How to create abstract Valentine’s Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create abstract eye catching Valentine’s Day illustration with hearts from scratch using several techniques in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Let’s get started!

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How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

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. Select the background layer in Layers panel and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts 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.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Select the Custom Shape Tool (U)in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Heart at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw the heart shape. Then apply the Convert Point Tool to make the appropriate corrections on the heart’s shape.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Set Opacity to 10% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts 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.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Next we have to make some copies of the last made layer, increasing the Opacity value for each next copy and change the heart sizes with Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Change the Opacity to 15% for the next copy:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Opacity is 10% for the next copy:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

The next copy with Opacity to 10%.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Change the Opacity to 10% for the next copy:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

This way we have to represent several copies as shown (Opacity – 10%).

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

The next copy has Opacity – 20%:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Also we have to represent several copies as shown with Opacity – 20%.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

The next copy needs the Opacity – 30%:

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

One more heart with Opacity – 50%.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

Next copy with Opacity – 70%.

How to create abstract Valentine's Day illustration with hearts in Photoshop CS5

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