Filters & Backgrounds in Photoshop
● This tutorial is designed to make backgrounds that direct the viewers eye toward the focus of your composition.
✓ Filters ✓ Hue/Saturation ✓ Color Balance
✓ Wave Filter ✓ Lighting Effects✓ Polar Coordinates Filter
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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: Default Colors ~
✗ Hit the letter 'd' on the keyboard or click the default icon 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
✗ 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.