Create a Shapely Background using the Pen Tool in Photoshop

    ●   Learn to Connect - the - Dots Using the Pen Tool.

Learn About:

Pen Tool Colors Drop Shadow Effect

  •   This tutorial is often used in the Picture Perfect, Portrait Project, and the Drive Me Wild Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


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 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

radial blur filter

… 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 ~


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.