Summary:

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 …

cd-cover-example5.jpg

 

… (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 …

picture


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:
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.