How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Today, I’m going to show you how using brushes and different adjustment layers in Adobe Photoshop CS5 you can create abstract wormhole background. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

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 #1E1B24 color the new background layer.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent many dots of different diameter.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the same 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 60% in Options bar).

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide several made dots.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the recently made layer containing the dots. Then rasterize the copied layer. In this case create a new layer above the made layer and select both layers (hold Ctrl button when select the layers). Finally CTRL+E to Merge Down. Apply on the rasterized layer the next filter: Filter > Blur > Radial blur.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Apply for the same layer the next filter: Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp mask.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Hard Light.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to to paint the background on the top part of the canvas. The brush have #FFB5D9 color (brush Opacity – 40%). The layer must be put under the layer containing the stars’ rays.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Next we have to make a copy of the very first layer containing the dots and the last made layer painted with #FFB5D9 color. Remove the mask of the copied layer of the very first layer with the dots and put together both copies (hold Ctrl button, select them both layers and press CTRL+E to Merge Down). Place this layer under the layer with the rays on it. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the same layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and apply on the mask the next filter: Filter > Render > Clouds.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Next we must make a copy of the rays’ layer. Choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn over the copy’s layer as on the next picture it is shown:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer, set Fill to 50% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Hard Light.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Then we have to create a new layer, select the Soft Round brush of white color.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent a spot on the bottom part of the canvas and in the point containing the rays’ focus.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Now we have to apply Smudge Tool to blur out the spot to get the same result as on the next picture.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer again and select for it the Soft Round brush mentioned in the previous example of white color to paint the indicated zones below.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Select then the same Smudge Tool to get the same result as on the next picture:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background 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 Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the place around the star very accurately.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Hue/Saturation.
Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Hue of the color range.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Color Balance to change the overall mixture of colors. In the Adjustments panel, select Midtones. Select Preserve Luminosity to prevent changing the luminosity values in the image while changing the color. Drag the slider to increase Green and Blue colors also decrease the Red color in the image.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select on it the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the layer with yellow color.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 10% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Color Dodge.

How to create Abstract Wormhole Background in Photoshop CS5

Our Abstract Wormhole Background is finished!

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Download free Layered PSD file.

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