Start by creating a very large document: 3000 px x 2000 px. Draw a rectangle with the tool. Rectangle (figure mode) for the entire size of the pattern, apply Layer Style – Gradient Overlay. Linear gradient. Set the angle of the gradient to 45 degrees (you can vary closer to 60 or 90 degrees depending on your work). Before you start, set the colors: black and dark purple as the base. The waves will be respectively three colors for an additional balance with the base color, in our case, the violet-blue-orange axis.
Deformation (Warp Tool)
Draw lines !!! Many parallel lines (horizontal, vertical, or both!). Group them, duplicate, rasterize the layer, group again, duplicate, rasterize …. and at the end unscramble a bit (Translator’s Note: I used Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filters – Blur – Blur on Gauss)) with a radius of about 1). In this example, I used white as the base color for the lines themselves (white is simple, it is easy to balance other colors with it and add luminosity and other layer styles):
After you have drawn all the groups of lines both in width and height, time for a little magic: randomly distort the shape with Edit – Transformation – Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp):
The only thing you will probably notice is the number of confusing structural lines crossing the shape; Your first attempts will be full of trial and error, but after you get used to this amazing tool and learn how to create the necessary forms. Do not worry, if you fail to create the desired form quickly, it will be easier when you create about 5 forms seen on templates or invented by you.
When done, remember to press the ENTER key, or click on the Apply Warp button (apply a curvature) at the top. If your computer is powerful enough and can handle all operations, your work will look something like this:
Do not forget to use the tool Erase Tool (Eraser) to remove sharp edges and give the wave a more realistic look. Explore other combinations of shapes, lines and textures – they will improve your work.
If you have made a small form, I do not recommend that you increase the size or deform again. The Warp tool (warp) is not very suitable for this, since you will be working with rasterized shapes, and not with smart objects or vector shapes. To avoid this, I recommend that you go the opposite way – start with a very large area and a large figure, and then reduce it. The best results are easier to distort.
Glow, clarification, multiplication (Glow, screen, multiply) and other effects.
When you create a great shape, you will need to add your soul, I mean, layer styles. Open the layer style panel again and apply Gradient overlap (Gradient Overlay) and External glow (Outer Glow) and add blending mode – Screen (lightening) (Screen) or blending (Overlay). Small hint: use bright rich colors for glow, such as yellow, cyan (blue-green), pink or blue, choose a color that will contrast with the dark gradient we made at the beginning.
To achieve the Saturation effect, I used a gradient fill (yellow to gold), plus the following Exterior glow style with the following configuration:
Polishing brush (Brush polishing)
Relive your drawing. Add some scattered round dots to simulate speed and movement. AT brush panels (Window> Brushes (Window> Brushes), or F5), change the size (size), scattering (disappearing (fade)), spaces (spacing), and pressing (pressure)):
Large dots, set up in the same way as the small ones, except for the size (size) and spacing. A little randomness is welcome, work will be more exciting!
The selection of the “range” in this step is very important – it will give our luminous points an effect, as if they were vibrating strongly:
Have you got uneven blurry edges? Do not worry. Use Blur Tool (blur) to fix.
Be creative and fearless to make a complete mess with the form – in my experience, the more unusual the better. Compare sample and result. Make as many layers as your computer’s memory can handle. Sometimes you will not be able to merge layers, due to the effects and styles that have been applied. Also use layer blending and opacity to give your body a translucent look.
Our final result:
Now you know how really easy it is to get waves flowing through infinity of color. I hope this lesson helped you!
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