Filters & Backgrounds in Photoshop

    ●  This tutorial is designed to make backgrounds that direct the viewers eye toward the focus of your composition.

Learn About:

Filters Hue/Saturation Color Balance
Wave Filter Lighting EffectsPolar Coordinates Filter

  •   It can be used in the Shoe Repair, Drive Me Wild, and Photoshop Portrait Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are 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 your other layers.


Step #2: Default Colors ~

Hit the letter 'd' on the keyboard or click the default icon Default colors button to reset the default colors to Black & White on the Color Palette.

Step #3: Filter > Render > Clouds ~

Go to: Filter > Render > Clouds.

Step #4: Pixilated Filters ~

Now go to: Filter > Pixilated > Mosaic. Set Cell Size to whatever looks good …

Step #5: Motion Blur Filter ~

Now go to: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

Step #6: Polar Coordinates ~

Now go to: Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates select Rectangular to Polar.

Step #7: Radial Blur Filter ~

Now go to: Filter » Blur » Radial Blur

… set to: Zoom, Quality: Best, adjust the Amount and change the Blur Center.

Remember: You can adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around -

thats's the most important part …

Step #8: Color ~

Go to: Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation or hit the keybord shortcut Cmd (⌘) +U.

Step #9: Lens Flare ~

Next, go to: Filter > Render > Lens Flare




Position the lens anywhere you like - experiment with the settings!


Experiment with the settings until you get a look you like …


Last Step: Save & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

save as .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.