How to Create 5 Amazing Glitch Effects in Photoshop! (Free Glitch Action Download)

Learn how to create five different styles of glitch effects in Photoshop using channels, using Smart Objects, using Blending Options, using Noise, and using Colored Layers. We’re going to cover so much coolness in this tutorial, you’re absolutely going to love it! If you’d like to download these glitches as a free action pack, hit the link to the written tutorial below and enter your email address in the download form and you’ll be able to download the action right away!

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1. Channel Glitch

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This is a very destructive, but very easy to create glitch. Open your image and go to the Channels Panel and choose your Red channel. Then go Filter>Distort>Wave and choose a Wave that is square and has only 1 Generator. Also, get rid of any vertical distortion offset by reducing the very last slider to zero. Play with the other sliders and use the “Randomize” button to see what kind of effect you can create. Check out the video at the 02:36 minute mark, or download the free glitch actions above to really dive into creating this glitch effect.

2. Smart Object Glitch

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The beauty of this glitch effect is that once you have created it, you can simply replace the contents of one Smart Object to automatically change the glitch effect from one image to another. In this effect we will combine many color fill layers, Wave effects, layer groups, and Blend Modes to get a very cool glitch effect that you can quickly change to make it very subtle or very noticeable. Check out the video above at the 08:54 second mark to see how to make this OR download the free glitch action pack above!

3. Blend Mode Glitch

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This is a great glitch effect because it’s so easy to create. We convert our image to a smart object and duplicate it 2x and then set one duplicate to display the red channel in the Blending Options and apply a Wave filter to it, and we set the other duplicate to display one or both of the remaining channels in Blending Options and apply a different Wave filter to this layer. Add a little blending, a Color Lookup Adjustment, and we’ve got a killer effect. Check out the video at the 16:15 mark or download the free glitch action pack above to dive into this one!

4. Noise Based Glitch

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This is a very unique glitch effect and when it’s used on the right kind of image (you just know it when you see it,) it’s probably my favorite of these five glitch effects. We build a selection pattern from a Noise Gradient and modify the image only within those selections. It’s really cool and probably something you’ve never tried in Photoshop before. Check out the video above at the 21:44 mark or download the free action pack at the top of this post.

5. Colored Layer Glitch

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This glitch effect breaks out three layers and colors them Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow and applies a Wave filter to each layer and uses Blend Modes to create a very cool, early 90’s, VHS style of washed out image. You’ve got to check out the tutorial above at the 30:57 mark or just download the free glitch action pack provided at the top of this post to check it out on your own images.

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  • Robin Owens

    Looks great! Those photos are absolute bombs! It’s not an easy task for me to fix photos though. If I have difficulties, I use photo editing services at editouch, lavalu or even fixthephoto. Otherwise, you make it all look easy. You help me a lot, I should say. I do photo retouching for some of the pics myself (if I have such a desire of course) using your techniques and tips. Always wait for some info from you.

  • Joe

    have been subscribed a few days ago and haven’t received the packs yet….

  • Christopher George Thedesignbo

    so where is the file already?

  • Marco Skog

    Like the comments below say, I subscribed solely for these actions, so how do i get em?? Great tutorial btw!

  • Carlos G

    i can create these effects now that I’ve seen this tutorial, however, i was interested in these actions for time saving purposes and have yet to receive them or be able to download them. whats the deal?

  • Martine Willems

    Hi there, I filled in my e-mail, but I got a 404 not found page so I couldn’t download yout glitch pack. Can I get it otherwise? Thanks

    • Ahh, I had something mis-linked here and missed these comments. My mistake! Here is a working download for you: http://bit.ly/2mvYfOW

      • Martine Willems

        thanks

        • Martine Willems

          It doesn’t work in CS6?

  • Alfred

    Hi, i downloaded the pack and it is in a .atn form, how do i put them in photoshop? thanks!

    • Willy Ridge

      Edit>Adobe PDF Presets>Load>Find the .atn file and add it

  • Xavier

    could i get a download link ?