Bright abstraction

The lesson is dedicated to the creation of color waves with elements of light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Materials for the lesson:


Create a new file File – New (File – New) size 1920×1200 pix and resolution 72. Select Paint bucket tool (G) (Fill tool), and fill the new document with black.

Select Rectangle Tool (U) (Rectangle tool) and drag it around the entire document as shown below:

For the newly created layer use the following settings, right-click on the layer on the layers panel: Blending Options – Gradient Overlay (Blending Options — Gradient Overlay)

Gradient Settings:

Click at the bottom of the layers palette on the option Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer) – Blackwhite (Black and white)

You can get the best result by grouping all layers, ornament lines and a layer with a Black and White effect (click Ctrl to highlight the corresponding layers and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the layers to the option Create a new group – Create a new group, located at the bottom of the layers palette). Rasterize the group, select it and click CTRL + E. Using the tool Free Transform (CTRL + T) rotate the ornament around the center, place it diagonally.

Using the same Free transform Stretch the ornament diagonally and squeeze:

Switch option Free transform in mode Warp (Deformation).

Create a new layer in which with a simple brush Brush tool (B) (Brush tool) Draw yellow lines:

Press and hold the button Alt and click with the mouse between the layer with the yellow line and the layer with the ornament (in the layers palette), thus you will create a clipping mask for the layer that will remove the extra details that do not fall on the ornament:

Change the layer’s overlay mode to Blending mode – Difference (Blend Mode – Difference)

Make a copy of the previous layer, if the clipping mask is not automatically created, then hold the button again. Alt and click between the previous layer and the created copy:

Change the blending mode: Blending mode – Darken (Blend Mode – Replace with Dark)

Create a new layer and select the same simple brush to draw a green line:

For this layer, also create a clipping mask, right-click on a new layer and select Create clipping mask:

Select the blending mode: Blending mode – Color (Blend Mode – Color)

Create a new layer again and draw a blue line with the brush:

Press the button Alt and click with the mouse between the new layer and the green line layer:

Layer Options: Blending mode – Lighten (Blend Mode – Replace Light)

Make a copy of the last layer and create a clipping mask for it, press the key combination Alt + Ctrl + G:

Apply the following options for the last layer: Blending mode – Color Burn (Blend Mode – Dimming Base)

Next, at the bottom of the layers palette, click on Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or a fill layer) and select Curves (Curves), change the curve as shown below.

Next, we draw several paths that make up the ornament along the contour, for the beginning we will direct them. For this we will choose the tool Pen tool (P) (Pen tool) (Outlines mode), click Esc after you finish drawing the outline to start a new one

Now we will create a new layer and choose a standard color brush. # 498BA5 (Diameter 9, Rigidity 100%). Click on the contour palette, select Direct Selection Tool (A) (Contour selection tool) and select one of the created contours, then change the tool to Pen Tool (P) (Pen tool) and right-click on the selected contour and select Stroke subpath (Run contour stroke), Brush, option Simulate pressing on:

Add a few more contours:

Apply the same parameters for the layer with lines from the contours as shown below: Blending Options – Outer Glow (Overlay settings – Outer Glow)

Blending Options – Color Overlay (Overlay options – Color overlay)

Download from the archive brushes for Adobe Photoshop, called 61Particlesandstars. Next, create a new layer and select the brush from those that just downloaded. Use white color:

Now let’s draw some sparks around the luminous lines:


Author: Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

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