Inspiration is all over the ‘web. Hopefully getting inspired will lead you to a desire to create your own original designs. I’ve decided to start a new series: Mini PS tutorial. In this series, I will include some very simple Photoshop tutorials designed for Photoshop beginners. The aim of those mini-tutorials are simple: to help you become familiar with a variety of Photoshop tools and show you how to combine techniques to produce great effects for your designs. The effects are mostly abstract, and you can apply them to a wide range of designs. Although certain gaffes in Photoshop are common, this design is nearly fool-proof.
In this first volume of Photoshop Mini tutorial series, I will show you the steps I took to create this Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop in just 5 steps. Have a try!
No Stock image is required for this tutorial. This tutorial is best for Photoshop CS2 or +.
Ok let’s get started!
Create a new document sized 470px * 330px, and fill the background with black color. Create a new layer called “baseline” and grab a big white brush with 0% hardness. Single-click the new layer:Hit Ctrl + T to enable the free transform tool:
Compress the dot with the free transform tool, by holding the Alt key while dragging the top edge:
Reduce the layer opacity of this baseline layer to around 60%, you will have the following effect:
Duplicate this baseline layer once. On the duplicated layer, again we use the free-transform tool to scale it to a smaller size, and position the design as shown below:
Grab a smaller soft white brush, single-click along the baseline a few times:
Ok let’s make a new brushset. Hit “F5? and bring up the brush window, apply the following brush presets:
Make sure to tick the “airbrush”, “smoothing” and “protect texture” settings. Save the brushset if you wish.
Then use the Pen Tool, draw a work path as shown below:
Make sure you tick the “Simulate Pressure” on the new window:
The effect should look something like this:
On this abstract line layer, apply the following “Motion Blur” settings:
Hit “Ctrl + F” and re-apply this blur effect a few more times, and you will have following effect:
Use the free transform tool to scale it as shown below:
For variety, we can duplicate this abstract line layer a few more times, and scatter them around the baseline:
We can also add some highlights to the abstract line by duplicating the baseline layer a few times, and dragging the duplicated layers to the top, resizing each of them and rotating them 90 degree clockwise: (increase the opacity to around 90% for the duplicated layers)
To fine-tune the image, we can add the following adjustment layers to the image:
To add some particle effect around the lines, we can use the smart sharpen filter: (settings shown below, make sure you flatten the layers first)
This is the final effect you should achieve with this tutorial:
You can also experiment different color scheme. Here is an alternative version for this tutorial:
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