Wallpaper – luminescent lines

In this lesson we will draw thin smooth lines that will create the effect of emitting light. This technique is quite simple and is a great way to create wallpapers for your desktop, or backgrounds for other pictures.

This lesson will open for you to work with a brush, as well as you will learn how to create a brush and use it effectively, combining it with various interesting layer styles.

So, here are the wallpapers we will do in this lesson.

Step 1

Start by creating a new document in Photoshop. This tutorial uses the size of the wallpaper on your desktop: 1024 x 768 pixels (px) and resolution (dpi) 72

Using Paint bucket tool (Fill) or press G, fill the layer’s background with black, or alternatively, you can use a gradient.

Call Brush tool (Brush) or B and then change the settings: the size = 1 pix. and rigidity 0%. Now create a new layer and select Pen tool (Feather) or P.

Make sure that the setting is “contour mode” , and then start drawing our curve. I advise you to start on the left, and then when moving to the right, you will need about 4 points to create a curve, as shown in the figure below.

You can adjust the curve of the curve by adding additional points of support on the curve. When you press Esc the curve will be complete.

Now click the right mouse button on the work path – select the command Perform a stroke (stroke path), make sure that there is a tick opposite Simulate pressure (simulate pressure), OK.

* Who does not know how to work with the Pen, see the lessons about the Pen in the section “Description of the tools”, the article will also help you. We draw along the contour (Note of the translator)

Step 2

Now holding down the Ctrl key click on the layer with our line and create a selection around it.

Create a brush from the line, open it. Edit =>Define Brush Preset (Edit => Define Brush) and save as a new brush. Hide the layer with the line (by clicking on the eye near the layer in the layers panel). Choose Brush tool (Brush) and open the properties of the brush Window => Brushes (Window => Brushes). Select the brush we created and set the properties as shown in the picture below.

Dynamics of the form: Angle oscillation 4%, Control – Pen pressure, Form oscillation 4%, Minimum shape 25%, and tick the Display X and Y oscillations.
Scattering: Dispersion 10%, put a tick in both axes, Management – Pen pressure, Counter – 1, Counter oscillations 100%.

Step 3

Create a new layer for our lines. Now use the created brush to draw the lines like in the image below. To do this, start to paint with a brush from left to right, until we get a similar image. Note that each line is slightly different, because we changed the brush settings.

Step four

Now we will add a glow to our lines, to do this, right-click on the layer and in the layers panel select Blending Options. Use the settings as shown below for the shadow and ambient light. Note that when using the layer style – the shadow we create a glowing effect, this is because, in the blend mode for this effect, we specified Normal.

Step five

Right-click on the layer, select the duplicate layer, and create a copy of the layer. Now we go back in Blending Options (The parameters of the overlay) and the only thing we change here is the external glow, and there is a gradient. As you can see, the gradient of the rainbow with transparent edges was used on the previous layer, but now we’ll select the usual rainbow.

Step 6

Using the Eraser, you can soften the tips of the lines; if you are satisfied with the result, you can skip this step.

Step 7

In this step, add a few beads on the line. Apply the same technique as described above, starting from step 3 to 5. Only use a standard round brush with dimensions of 2 or 3 pixels.

Step 8

Create a new layer and select a large soft brush. Changing the basic color palette to different bright colors, create a few brush strokes, as shown in the figure below.

Step 9

Then, open Filter => Blur => Gaussian blur (Filter => Blur => Gaussian Blur), use a radius value of about 100 pixels. After that change Blend Mode (Blend Mode) on Color (Chromaticity). I also advise you to change Opacity (opacity) of this layer on 50%.


The main thing is to master the technique described in this lesson. And then – your imagination will tell you how to create your own unique and original wallpaper for your desktop. Good luck!

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