How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

March 17th, 2011 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

In today’s tutorial, we will combine basic colours, shapes and brushes to create eye catching kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Inspired from Psychedelic Crystalls by Filipp Ryabchikov.

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

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Now we shall create an kaleidoscope pattern by selecting firstly the Rectangle Tool (U) and represent a square of white color. Then choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn the element over on 90 degrees.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster 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 Drop Shadow.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Add Inner Shadow:

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the layer edges the same way as on the picture.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Set Opacity to 30% for this layer in Layers panel.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy as on the next picture it is shown:

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Make another copy of the rhombus’s layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy as on the picture it is demonstrated. Set Opacity to 100% for this layer and change the Fill to 19% in Layers panel. Remove also the Drop Shadow style.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the earlier made rhombus’s layer and put it above all the layers using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command. Set Opacity to 100% for this layer and change the Fill to 54% in Layers panel.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the earlier made kaleidoscope elements (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). Select the group in Layers panel and press Ctrl+E to Merge Down into a single layer all group layers. Make copies of the rasterized layer, placing the copies in a line.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

We’ll compose the next row, but this time with a little displacement.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

This way we have to fill with the kaleidoscope elements the entire canvas.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the layers containing the kaleidoscope pattern (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).

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 30% in Options bar).

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the canvas edges.

How to create abstract kaleidoscope poster in Photoshop CS5

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  • Balloon

    17/03/2011

    Great tutorial. This would make a great website background as well.

  • Evans

    21/03/2011

    “Brilliant!” is the word, great tutorial it will surely come in handy thanks!

  • shoot

    21/03/2011

    wow…. its wonderfull… thanks for the tutorial and psd file :)

  • DeMoN

    22/03/2011

    Amazing! Thanks for this tutorial!

  • Lee Fuller

    25/03/2011

    the effect is brilliant.. thanks for the tutorial..

  • babs

    09/04/2011

    it’s pretty, but it’s not really a kaleidoscope image, is it?

  • Dan

    17/04/2011

    Thank you so much! I will use this for a project of mine!

  • Andy Lau

    26/04/2011

    It’s easy but amazing~Good~

  • Jack

    02/05/2011

    How did you add the color in the PSD?

  • Mikari

    05/05/2011

    I’m wondering about the same thing as Jack… How do you add the colours to it ?

  • Brett Widmann

    13/05/2011

    This was a really fun tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jay

    02/06/2011

    This tutorial is really awesome. The final product made me think that this would involve some very difficult steps, but it is an easy and effective way to make a great looking background.

  • Moksha

    04/06/2011

    cool way to make nice abstract effect.

    thanks for tutorial

  • afmrp

    06/06/2011

    I have a question, what size have to be the square ?

    Thank you !

  • jhumar

    11/06/2011

    i’ve got a question… it says here that “using CS5″
    is there other way how to make this on older versions or we can make these stuff with the old ones????

  • admin

    12/06/2011

    @jhumar

    you can make these stuff with the old versions of Photoshop

  • Cathy

    01/07/2011

    How to apply the color ? Please tell us so it may be very helpful for various projects

  • Sanjiv

    11/10/2011

    Superb. inspiring.

  • Pandian

    12/12/2011

    It’s easy but amazing~Got output~

  • Igor

    18/05/2012

    Hi! I have a small problem when i make the Square and do the shadow and the inner shadow I just have a small white line on the bottom of my square what am I doing wrong?

  • james

    21/12/2012

    Great design but I got lost after the second step

    Can you help me please

    thanks

  • Tony

    12/01/2013

    magnificent put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.
    You must proceed your writing. I’m sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  • Anuraag

    22/05/2013

    Nice tutorial. Just love that background which you have made. Kudos

  • Jayjay

    27/07/2013

    Awesome tut

  • Jayjay

    27/07/2013

    nice tut