Aurora Borealis – North-South Polar Lights

August 25th, 2008 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

Learn in this tutorial how to make a nice looking aurora borealis.

For the beginning let’s create a new file (File>New) of 1600×1200 px and 72 dpi. Using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), fill the new file with black color.

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Next we need to select the Gradients Tool (G) and fill the new file from its top to the bottom with a transparent gradient.

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Choose on the top panel the same option, demonstrated below:

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

After that enter the filters’ palette Filter>Distort>Wave… and set the next indicated parameters:

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

We’ll get the next result…

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to stretch out the rectangle on the whole canvas. Next select on this layer Blending Options>Gradient Overlay, by making a click on this layer on the layer’s palette and choose the appropriate selections.

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Gradient Editor are also indicated there.

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

You need to get the same thing from below:

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

On the same layer we must set the next shown option, chosen out of the layers’ palette.

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

On this stage, we have to press Alt button while making a mouse click between the gradient’s layers and the layer containing the rays. In this case the layers should be put over.
After that, mark out both layers on the layers’ palette and press Ctrl+E to Merge Down.
Then make a copy of the new layer we’ve got (Ctrl+J) and stretch out the copy up to the lowest edge of the canvas, applying the Free Transform option.
This option may be selected, by pressing Ctrl+T.
Set the Blending mode-Screen for the stretched copy on the layers’ palette

Create Aurora Borealis - North South Polar Lights Wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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  • Smashing Themes

    18/08/2009

    This is exactly the tutorial I was searching for, thanks a lot man.

  • spr0sse

    22/08/2009

    omg…the result looks brilliant!
    thank you so much for sharing!

  • Vikas Kadam

    28/08/2009

    I want the tutorial cds or books where can i get it

  • Benyamin

    21/10/2009

    why the scrren wont work? from what i know from PS screen wont work on white or did i do something wrong

  • Jules.p

    12/11/2009

    For me, the Screen doesn’t work, i don’t know if it’s me but it’s really frustrated.

    Anyway, amazing result! Good job!

  • Jules.p

    12/11/2009

    I mean “frustrating”, sorry…

  • vistor

    18/11/2009

    the screen doesnt work

  • Vicky

    29/01/2010

    I do not get the last bit at all. I’m a bit confused.

  • Bdube30

    08/02/2010

    for the gradient, dont use the gradient overlay option, take the gradient tool, and on a new layer, make your gradient, and put the layer in screen mode.

    With this way to do, i sucess to finish the tutorial.

  • SOS

    28/03/2010

    i can’t get the black background which same like the tutorial even i use the gradient tool. now my background color is white. anyone help

  • henry

    29/03/2010

    for me screen doesntw work..better try mutliply
    but any thax for sharing.. it help me alot

  • Raul

    13/04/2010

    worked for me thanks :)

  • haylwey

    29/04/2010

    this tutorial sucks

  • ieueiouseiouesq

    02/05/2010

    This was awesome, thanks.

  • miriam

    25/05/2010

    don’t do gradient filter just do regular gradient on top layer, don’t merge and do overlay on top layer works a charm
    thanks for the tutorial brill

  • Rusiru

    09/06/2010

    hi sum place i cant understand but its very good disign

    ( Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to stretch out the rectangle on the whole canvas. Next select on this layer Blending Options>Gradient Overlay, by making a click on this layer on the layer’s palette and choose the appropriate selections.)

    this one i cant understand

  • Rainbow Guy

    02/11/2010

    I recommend using “Color” layer style for the final color gradient layer when using more vibrant colors. :3

  • Rainbow Guy

    02/11/2010

    Or Linear\Color burn* layer styles.

  • Rob

    10/04/2012

    doesn’t get this step right:
    “On this stage, we have to press Alt button while making a mouse click between the gradient’s layers and the layer containing the rays. In this case the layers should be put over.
    After that, mark out both layers on the layers’ palette and press Ctrl+E to Merge Down.
    Then make a copy of the new layer we’ve got (Ctrl+J) and stretch out the copy up to the lowest edge of the canvas, applying the Free Transform option.
    This option may be selected, by pressing Ctrl+T.
    Set the Blending mode-Screen for the stretched copy on the layers’ palette”

    Got mac. Any help someone? =)

  • Gwen

    16/09/2012

    I agree with Rob. What the heck are we supposed to do here? Also nowhere does it way how many layers we should have at that point. I did the gradient and the wave on the same layer as the black because he never says to make a new layer. I wish he would have show his layers so we could know what we are expected to have at this step.

  • Gwen

    16/09/2012

    what does he mean – In this case the layers should be put over.-?
    I pressed Alt between the layers and it made a clipping mask, but did not change the look of the image all i can see is the gradient.

    And – After that, mark out both layers on the layers’ palette and press Ctrl+E to Merge Down. – What dose he mean Mark out? When I merge them all I get is the gradient. This just doesn’t seem to work right maybe there is a step missing?

  • Brandi

    10/02/2013

    I agree w/ Gwen. I’m confused also.

  • Dylan

    22/02/2013

    Thanks a lot for this Tutorial..cool result

  • Brandon Sanders

    25/03/2013

    I could not find the gradient overlay option, can anyone help me?

  • Petra

    19/06/2013

    It doesn’t work with the screen for me.
    It does work when I start with the black background. Then make a new layer and make a white-transparant gradient. Use the wave fiter on the white-transparent gradient to get the striped effect.
    Then on that layer go to gradient overlay in the layerpalette and give it the auroracolor gradient.
    There is no need for screen or another blending mode in this case.

  • RHJ

    03/07/2013

    What I did for the last step was place the pattern over the background and used the “Multiply” option not screen.