Open up a new image in PS, whatever size you like.

Step 2

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds (at the top of the screen), and then Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic.

Circuit Board Background Photoshop Tutorial

Step 3

Depending on the size of your image, you may need to change the cell size. If your image is big, increase the cell size, if it’s small, reduce it etc. Don’t worry too much about it though!

Step 4

Next, go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy and press Ok, leaving the settings on 7 and 8.

Step 5

Then go to Filter > Stylize > Emboss, using the following settings: Angle: 165 Height: 100 Amount: 295. Don’t worry if the colour goes all icky, we’ll sort that out in a minute.

Step 6

Finally, go to Filter > Stylise > Find Edges, and the colour will be restored If you don’t like the colour, see my colourising tutorial for help on how to change it. The bigger your image is, the more effective the final result looks.

Circuit Board Background Photoshop Tutorial