Creating cracks on the surface of the your interfaces is another technique you can use to produce the wear and tear effect for your designs. The technique is easy to execute and makes use of the softlight effect to create the realistic crack on the surface.

Start by loading a selection on the interface where you will be applying the cracks effect. The selection will serve as a
boundary to ensure that the brush strokes we will be doing will be limited to the interface.

Select the airbrush tool and select the smallest default brush size. Set the brush opacity at 100% then randomly stroke crack patterns on your interface. Start out with thin strokes then repeat the strokes on areas where you want to make the cracks appear larger.

After you have created the crack pattern on the surface of the interface you then duplicate the pattern layer.

Select the duplicate layer then offset the contents of the layer 1 pixel down and 1 pixel left. Inverse the color of the black pattern to white.This will create the 3D effect for the crack to make it appear more realistic.

Change the layer modes of both layers containing the pattern from normal to softlight. This will fade the crack to the surface
of the interface.

Now to darken the crack all you will need to do is duplicate the layer containing the black pattern. That duplicate should also be in softlight layer mode.
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