Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

In today’s drawing tutorial, you will learn how to create abstract colorful illustration using simple tools and techniques like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool, Gradient Tool, Layer Style, etc. in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Taking inspiration from Andrew Footit and his LightSpeed poster.

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 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 #23123F color the new background layer.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Take now the Ellipse Tool (U) and drag to draw a small ellipse on the top of the canvas.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Add Gradient Overlay.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

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 Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next effect on the ellipse:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Make now many copies of the drawn ellipse (Duplicate layer) and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and their position on the canvas.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of one layer with the ellipse on it, select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command and change the copy’s size and its position on the canvas as shown.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer above the last made one, select both layer and press CTRL+E to Merge Down. On the rasterized layer we’ll apply the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Make one more copy of the ellipse’s layer and choose Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to enlarge the copy’s layer and place it as it is shown below.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We need to rasterize the layer with the circle the same way described above (Create a new layer above the last made one, select both layer and press CTRL+E to Merge Down). Apply on the rasterized layer the next next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the layers composing the ellipses (press CTRL button and select the necessary layers on the Layers panel. Then hold on the left mouse’s button while draging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel.

Use again the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a small ellipse under the made group already.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

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 Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Make many copies of the last made layer containing the ellipse and choose Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and their placement as shown.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Combine again in a group all the layers containing the last made ellipses (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button when draging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel).

We have to draw now the next ellipse between the groups, using the Ellipse Tool (U).

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

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 Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Make many copies of the last made ellipse’s layer and choose Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and their placement, placing them as it is indicated below:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Let’s represent now the next ellipse, placing its layer above all the previous ones, using the same Ellipse Tool (U).

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

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 Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5

 

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