common object example

Summary:

Create a Glowing Background in Photoshop

    ●   Modify that image by at least 90% using Blur Filters, Lines and Other Shapes.


Learn About:

Opacity Blending Modes Brush Tool Free Transform Shapes Gaussian Blur Filter

  •   This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild car design project.

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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) …

… go to: Layer > New > Layer

new layer

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +N

cmd key + shift key + n kye

… and hit OK.

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.

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Also, position the background by dragging around.

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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.

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Step #7: Brush Tool ~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

brush tool

… click to open the Brush Preset picker …

… select a Soft Round brush from the menu bar …

… set your Foreground Color to white

foreground-white.png

… and gently brush the inside of the circle with White.

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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.

duplicate the layer

Hit Cmd(⌘)+T and use Free Transform Tool to Rotate the copy and move it around.

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Then go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur … again and blur the swirl a little.

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Step #9: Duplicate the Layer Again ~

Repeat!

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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

.psd

Attach it!


  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   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.