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How To Create a Quick & Easy Abstract Background - A Photoshop Tutorial
Tulip With An Abstract Background
An abstract background is ideal for your profile page on hubpages or a facebook cover.
An Easy to Follow Step by step tutorial on how to create an abstract background image
Here is a quick and easy way to create a neat abstract background image in Photoshop.
After a couple of tries, you will find you can create this in just a few minutes!
First we want to start with a blank image.
Click on file, new and insert size A4 (or insert the size in landscape - 11.7 inches x 8.3 inches) in the open window, 300dpi - click ok.
Ensure your foreground colour is set to black and the background colour to white in the tool bar on the LHS of the screen
Click on the gradient tool on the LHS of the screen
In the diagram along the top toolbar, click on the red/green drop down box and click on the top LHS box that says foreground to background colour.
Next we choose the type of gradient
Click on the normal linear gradient this is the next icon on the top toolbar.
Now select the ‘mode’ this is further along the top toolbar, click for the drop down box and select ‘difference’
Click in the bottom LHS of your image (you already have the gradient tool selected) take this visible line up to the top RHS of your document and let go.
Now do the same from the bottom RHS up to the top LHS of your document.
Repeat the last 2 steps
Using the gradient tool
The fun part!
Your chance to go a little crazy! You can now go side to side, up and down, corner to corner - make the line as long or short as you like!
As you continue to do this, you will see you are building up a pattern.
Continue building up a pattern until you see something you like.
Now to liven your pattern up with some colour, go to the foreground colour in the toolbar on the LHS and select red.
Click in the bottom of your image up to the RHS as you were doing before and also from the bottom RHS up to the top LHS corner and your image is looking a lot more interesting in red/blue.
To make the colours even more vivid, select ‘blue’ for the foreground colour and repeat the last two steps.
You can play around with the colour as much as you like to produce your desired effect.
Experimenting with hue/saturation
If you decide that you preferred an image you produced earlier, take the cursor up to ‘edit’ and click on step backward, as many times as necessary.
Your abstract background image can be used at this stage.
Another idea to try!
For a subtle, gentle tone go back to a black and white image.
Click on ‘image’ in the top toolbar then ‘adjustments’ the ‘hue/saturation’
Click on the ‘colorize’ button in the open window, your image changes colour.
Move the hue/saturation and or the lightness slider to produce your desired effect.
To take away the sharp edges, take the cursor up to the top toolbar and select ‘filter’ then ‘blur’ ‘Gaussian blur’ adjust to about 5/6 pixels and click ok.
An abstract background ready to use!
You have now created an abstract background you can use for any image.
I have opened a new image and using the move tool have inserted the tulip image, and given it some shadow. You can find easy instructions on how to create shadow in my hub How to bring digital photo strips to life with easy 3D image effects.
The abstract image opens up all kinds of possibilites - have fun experimenting!