Create colorful disco lines in Photoshop

This simple tutorial will show you how to create colorful lines that look almost professional using Photoshop and brushes. Blend Modes (Blending Modes). This was a find for me when I experimented on an arbitrary theme in Photoshop.


Create a 800×600 px document. Tool Pencil tool (Pencil) 1 px in size, draw a vertical straight line. Use Eraser tool (Eraser) 150 px, erase the ends of the vertical line on both sides. You should have something like the one below:

Create a selection around the vertical line. Go to the menu Edit> Define Brush Preset (Edit> Define Brush). Set a name for the new brush at your discretion.

Choose a tool Brush tool (Brush) and open Brush Palette (palette of brushes). Tick ​​off Shape Dynamics (form dynamics) and set the following settings:

Activate Scattering and apply the following settings:

Fill the background of the document with black. Choose a tool Brush tool (Brush), For the foreground color, select white and select the brush we created earlier. Hold the left mouse button and drag along the entire document. You have neat vertical lines, as you see here:

Create adjustment layer (adjustment layer) Gradient Fill (gradient fill) under a layer with vertical lines. Apply the gradient as shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new layer and repeat the step with the brush to add more vertical lines. Install Blend Mode (Blend Mode) for these two layers with vertical lines on Overlay.

Create a new layer above the vertical lines. This time, select black as the foreground color. Draw black vertical lines along the document. Change Blend Mode (Blend Mode) on Soft Light (Soft Light).

Create a new layer and draw a thick band. Rename this layer to Faded Black Bar (Dim Black Bar).

Click on Quick Mask Mode. Choose a tool Gradient tool (Gradient) from black to white. Apply a gradient from top to bottom. You will have a bright red color, as shown below:

Log out Quick Mask Modeand press the Delete (Del) key on your keyboard. You got a beautiful dull black stripe.

Repeat the previous steps to make some more dim black bars throughout the document.

Create a new layer and rename it to the floor. Create a black horizontal bar. Using the tool Eraser tool (Eraser) about 150 px, erase the right, left and bottom of the horizontal bar.

Write the word in your choice with your favorite font. I used below the font Helvetica. Convert the text into raster format (rasterize), go to the menu Edit> Transform> Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective). Transform the text so that it narrows on the left side.

Right click on the text and select Blending Options. Apply a gradient with the settings shown below.

Duplicate the text layer. Move the lower copy 1 px to the right. Repeat these steps 6 times and merge all the layers. Rename the merged layer to Extrude.

Right-click on the layer in Extrude and select Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow (Outer Glow) and Gradient (Gradient). Enter the settings shown below.

Download the glow brushes here. Create a new layer under the text layer and name it Abstract Glow. Set the foreground color to white and paint it with abstract glowing lines. Install Blend Mode (Blend Mode) on Overlay.

Duplicate and merge vertical lines and gradient. Rename the resulting merged layer to Reflection. Move this layer over the text layer. Go to menu Edit> Transform> Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective) and transform it so that it is shorter on the left side.

Press Ctrll + with the left mouse button on the text layer to load a selection around it. Select the Reflection layer and click the button. Create a New Layer Mask.

Make a copy of the text layer and name it and name it Outlines. Press Ctrll + with the left mouse button on the text layer to load the selection, go to the menu Select> Modify> Contract (Select> Modify> Compress). Set the compression level to 1px and press Delete. Go to menu Filter> Blur> Blur (Filter> Blur> Blur). Move this contour from its original position.

Repeat this step to create some more contours.

Create Adjustment Layer Levels and set the settings to 4, 0.83, 255. And we are done! Hope this tutorial is good for you. Thank!

Author: Johnson Koh

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