Create a Shapely Background using the Pen Tool in Photoshop
● Learn to Connect - the - Dots Using the Pen Tool.
✓ Pen Tool ✓ Colors ✓ Drop Shadow Effect
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Step #1: Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … make a New Layer, drag it to the bottom, and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Background Color ~
✗ Choose a color from your selection with the Eyedropper Tool…
✗ … and pick two - one foreground and and background.
Step #3: Background Color ~
✗ You may already have a background color …
✗ …but if not, get the Paint Bucket Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (g) and fill the new layer it with a color or hit the keyboard shortcut Alt+Backspace.
Step #4: Pen Tool ~
✗ Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✗ … create a triangle shape.
✗ Continue making pointy triangle shapes all around the focal point of your composition.
Step #5: Make Selection and Fill ~
✗ Right-Click your shapes and hit "Make Selection" …
✗ … and fill them with another color from your swatches.
Step #6: Radial Blur ~
✗ Go to: Filter » Blur » Radial Blur …
✗ … set to: Zoom, Quality: Best, adjust the Amount and change the Blur Center.
✗ Adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around - thats's the most important part …
✗ Experiment with the settings until you get a look you like …
Step #7: Cmd(⌘)+F ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F to repeat the filter …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.