How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

In the following Quick Tip tutorial you will learn how to use Custom shapes, Brush Tool, and Gradients in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to create smooth and colorful abstract background. You can use these techniques and elements to create your own fantasy poster! Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1250px by 1550px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background for our poster:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Choose after that the Line Tool (U) and set Weight to 1px in Options bar to draw the next lines of white color.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Triangle at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw the triangle.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Using the same procedure, we have to represent the next triangle, applying the previous tool.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Stroke.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Make two copies of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Triangle Frame at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw the triangle frame.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 16% for this layer.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copy’s sizes, placing it as below:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer containing the triangle’s copy 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 Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the bottom part of the layer.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ll draw the next triangle. Use the Custom Shape Tool (U) to represent first triangle with white color. Press Alt button or select Subtract from shape area (-) from Options bar and draw another triangle to cut the middle part as shown.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 68% for this layer.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and create the next selection using the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M). Make a right click inside the selection and use Transform Selection to rotate the selection as shown.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Make a right click inside the selection and set Feather to 20%, again right click inside the selection and use Fill to fill the selection with white color.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

 

Make two copies of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and place them as below.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Triangle at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it. Click and drag to draw the triangle.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background 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 Stroke.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy 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 (set Opacity to 15% in Options bar).

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the next zones on the layer as shown.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below. Remove the mask on the copy’s layer.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use the Soft Round brush of white color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar) to represent the next highlight.

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Colorful Abstract Fantasy Background in Photoshop CS5

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