In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstract laser effect with a stone texture and clouds.
In this lesson, no stock images are used. The stone texture, which you can see in the final image, can be downloaded here.
Step 1. Create a new document of any size with a black background. Let’s start by creating a special brush: take a 45-pixel soft brush from the standard Photoshop set:
Then press the F5 key to open the brush options, and set the following settings:
Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form)
Other Dynamics (Other Dynamics)
And activate the option Smoothing (Smoothing).
Save this brush, create a new layer and check it. This should be the result:
Step 2. Now turn these abstract circles into a laser beam. Move on Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion) and apply a blur to the drawn points:
And we get the following result:
Then press Ctrl + F to apply the filter two more times:
Via Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) slightly compress the band:
Then duplicate (Ctrl + J) the layer with the laser beam 5 times and merge all the copies together (Ctrl + E), we get the following result:
Duplicate (Ctrl + J) this layer several times, rotate and place copies on the canvas, as shown below:
On each copy of the laser layer, use a soft eraser (E) (50% pressure and opacity) to remove some areas of the rays:
Step 3. Let’s add some light effects. Take a soft white brush (B) and draw three points, as shown below:
Tip: For giving depth to the image, we use three different sizes of a brush, for the smallest set the highest opacity, and for the largest accordingly the lowest.
Create a new layer, draw a small white dot with a soft brush (B) and use Edit – Transform – Warp (Editing – Transformation – Deformation), as shown below:
After the deformation, we need to get this figure:
Duplicate this layer several times and place copies around the center light:
Step 4. Now we can add a bit of a blur effect to the rays. To do this, you can repeat step 2 (but without pressing Ctrl + F to reapply the filter):
Make several copies of the layer (Ctrl + J) with a blurry effect and attach them to the beams:
Tip: You can adjust the opacity of each duplicated layer to give more depth.
Create a new layer and, using the brush created in step 1, draw the particles around the laser beams:
Step 5. We’re almost done Now we’ll add particles to the rays with a 1px hard brush:
And draw a soft light in the lower area of the canvas using soft white brushes (AT):
You can also add additional light points in the center using soft white. brushes (AT):
Additionally, you can add the texture of the earth, cracks and clouds that you downloaded at the beginning of the lesson:
Step 6. In the final step, we will merge all the layers together and duplicate the resulting result, then apply the filter Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise (Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise) to the duplicated layer, to slightly increase the sharpness:
I decided to add a fiery gold tint using two adjustment layers:
Selective color (Selective color correction)
Color balance (Color balance)
And here is the final result of this lesson: