Abstract background of geometric shapes in photoshop

In this tutorial, the author will show you how to create an abstract composition of colored geometric shapes. The technique is quite simple and the whole lesson can be completed in less than one hour, although feel free to experiment, create and implement your own ideas. So, let’s begin!
Final image

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1920 pixels by 1200 pixels (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 72 dpi. To add layer styles, click the icon at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open the gradient editor and set the colors as in the screenshot. Click OK to close the editor dialog.

We get this result.

Now we will create a tetrahedron and start with a triangle. Activate the tool Pen (Pen Tool) in figure mode and draw a triangle as in the screenshot below.

We get the following result.

Open the layer style window and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In the settings, open the gradient editor and set the gradient as in the screenshot.

Result at the moment.

Use the tool again. Pen (Pen Tool) in shape mode and draw the next triangle.

Open the layer style window and select a style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In the gradient editor, adjust the specified gradient using the values ​​in the screenshot.

We have this result.

Draw the next triangle with the same tool.

Open the layer style window and select a style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In the gradient editor, adjust the specified gradient, see the values ​​in the screenshot.

That’s what we did.

Next, using the tool Pen(Pen Tool), we will create other tetrahedra.

Open the layer style window and select a style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Adjust the gradient in the editor, the value in the screenshot.

We get this result.

Draw the front face of the triangle.

Also add layer styles Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Adjust the gradient using the values ​​in the screenshot.

Here we get such a tetrahedron.

Using the tool Pen (Pen Tool), create the next tetrahedron.

Open the layer style window and select a style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In the gradient editor, adjust the specified gradient, see the values ​​in the screenshot.

We get the following result.

Draw the front part using the tool Pen(Pen Tool).

Also add layer styles Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Adjust the gradient in the editor using the values ​​in the screenshot below.

Result.

We draw another triangle on this tetrahedron.

Open the layer style window and select a style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In the gradient editor, adjust the specified gradient, see the values ​​in the screenshot.

That’s what we did.

Group all the layers of each tetrahedron by holding down the Ctrl key, selecting them and, while holding the left mouse button down, drag the selected layers onto the group icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Now you need to make many copies of the prepared groups with tetrahedra. Transform some of them with Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)). If necessary, change the gradient directions on the face triangles to change the shadows. To do this in the styles of the layer, change the direction of the gradient to the opposite.

Now we will group all the created tetrahedron groups into one, just selecting all the groups in the layers palette and dragging them to the group icon below or simply press Ctrl + G.

Make a copy of the created group and raster it. Select all the layers in the group and merge them by pressing Ctrl + E. This rasterized layer should be located below the original group with tetrahedrons in the layers palette. Make a copy of the rasterized layer and slide it down a little with Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)).

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 20%.

At the bottom of the layers palette, add a mask to this layer. Choose soft round Brush(Brush) black with Opacity (Opacity) 40%.

Hide the mask elements of several tetrahedrons on the mask, as shown in the screenshot.

Create a new layer and activate the tool. Brush (Brush) with round soft edges.

Using this brush with Opacity (Opacity) 30%, paint several color spots with # EF008D. This layer should be located above the first group with tetrahedra.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 40% and change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge).

Select the layer with tetrahedrons in the layers panel, which is without offset and located under the very first group, hold down the Ctrl key, click on the layer thumbnail to load the selection.

Now make an active layer with color spots and at the bottom of the layers palette, click on the mask adding icon. Thus, we cut off the areas of spots that go beyond the limits of the figures.

Make a copy of the rasterized layer with tetrahedrons, flip it using Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)) and discolor CTRL + SHIFT + U.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 14% and change the blending mode to Subtraction (Subtract).

Remove the created tetra shadows that extend beyond their boundaries using the same method as above, loading the selection layer and adding a mask, thereby cutting off the excess.

Create a new layer and activate the tool. Brush(Brush) with round soft edges. Using this brush with Opacity (Opacity) 30%, paint a lot of color spots with # EF008D.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 20% and change the blending mode to Spot light (Pin Light).

At the bottom of the layers palette, click on the icon for adding adjustment layers and select Curves (Curves). Adjust the curve as in the screenshot.

We get the following result.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this adjustment layer up to 45%.

Add a layer mask, press Ctrl + I to invert the mask color, select a soft round Brush(Brush) white and set Opacity (Opacity) 65%.

Paint on the mask using this brush to hide the effect only where we will present smooth spots on the tetrahedra.

Create a new layer and activate the tool. Brush(Brush) with round soft edges. Using this brush with Opacity (Opacity) 20%, draw yellow spots.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 40% and change the blending mode to Screen (Screen).

Now add a zest. Create a new layer, select soft round. Brush (Brush) white and set Opacity (Opacity) 30%. Draw white specks.

We get the result.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 50% and change the blending mode to Hard mix (Hard Mix).

Make the layer with white spots active, load the selection of the raster layer with tetrahedrons and add a mask to the active layer. Excess white areas will be trimmed.

Add a glow. To do this, create a new layer, use a soft round Brush(Brush) white color, which was mentioned in the previous example, set Opacity (Opacity) 15% and add a glow.

At the last stage we create a new layer and with a soft white round brush we add many dots of different diameters.

We get the final result.

Transfer: Fish

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