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Ultima Abstract

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an elegant abstract background that looks truly fantastic. The uses for this type of effect are limitless, however a few suggestions may be a forum signature, or a header/banner background.


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Step # 1
To begin open a new document in photoshop of any size, l'm using a 500x500 document for this example.

Get out the Gradient Fill tool (). Click here to open up the gradient editor window:


And apply the following gradient settings:





Step # 2
Change the gradient mode to "diamond":


And fill the background with your custom gradient, here's what your canvas should look like after preforming this:





Step # 3
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.

Go to "Filter->Sketch->Chrome" and apply the following settings:


Result:





Step # 4
In the layers pallet, change the blending mode of this layer to "Linear Light":


Result:





Step # 5
Press CTRL + E on your keyboard to merge these two layers.

Press CTRL + T on your keyboard to bring up the "free transform" tool and rotate this piece

45 degrees as pictured bellow:


Result:


Press Return to finalize the transformation.





Step # 6
Press CTRL + T on your keyboard to bring up the "free transform" tool again.

Rightclick anywhere on the canvas, and select "Warp":


Adjust the nodes (small squares) to get the shape similar to that shown below:

Press RETURN on your keyboard to finalize the transformation, result:





Step # 7
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Go to "Edit->Transform->Flip

Vertically", result:





Step # 8
Change the blending mode of this layer to "lighten":


Result:





Step # 9
Press CTRL+ E to merge these two layers together.

Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.

Go to "Edit->Transform->Rotate 90 CW", result:



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