How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop

April 26th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an abstract colorful background with bokeh effect using Photoshop’s drawing tools, blending modes, and lighting techniques. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4

Inspired from Hexillus by Miniman.

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #010E1F color the new background layer.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
To create a fiber background we’ll download Spiderman Pattern from brusheezy.com. Copy the pattern file and paste it into, C:/Adobe/Photoshop/Presets/Patterns.
Create a new layer and fill it with black color, click to Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Pattern Overlay. Go to Pattern Picker, and additional Spiderman Pattern can be added by loading them from the Picker’s submenu.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon and choose a Soft Round brush of black color from Brush Tool (B)( set the Opacity to 10% in Options bar)

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use Soft Round brush to paint in the mask to hide a little the document’s edges:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select again the Soft Round brush

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use the Soft Round brush to paint the central part of the document with the #003173 color

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply again Soft Round brush to paint more the same part of the picture with the next color – #0F6FBC

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Next pass on Adobe Illustrator program and choose here the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw two ellipses of black color.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select both ellipses and apply here the next option: Object>Blend>Blend Options

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Select the ellipses and press CTRL+C(Copy). Pass on Adobe Photoshop program after that and press CTRL+V (Paste As – Pixels).

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Select for this layer CTRL+I (Inverse)

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set the Blending mode to Soft Light for this layer and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Drop Shadow:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon and choose the Soft Round brush (Opacity 20%) of black color

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use Soft Round brush to paint in the mask to hide the ellipses edges.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select the Airbrush Soft Round brush of white color

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use Airbrush Soft Round brush to draw several small circles by changing the Opacity, Hardness value and the brush’s size

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Outer Glow

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Add Inner Glow

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Create the next new layer and select the Soft Round brush

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Draw a spot of the color #FF00FF (set the Opacity to 10% in Options bar)

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use the same Soft Round brush for a new layer to paint the shown part below with the color #4AC1E4

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select the Airbrush Soft Round brush and white color (Opacity 30%)

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Use the Airbrush Soft Round brush to represent a spot on the central part of the canvas.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Next choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw many shapes as shown.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
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.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next gradient on the shape:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Draw another shape

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style >Gradient Overlay

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Draw another shape:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Represent another shape using Pen Tool (P)

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style>Gradient Overlay

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Draw another shape:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
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.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next gradient on the shape:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Represent another shape:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% in Layers panel, add Layer Style>Gradient Overlay

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Represent another shape on the right part

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
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.

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create abstract colorful background with bokeh effect in Photoshop CS4

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  • Hian Battiston

    26/04/2010

    Great tutorial!
    Thanks!

  • Alex Flueras

    27/04/2010

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  • Rozairo

    27/04/2010

    Nice tute dude, i thinklittle bit glow in middle should make it perfect.

  • Michael

    27/04/2010

    Fantastic Tutorial!

  • abeedo21

    27/04/2010

    cool one
    thanks

  • Suneil

    27/04/2010

    Lovely!

  • xpmsa

    28/04/2010

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  • wiyono

    28/04/2010

    Really nice and great… thank fo rsharing, i love this stuff

  • Dignity

    29/04/2010

    Excelent tutorial! I Will try it now :D

  • The Web Tuts

    30/04/2010

    Tutorial added to The Web Tuts

  • gajendra

    01/05/2010

    Nice Background

  • TomPier

    04/05/2010

    great post as usual!

  • Laura

    12/05/2010

    Fab! Amazing!

  • Manjula

    17/05/2010

    Great very nice background and very helpful tutorial

  • Vinicius

    18/05/2010

    Great Tutorial!!!

    Thanks!!!!

  • ela

    18/05/2010

    oh I cant find Blend>Blend Options> in cs2 ? help me

  • Rohit

    28/05/2010

    Nice Tutorials,
    I am visiting this site first time and I think its very useful and really good collection thanks.

  • kusum

    11/06/2010

    very nice,, very impressive design

  • priya

    03/07/2010

    i am visiting this site first time and i think its very useful..

  • HARRY

    03/07/2010

    nice work

  • deden

    20/07/2010

    amazing tutorials

  • PSnoob

    20/07/2010

    very niceeeee tutorial!!!

  • Simri

    21/07/2010

    Waooooooooooooo….. So great. Love it. Thank’s for sharing.

  • Oviyambalu

    30/07/2010

    Vanakkam
    Sir,
    Useful tips and i have idea to more and more thank you for your class

    Nandri
    Vanakkam

    regards
    oviyambalu
    chennai, tamilnadu

  • K1.MORTEZA

    13/08/2010

    very nice.

  • arshad khalid

    22/08/2010

    very very nice touter

  • bishow

    23/09/2010

    g8t turtoial…….

  • ikhdikh

    24/09/2010

    thanx 4 sharing.. was useful.. good job

  • Santhosh Kumar

    02/11/2010

    I could easily recreate this following all your the steps given in great detail. Thanks for such a wonderful post to get me started into the world of graphic designing!

  • boingonline

    08/11/2010

    take me along time to design :((

  • Chris

    16/11/2010

    Hello Art-D,

    A few designers have brought this tutorial to my attention. This exact design has been lifted from the designer Perfect Hue -> http://perfecthue.com/index.php/project/hexillus/ and we ask that you give some credit for the inspiration/copying.

    Thanks for making a tutorial on the project, appreciate you adding a link back.

  • Chris

    17/11/2010

    Great tutorial, thanks! ;)

  • admin

    17/11/2010

    Chris,

    back link already exists to InterfaceLIFT on top of the tutorial.

  • Vladan

    18/11/2010

    Really great tutorial but it is said that psd file is included, cannot find the link to psd file.

  • khushi

    18/11/2010

    great tutorial..
    thnx a lottttttttttt…

  • TH3 FADO

    08/12/2010

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  • Gemini

    23/12/2010

    What if you don’t have Illustrator?
    is there a way to make that ellipse cicrcle??

  • H68nkr

    30/12/2010

    Awesome tutorial. I have learned some new techniques and tools. It takes a long time to reach a final outcome but it worth it! Nice tip with ‘Layer Mask Hides Effect’. I have never used it before.

    My good advice for beginners is that you need to adjust gradient by holding pressed mouse button on gradient overlay screen. Then you will be able to get effect exactly like on pictures.

    @Gemini: You will find source files with circle.ai included on a bottom of 3rd page.

  • mubea josiah

    10/02/2011

    super cool! A good Photoshop eye opener.

  • Lanash

    23/02/2011

    Awesome….love it….thnx a bunch

  • archana

    03/03/2011

    thanks its nice tutorial…

  • Hussain

    09/03/2011

    Its is very good site and best work and very very very good tutorials

  • tony

    13/03/2011

    How did everybody do the illustrator part, because i could make the circle, but i couldnt get those lines inside the circle?????

  • Ananad

    14/03/2011

    great ya

  • Zia

    02/05/2011

    Nice tuts!

  • jesseleeg

    11/07/2011

    cant get the illustrator part right i have the two shapes solid black but when i blend they stay solid black

  • jesse

    11/07/2011

    so the blending isnt working for me (on the illustrator side) i have almost no experience with illustrator, I found your tutorial searching for photoshop tut’s I love the idea it’s just not working.

  • preeti

    10/10/2011

    Great Work…… Nic Tutorials……

  • yoursurprise-2

    02/12/2011

    Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and everything. Nevertheless think about if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this website could undeniably be one of the greatest in its niche. Very good blog!

  • Shahnewaz

    12/12/2011

    really amazing, keep continue. dont stop…………..gettinh thanx

  • varun

    04/04/2012

    good tutorial

  • Shyam

    17/04/2012

    it really nice for beginners.it is very help full for us thanks dude

  • Bidur Phuyal

    14/07/2012

    Very use full turorial

  • Bassam

    10/10/2012

    its great and wonderful

  • lisa

    13/12/2012

    Wow – this is an amazing tutorial! I would never thought I could do something like this and I’ve learned so much. Thank you.

  • Mandy

    31/01/2013

    these are so so great i love creating abstract backround…the app I use is much easier, I kind of fell in love with it :) it is really addictive, might wanna try, online version here: http://www.escapemotions.com/experiments/flame/index.html#top

  • Valentin

    07/05/2013

    I tried following this tutorial twice but I don’t get the same result on “We’ve got the next effect:” step. It doesn’t mention if we need to create the black layer on top or bottom or if the settings on the Layer Style screenshot should be applied to the second black layer. This is a nice tutorial to do but the steps are not right.

  • Cornelio Gaxiola

    24/05/2013

    This tutorial is missing information. I don’t get the same results. The end result on the site is great.

  • ashok yadav

    16/06/2013

    this tutorils is good i am not missing this tutorials informations but evry minute iam not missing i like is this tutorials thanks for tutorials.

  • hammou zegaou

    27/02/2014

    thx

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