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Using the Lens Flare filter is a pretty simple way to make a lens flare. Filters > Render > Lens Flare But in order to get a look more like the one you provided, I used to lens flare filter and made sure the brightness was set pretty low (around 75%) to make sure there isn't a lot of blur that could disrupt the next step. Next, I just used the smudge tool ...
I found out the answer by testing. Blending with an empty adjustment layer is exactly the same as blending with itself duplication. So the result of multiply is, colour of itself (0 to 255) * colour of itself (0 to 255) / 255. Cheers :)
The actual fanning looks like layered transparency. Meaning, you maybe start with a rectangle, cut it down to size, and make more on top until you are fully opaque. I'd look into the Draw Inside feature in Illustrator. That way, you create your fanned look and then cut and paste the shape(s) into whatever shape. I'll try and expand this answer later, but I ...
Could surely be done with the pen tool and pathfinder tool in illustrator. It would be much easier to use a layer mask in photoshop however. That said, if you're creating a new, important logo, for anything other than a one off website, you're better off not taking short cuts and refining every detail of the logo in illustrator so you have it as a vector ...
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