This lesson will demonstrate a quick and easy method of creating a truly wild psychedelic background. Such backgrounds are extremely difficult to draw by hand, but there is a trick to doing them in Photoshop.
Step 1. Start with a new empty image file. For this demonstration, this lesson uses a document. 800×800 pixels With a transparent background, but you can use any size and background.
Step 2. Then select the tool Gradient (Gradient) and select one of the colorful gradient patterns. A blue – red – yellow gradient is chosen for the lesson.
Now set the blending mode in the options toolbar. Difference (Difference). This is very important, since the technique of this lesson requires exactly the mode Difference (Difference).
The toolbar options should look like:
Step 3. Now create your first gradient by clicking at a random location in the image and holding the left mouse button, move it in any direction and at any distance.
In this lesson, we placed the gradient on a transparent background from the bottom left corner and stretched to the top right. Here’s what happened:
This is just a basic gradient and it does not look very exciting right now, but this will be fixed soon.
Step 4. Now select another random direction and continue clicking and dragging gradients for different lengths and distances. Mixing method Difference (Difference) will create really wild things. Here is what happens after the five gradients created:
Notice how the effects change between light and dark colors on each new gradient created. Creating such an effect manually would be incredibly time consuming, but we did it in a few seconds using this quick technique.
Step 5. There are a few extra points you can do to get an even more interesting effect. If the colors darken, try using Image> Adjustments>Invert (Image> Adjust> Invert). This will change all the colors, and then you can continue to create gradients to create a more dramatic result.
You can also choose different gradient colors and different gradient patterns, such as a radial gradient.
If you continue to use Image> Adjustments>Invert (Image> Adjust> Invert) and drag the gradients in different directions, then you can achieve this effect:
Interesting? Remember that there is always room for experimentation, and you can start working with any background and color that will create even more changes.