Colorful abstract background in photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a colorful abstract background in Photoshop CS5 using standard shapes, brushes and gradients.

Final image:

Step 1

Get started with creating a new document. (Ctrl + N) 1250px x 1550px, with RGB color mode and a resolution of 72 pixels. Click on the icon Add a layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the Layers palette and select a style Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

AT Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) set those shades of blue that are shown in the screenshot and click OK to close the dialog box.

The background now looks like this:

Step 2

Choose a tool Line (Line Tool) (U) with a width (Weight) of 1 pixel and draw white lines:

Step 3

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U) and on the property bar at the top of the screen, select the triangle shape from the drop-down menu.

Click the tool on the background and draw a triangle shape:

Result:

Step 4

In the same way, draw another triangle:

For the second triangle, set the parameter Fill 0% and add layer style Stroke.

Result:

Step 5

Make two copies of the last triangle layer. (Ctrl + J) and change the size and location of these duplicates (Ctrl + T):

Step 6

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U) and from the drop-down list of shapes, select Triangle Frame.

Draw the selected shape:

Set the parameter Fill for this figure 16%. This will make the shape translucent.

Duplicate the translucent triangle layer (Ctrl + J), resize copy (Ctrl + T) and place it as shown in the screenshot:

Add a mask to this layer and select a black soft round brush.

Paint over the mask to hide the bottom of the copy of the transparent triangle:

Step 7

Draw another triangle in subtraction mode. (Alt), to cut the middle part:

Result:

Set the parameter Fill for this layer 68%.

Step 8

Create a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N) and draw an oval selection tool Oval selection area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) (M). Right-click on the selection and select Transform selection (Transform Selection). Rotate the selection as shown in the screenshot:

Without changing the tool, right-click on the selection and select Feather (Feather). Set the feathering value to 20%., Right-click on the selection again and select the item Run Fill and fill the selection with white.

Step 9

Make two copies of the last layer created. (Ctrl + J), resize these copies (Ctrl + T) and place them as shown in the screenshot:

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U), select a triangle shape and draw a triangle.

Decrease the parameter Fill to 0% and add layer style Stroke.

Result:

Add a layer mask and choose a soft round brush in black with an opacity of 15%.

Paint some areas on the mask to hide them.

Step 10

Create a copy of the last layer created. (Ctrl + J), change its size (Ctrl + T) and place as shown in the screenshot. Remove the layer mask from the duplicate.

Step 11

Create a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N) and with a soft round brush of white color with an opacity of 20%, paint a highlight:

Result:

Step 12

Make sure the flare layer is active and hold down the key. Ctrl, Click on the triangle layer that you created earlier to load the selection:

Press key DELETE, to remove the selected area:

Hold key Alt and add a mask to this layer, then choose a soft round brush of white color.

Paint over the areas of the triangle with the selected brush on the mask that should be lighter.

Step 13

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U) and in the list of shapes, select a triangle.

Draw a triangle:

Decrease the parameter Fill to 0% and add layer style Stroke.

Result:

Add a layer mask and choose a soft round brush with black color and 15% opacity. Paint over the mask with the selected brush to hide some parts of the triangle, as shown in the screenshot:

Step 14

Place all layers containing lines in the group (Ctrl + G) and set the opacity for this group to 26%.

Duplicate group (Ctrl + J) and combine it with the original group (CTRL + E). Apply filter Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gussian Blur).

Result:

Add a layer mask and choose a soft round brush with black color:

On the mask, paint over the edges of the lines with a selected brush to hide them:

Step 15

Duplicate the last layer created (Ctrl + J) and remove from the duplicate layer mask. Add a new mask and go over it with a soft round brush of black color to hide the edges of the lines:

Create a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N) and choose a soft round brush in white with an opacity of 15%.

Draw light spots:

Step 16

Create a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N) and choose a soft round brush in white with an opacity of 10%.

Draw a light spot at the top of the document:

Decrease the parameter Fill for this layer up to 32%.

Step 17

With the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) draw a rectangle shape:

Decrease the parameter Fill for this layer to 0% and add layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

AT Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) create a gradient using the colors shown in the screenshot:

Result:

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), to slightly adjust the color of the shape:

Result:

Step 18

Select all layers and merge them into one layer. (CTRL + E). Apply a filter to the resulting layer. Contour sharpness (Filter – Sharpness – Contour sharpness) (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask).

Result:

Step 19

Duplicate the layer merged in the previous step. (Ctrl + J) and apply a duplicate filter Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur).

Result:

Change the blending mode of this layer to Point Light (Pin Light).

Final image:

PSD file

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