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Neo Grunge Type Effect

Quick Tip: Getting rid of that 01 square in the top-left corner of your image window

If you're one of the millions of Photoshop users who suffer from seeing the number 01, followed by a little rectangular box, you're in luck—there's a simple cure. But what brought this evil little nasty to the top-left corner of your screen in the first place? At some point, you clicked on the Slice tool, or while working with another tool, you pressed the letter “k” to briefly switch to the Slice tool. When you do this (even once), it brings up the dreaded 01 thingy, because it thinks you want to slice the image, and it's showing you the default slice. The bad thing is—when you switch off the Slice tool, the slice stays visible, which can, in turn, drive you insane. To get rid of it, go under the View menu, under Show, and choose Slices to hide the slices and bring sanity back to your world.


This is a technique I used to create the logo for the band Big Electric Cat, and it makes use of a filter that we don't often get to make use of (the Diffuse Glow filter), primarily because the filter is pretty lame. But luckily, if you apply this filter over white text, it gives it a “sloppy-spray-paint” job that's reminiscent of the neo grunge look. Here's how it's done:


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