Abstract background in photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Ellipse, Brushes and Gradients tool to create an abstract background. You can use these methods and elements to create your own
Abstract background for PC or smartphone! Let’s start!

Let’s begin the work by creating a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop, 1920px * 1200px (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 72 pixels. Use the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) to fill with color # 242678 a new background layer.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and activate a soft round Brush (Brush).

Use this brush to darken the document slightly on its top right side and on the bottom left. Colour Brushes (Brush) black # 000000 (Opacity of the brush 15%).

Next we will try to draw a few small circles. Use the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) with color # FF6C00 to draw the next ellipse.

Install Fill (Fill) at 13% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Shadow (Drop Shadow):

We get the following result.

Next we will make several copies of the last circle made (Ctrl + J). Choose a team Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), to reduce each copy in turn and place them as in the picture below.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select a soft round Brush (Brush Tool) (B).

Use this brush to paint circles located on the left side. Colour Brushes (Brush) # FEAC00 and Opacity – 40%.

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) for this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Using the same Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U), we will draw some more circles on different layers. Their color is #FFCDCD. Install Fill (Fill) 10% for these layers.

We will group all the layers containing pink circles (hold CTRL and select the necessary layers, then hold down the left mouse button while dragging the selected layers to the Create a new group icon at the bottom of the layers panel).

Install Fill (Fill) at 0% for the group and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel. Select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor). Set the colors as shown in the image below. Click OK to close the dialog box. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor).

We get the following result.

Add Layer mask (Layer mask) for a group by clicking on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Then choose soft round Brush (Brush) black color # 000000.

Draw on the mask with this brush to hide the left edge of the circles, as shown in the image below.

Via Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) we will continue to draw circles, just as we did earlier. Color – # FFCDCD. Install Fill (Fill) at 0% for these layers. Each circle should be on a separate layer.

Let’s collect all the circles created in the group. Install Fill (Fill) at 0% for the group and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel. Select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as shown in the image below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result.

Make a copy of the group that we have and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to shrink each instance. Place them as in the picture below. Install Fill (Fill) 0% for the group and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel. Select Gradient Overlay:

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as shown in the image below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result.

Create another group of circles, as we did above. Using all the same Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U), the color of the circles as in the previous group.

Install Fill (Fill) at 0% for the group, and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel, select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as shown in the image below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result.

Next we will create the last group of circles using Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) and color #FFCDCD. Each circle should be on a separate layer. Install Fill (Fill) 10% for this group.

We will group all the layers containing circles (hold CTRL and select the necessary layers, then hold down the left mouse button while dragging the selected layers to the Create a new group icon at the bottom of the layers panel). Install Fill (Fill) 0% for the group, and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel, select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as shown in the image below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and activate a soft round Brush (Brush Tool) (B).

Use this brush to paint the background at the bottom right of the document. Colour Brushes (Brush) # 99FF00 and Opacity – 15%.

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) for this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Make sure that the layer containing the brush is active in the layers panel and select the following command for the layer Image-> External Channel (Image-> Apply Image).

This team will allow us to create layers overlapping each other and will give us much more control over the image, images will blend, and will open up much more creative possibilities, which will allow us to improve the overall results.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and activate a soft round Brush (Brush) white #ffffff Opacity (Opacity) – 40%.

Use this brush to paint the circles, as well as shown in the next image.

Install Fill (Fill) 57% and change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overlay).

Click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown, to make some color adjustments.

We get the following result.

Click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Vibration (Vibrance) to improve the overall color of the image.

We get the following result.

Now we need to group together all our layers (hold down CTRL and select the necessary groups, then hold down the left mouse button while dragging the selected groups onto the icon Create a new group (Create a new group) at the bottom of the layers panel.

Select a group in the layers panel and press Ctrl + E to Merge Down. On the rasterized layer that we got, we need to apply the following filter: Filter-> Sharpness-> Contour Sharpness (Filter-> Sharpen-> UnSharp Mask).

We get the following result.

Our abstract background is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Download PSD file here.

Author: Adobetutorialz

Translator: Artemenko Love

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