Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

August 12th, 2008 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

Today, I’m going to show you how to create colorful abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Final Image Preview

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #2A0900 color the new background layer.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the wavy line as shown.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Set Fill to 24% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to Inner Shadow.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Add Outer Glow:

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Apply Gradient Overlay:
Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next result:
Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the line’s layer and choose Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn the line’s copy horizontally, placing it the same way demonstrated below.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Combine in a group all the wavy line layers (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Make a copy of this group. Turn this copy over, applying the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command and placing it the same way shown below.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B), set Opacity to 50% in Options bar.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Use this brush to draw several highlights of white color on these lines.
Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create another new layer (Create new layer) where we shall apply the same brush to represent several spots on the central part of the picture.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next result:

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, try to stretch out the spot horizontally and turn it over the same way shown next picture.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Use the same method described above to represent a white spot.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the layer containing the white spot and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and change the Blending mode to Normal.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Next we have to choose the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent the primary layer of a DNA molecule to be later.

Create Colorful Abstract DNA background via Custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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  • Jack

    27/08/2009

    You’ve forgotten/skipped some important steps; you should really review this tutorial and fix it.

  • george

    04/09/2009

    i dont get the 2nd step.

    Set the next parameters for the last made layer by making a mouse click on this layer on the layers’ palette.
    Fill 0%
    Blending Options>Inner Shadow

  • Alex

    23/09/2009

    I am also having the same issue as george. I cannot figure out how to apply the effects to the object I just created with the pen.

  • Natalia

    07/10/2009

    I just wanted to tell you that your art work is AMAZING. I was literally struggling trying to figure out how to do a wavy background for my future web site. I learned AP on my own, so I have a lot of gaps to fill in still and I have to be honest I spent quite some time trying to follow your tutorials. However I never gave up and MADE it.

    I am soooo glad I found your tutorials.Thank you for sharing your skills with us!

  • chrissi

    10/10/2009

    Im having the same trouble as alex and george i cannot apply the effects made to the line….i need help please.

  • dexlessin

    22/10/2009

    For people having trouble with step #2, all you have to do, is in the layers pallet, where all the layers are (1 at the moment) u have to unlock it, by double clicking it, and renaming it, then in the same place you now can change options, put fill to 0% and so on. hope that helped

  • Svenn

    04/11/2009

    For those of you struggling with the pentool part. Simply fill the path with some random color..then follow the steps further by setting fill to 0 etc…

  • abby

    14/11/2009

    Amazing effect loved it!

  • salimsalah

    17/11/2009

    this is it. wow

  • Neiri de Fatima

    27/11/2009

    Seu tutorial é maravilhoso, magnífico.
    Sou iniciante, mas sei reconhecer o que é belo.
    Pelos comentários acima nem vou tentar fazê-lo. É muito profissional.
    Continue criando. Você é gênio.

    Parabéns.

  • majid & ebi

    10/12/2009

    you shake me,this is very very interesting.
    bloody nice tutorials.

  • Hakkeem

    07/01/2010

    this is Wonderful i like it

  • hashim

    18/01/2010

    awesome effect……

  • Beautee Paul

    07/02/2010

    Amazing effect. Loved it. Thanx

  • Dwayne

    19/02/2010

    I loved the tutorial.I don’t have the hang of using the pen tool yet so my lines were thicker than yours but I will continue to practice with it.One thing the example had these bubbles as well.How do you do those?Is it in another tutorial?

  • Sasi

    12/03/2010

    Its Amazing ya!

  • Maxxium

    25/03/2010

    my god i dont get this

  • rosa

    09/04/2010

    WOW!!!!!!!! these images are so cool!

  • Jofar

    15/04/2010

    I am a newbie to Photoshop and I was trying to follow your tutorial, which is great.

    I managed to create the wavvy line(s) but I got stuck on the steps after creating the lines. I did follow the other steps but the effects were applied to the shape itself and not the line(s).

    I also tried to fill the path as mentioned but when ever I tried to use the “Paint Bucket Tool”, it fill the entire background (including the original shape/stage). I have tried this a couple of times but have been very unsuccessful.

    Can someone please help me.

  • andrea

    15/04/2010

    this tutorial would be great if the steps were complete! its driving me crazy, and i would love to complete it because it looks really nice. i’m very frustrated :-( would you please repost the tutorials with the exact complete steps? or email them to me? thank you

  • Me

    01/05/2010

    You really need to revise this tutorial -
    Add things like:
    1. When to add a new layer, everytime you add one – Assumption is the mother of all mistakes, so dont assume we know what you are doing when we try and go along step by step.
    2. When to add fill, especially when you deal with your shapes.
    3. Several of the steps you include are not duplicable when using your exact settings, corrections and adjustments had to be made along the way – not minor ones either.
    etc…
    Aside from that, great design!

  • sinju

    22/05/2010

    thank you

  • madu

    17/06/2010

    This is simple and nice one

  • Accounting Teacher

    06/07/2010

    Very beautful effect

  • Strainger

    17/08/2010

    Outstanding, Awesome, Excellent, Beautyful, Amazing, Breath-taking, unbelievable but true….choose yours, but they all count for this tut!

    Thanks man!

  • Anonimus

    01/09/2010

    Nice, this will be my new deesktop background

  • matt

    01/10/2010

    fail

  • Freng

    15/11/2010

    Nice background, the only problem i have in design it is that am using CS4 photoshop package.please i need more explation on how to create the background

  • Robin

    03/01/2011

    Thanks for the tutorial. Looks great. Can’t wait to complete it.

  • haque

    05/02/2011

    Good effect, Bad Tutorial.

  • Anna

    27/02/2011

    Well, it’s a really cool process of doing it but it has a bad tutorial

  • Jack

    03/04/2011

    WTF!? The most important step in filling color into the pen shapes between step 2 and 3 are missing! How do you fill in color between the lines so that the blending options actually do something!? I – for incomplete tutorial.

  • asad

    27/04/2011

    gud but bad. some steps are missing

  • admin

    07/06/2011

    thank you to all readers … tutorial was rewrited and now you can download the free .PSD file for this tutorial

  • saud ansari

    29/06/2011

    PLZ REVIEW THIS TUTORIALS U HAVE NOT GIVEN THE COPMPLTE STEPS FOR THIS PHOTOSHOP TRICKS

  • δονητές

    12/09/2011

    It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Iznogud

    31/12/2011

    Great tutorial! Beautiful pattern! Good work! Thanks!

  • Mike

    25/01/2012

    Hi Guys! those who cannot figure it out how. its kinda confusing but if you analyze it..Im sure you will find it as well. Once you use the pen tool be sure that (on the upper part of your Photoshop menu be sure that on the left side. there is a square shape that is automatically selected once you use your pen or ellipse tool then it will allow you to fill out color.. no need to use paint bucket etc. to fill out. Then you can apply now the inner glow etc.) hope it make sense..I like the tutorial especially the effects thumbs up!

  • Beto

    07/04/2012

    Very nice. I have added a link back from our designers blog. Thanks!

  • Kerin

    24/05/2012

    Nice..!!

  • denmasch

    04/07/2012

    great tutorial..thank you your posting

  • vesela

    16/08/2012

    Very great tutorial

  • minmi

    25/08/2012

    Hello ,

    Too good and very helpful tutorial .. Maide my day !

  • Danni

    11/09/2012

    Awesome tutorial. I learned quite a bit from it. Thank you!

  • Carol

    04/12/2012

    All I was trying to do was follow the bubbles in the tutorial…it seems like something is missing with the highlight I keep trying to get them but they dont turn out right at all.

  • Johny

    06/04/2013

    This is amazing, I should try this soon. Thank’s

  • Margie

    18/07/2013

    Really impressive! I’m going to try this. Are there any changes in CS6? My hint is: use Flame Painter for similar line effect – it saves a lot of time.

  • Parthiban

    25/09/2013

    nice!

  • Tanya

    21/11/2013

    Gi. Great tutorial. But i cannot do those DNA molecules. The inner shadow in the molecule has dark colour if i pick any kind of, its till dark. Can you help me, how to fix this? Thanks :)

  • Tanya

    21/11/2013

    Great, i made it… :D but still thanks :)