Create a Glowing Background in Photoshop
● Modify that image by at least 90% using Blur Filters, Lines and Other Shapes.
✓ Opacity ✓ Blending Modes ✓ Brush Tool✓ Free Transform Shapes ✓ Gaussian Blur Filter
• This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild car design project.
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) …
✗ … go to: Layer > New > Layer …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +N …
✗ … and hit OK.
Step #2: Drag to the Bottom ~
✗ Drag the New Layer to the bottom.
✗ IF you already have a background, put the new layer ABOVE your background layer.
Step #3: Sunset ~
✗ Go on Google and copy a picture of a sunset, an ocean, anything you find with a lot of deep colors that match your color scheme …
✗ … and hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd(⌘)+V to paste the image on the new layer.
Step #4: Blur ~
✗ Go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur …
✗ … and adjust the blur level to your liking.
Step #5: Image Size ~
✗ If necessary, Zoom Out a little, and hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T to enlarge the picture and adjust the focal point to your liking.
✗ Also, position the background by dragging around.
Step #6: Marquee Tool ~
✗ Create another New Layer and select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (m) which is behind the Rectangle Tool.
✗ Draw a circular area in the new layer.
Step #7: Brush Tool ~
✗ Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
✗ … click to open the Brush Preset picker …
✗ … select a Soft Round brush from the menu bar …
✗ … set your Foreground Color to white …
✗ … and gently brush the inside of the circle with White.
✗ Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
Step #8: Duplicate the Layer ~
✗ Right-Click the layer and duplicate it.
✗ Hit Cmd(⌘)+T and use Free Transform Tool to Rotate the copy and move it around.
✗ Then go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur … again and blur the swirl a little.
Step #9: Duplicate the Layer Again ~
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save the image as a .psd file - 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.