Using a random background and making simple splash screen using Layer styles

By , last updated July 3, 2017

The image that is going to be used for this tutorial is taken from the below link, it’s always a good idea to use a high resolution texture for crisp and sharp results.

  1. Launch Photoshop.
  2. Open the texture you just downloaded.
  3. File > Save As , save a new PSD , double click on the background layer to unlock it.
  4. With the help of the Pen tool mark around one of the rhombus shapes. See the image below for the red marked area where you will draw with the pen tool.


  1. Complete the path and close it when the small icon near the pen tool shows ‘o’. Press
    CTRL + ENTER. This creates a marching ant selection.


  1. Insert a new layer (CTRL +N)
  2. Select a color of your choice, and fill in the selection (CTRL + BACKSPACE)
  3. Repeat these steps and cover the texture with various rhombus shape colors. It is a good practice to keep each shape in separate layer. See image on how to progress.



  1. Once complete with the shapes, select each shape and give it a slight Gaussian Blur. Repeat this step for each shape, the blurring will soften the edges.


  1. Select all the layers with the shapes you just make and change the blend mode to “Overlay”
  2. If you feel the colors are too saturated you can change the layer opacity to your liking.
  3. Next merge all layers (CTRL + SHIFT + E), usually before doing this it’s a good idea to keep a copy of the layers in a separate PSD, simply goto File > Save As… and save a copy. This gives you control in case you need to go back.
  4. Select the merged layer make a copy of this, right click on layer and select Duplicate.
  5. You should have two layers now. Rename the bottom layer as “BG COPY” and the top layer rename it to “BG BLUR”. Turn off the visibility for “BG COPY”.
  6. Select “BG BLUR” and apply a Gaussian blur value of your liking.


  1. Next take the type tool and type any title you like.
  2. Right click on the text layer and select “Blending Options”, this opens the Layer Style dialogue.
  3. You can experiment with the various styles to what you are aiming for. Try the Bevel & Emboss style.
  4. Here is the final result.