Create a colorful light effect poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a colorful abstract poster with the effect of antiquity and light special effects. For this we will use textures and adjustment layers.

Note translator: And your remarkable knowledge of the program will also come to the rescue. Photoshop, a clear mind, mood, and the desire to create something such.))

Required materials for the lesson:

Here is a poster that we will do.

Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) and fill the background with dark gray # 191919

Step 2. Make the background darker. To do this, turn on Layer styles (In options) double-click on the background layer and in the opened window select the function Gradient (Gradient Overlay). The screenshot below.

Note: An alternative to these actions may be to create a new adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) with filling it with a black and white radial gradient with 30% transparency

The author prefers to create a gradient in this way, because then, if you wish, you can change it without problems.

Set the foreground color to white and the background color to black. Create a new layer and go to the menu. Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds). Press Ctrl + L to bring up the dialog box. Levels (Levels) and make the image darker. In the Output area, set the slider responsible for Light to around 180. Finally, change the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 60%.

Step 3. Create the first triangle. Choose a tool Polygon (Polygon Tool) and put in the settings window of this tool the number of sides equal to 3 (three). Create a black triangle and using the function Free transformation Ctrl +T (Free Transform) position it as in the screenshot below. When transforming, use the Shift key, it will be easier to set the shape of the triangle.

Retreat: when we create a shape and rotate it by holding the key Shift, then default Photoshop rotates the shape by 45 degrees. In order to put the triangle with the side exactly down, we took advantage of the Free Transformation.

Step 4. Will reduce Fill (Fill) a layer with a triangle to 0% and apply Layer styles (Blending Option). To do this, bring up the style window by double clicking on the layer. We are going to add External glow (Outer Glow) and Gradient (Gradient Overlay). Set the blending mode to Lightening basics Color Dodge, opacity at 80%, color set to white and the size of the glow (size) 80px.

Settings for the gradient: select the gradient Dark Spectrum “Dark Spectrum”

Note translator: if there are no such gradients in your window, then select its out of standard called Spectrums.

You should have something like this.

Step 5. Create a second triangle. Duplicate the first and using Ctr +T transform the resulting triangle by placing it in the middle of the first. With active tool Move (Move) Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to precisely adjust the shape to the location.

Step 6. Apply layer styles to the second triangle. Make it a little darker than the previous one.
Reduce Fill (Fill) layer up to 60%. Double-click on the layer to open the Layer Styles and use the settings from the screenshot below.

You should get something like this

Step 7. Create a third triangle. In the same way as the first triangle, draw a third white triangle smaller than the previous ones and flip it vertically. Set the layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 8. Layer styles for the third triangle. Apply External glow (Outer Glow). Settings below.

We get something like this.

Step 9. Light effects.
Now create a new group and set the blending mode Lightening basics on (Color Dodge).
Create a new layer in the group and make a rectangular selection less or less than the outer triangle. Using a soft, white brush, drag along the top edge of the selection. Deselect Ctrl + D. If the brush is not painted over exactly as needed, then erase the excess Eraser(Eraser)

Duplicate the light effect layer twice and turn these layers at an angle as shown in the screenshot below.

Finally having adjusted the brush, add light particles on the new layer.

Step 10. Use the material with birds, indicated at the beginning of the lesson, on a new layer outside the group, create several birds of different sizes.

Step 11. Create a light on top of a large triangle. Create a new black layer, then go to the menu. Filter-Rend- Blick (Filter -> Render -> Lens Flare) and try to place the light in the upper center of the document.

After, go to menu Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and use a value of 2 pixels. Finally, change the blending mode of the layer to Lightening (Screen).

Step 12. Overlay texture. Download the texture from the link suggested at the beginning of the lesson and move it to our document. Resize the texture according to the document and go to the menu. Image – Correction – Inversion (Image – Adjustment – Invert) or click Ctrl +I. Set the blending mode for the texture. Lightening (Screen).

Step 13. Add a filter Clouds on the biggest triangle. Select this layer, holding down the Ctrl key, double-click on the layer thumbnail, the selection will load. Create a new layer. Next, go to the menu Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds). Set the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) with an opacity of 65%.

Step 14. Add two adjustment layers Gradient Map (Gradient Map)
For the first one there will be such colors: from 290a59 before ff7c00. Set the layer blending mode to Chromaticity (Color) and opacity up to 20%.

For the second layer there will be such settings: from 000000 before Ffffff. Blend mode put this layer Glow (Luminosity). So you can emphasize the contrast of the image.

Step 15. Add an adjustment layer Photo Filter (Photo Filter). Use the settings as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 16. Now we will use the filter Sharpness (Sharpen) to make the image sharper. So we need to create a new layer on top of all the others. Then go to the menu Image – External Channel (Image – Apply Image) and click OK. It remains to add sharpness and we will do it in the menu. Filter-Sharpness-Sharpness (Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen).

Well, we got to the finals. I am sure that you have something very similar to the work of the author!

Full size poster here.

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