In this tutorial, I will show you how to create beautiful abstract lines that will come in handy for your artwork. This lesson is perfect for novice users.
Here is the final result:
Step 1. Create a new document of 800×800 px, fill the background with black. Create a new layer above the background, press the P key to activate Pen tool (Pen). Create a line, as in the screenshot below:
If you can not draw a curve, do not worry. To do this, hold down the ALT key and pull the end of the curve to edit its shape:
Hit B to activate Brush tool (Brush), choose a brush of 1 px:
In the window Color picker (Color selection) select the desired color:
Activate again Pen tool (Pen) (P), then right-click on the created curve and select Stroke path (Outline stroke):
Choose Brush (Brush) from the drop-down menu, make sure that the option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure) is active, and click OK:
And we get such a beautiful curve:
Step 2. Using the process described above, we create three more lines. Make sure that:
– each line is on a separate layer;
– for the first line, the brush size is 2 px, the second is 3 px, and the third is 4 px;
– reduce the opacity of the layers to 80%, 60% and 40%.
Adjust the arrangement of the lines and get the following result (4 lines on 4 layers):
Step 3. Create a group “Lines” Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group) and move all 4 layers with lines into it. Duplicate the group once and merge the copy of the group into one layer (CTRL + E). Reduce the opacity of the new layer to 70% and move the lines below and to the left to create a depth effect:
We continue to duplicate the layer to create more lines:
Now we need to slightly vary the color lines. To do this, use the adjustment layer Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation) for layers with lines (remember to create a clipping mask CTRL + ALT + G for the adjustment layer).
Choose any color you like:
We continue to add more colors. You can use Free transform (Free Transform) (CTRL + T) to adjust the angle of the lines:
Also adjust the size of the lines:
Step 4. Now add some gray lines. To do this, go Image – Adjustments – Desaturate (Image – Correction – Desaturate) or SHIFT + CTRL + U, to discolor one of the layers:
Blending gray lines along with the rest:
And we get the following result:
Step 5. Almost done. Now we merge the layers with the lines we created into one (CTRL + E), then duplicate them, rotate, change the position:
Add around the lines of abstract points to diversify the work. To do this, set up the brush as shown below (press F5 to bring up the brush parameters window):
Activate options Airbrush (Airbrush), Smoothing (Anti-aliasing) and Protect Texture (Texture protection).
Now, using this brush on a new layer, draw points around the abstract lines:
You can also add small thin lines to make the work look more interesting (use a hard brush of 1 px in size and make light short strokes):
After that, apply a filter to the layer with dots. Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness) (thanks to this, the points became brighter):
You can adjust the color balance or use other colors to create lines.
Here is another version: