How to create a Chevron pattern background in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a clean and sleek Chevron pattern background in Photoshop using very simple techniques and layer styles. Chevron pattern is something like a zig-zag line pattern, kind of a simplified herringbone. Let’s get started!

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Step 1: New Document

Create a new document with the size 1000 x 1000 with White as the background color.

Step 2: Create a Halftone Pattern

Now go to the menu Filter -> Sketch -> Halftone Pattern.

Use the following settings for Size, Contrast and Pattern Type.

Step 3: Distort using Wave Filter

This one is the key step here, we are going to distort the image to create the Chevron pattern using the Wave filter to the layer by choosing the menu Filter -> Distort -> Wave with the settings as shown below.

This will create a slick and clean chevron pattern in the canvas but upside down. We will take care of that by flipping it vertically in the next step.

Step 4: Flip the canvas vertical

Now we are going to flip the canvas, but before that you have to make the background layer editable, so double click on the layer in the Layers panel and change the layer name to something like “chevron_bg”. Now transform the layer using Edit -> Transform -> Flip Vertical.

Step 5: Layer Styles

Our pattern is almost ready but it just looks flat and old style, so we are going to spice it up by giving some colors and depth using layer styles. First apply a gradient overlay by double-clicking on the layer in the Layers Panel and then choose Gradient overlay with the following settings.

Step 6: Gradient overlay

Now it is time to apply a gradient overlay, create a new layer and name it “gradient overlay”.

Now pick the Gradient tool (G) and choose the Default Foreground to Background gradient from the gradient picker options. Set the Mode to Radial Gradient and check the Reverse option. You can refer to the below image for the settings.

Now apply the gradient in the layer from the exact center point of the canvas towards the down right section of the image. The image will look like below.

Change the layer blending mode of the “gradient overlay” to Overlay.

Finally here is our final image with a great looking chevron pattern background like effect.

You can still play around by changing the gradient colors in the Layer Styles options and get whatever color the background you like.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

How to make abstract colour hole wallpaper in Photoshop

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In today’s tutorial, we are going to create an astonishing wallpaper in Photoshop using simple and effective techniques to resemble something what would be like a black hole in space with beautiful colors. The methods present in this tutorial can be improvised by beginners as well as advanced Photoshop users to create some nice and wonderful abstract shapes and effects as you go on experimenting with the filters provided in Photoshop.

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Step 1: New Document

Create a new document with the size 1280 x 1024 which will be suitable for a nice wallpaper for a medium sized monitor.

Step 2: Background

Fill the background layer with white color.

Step 3: Render Fibre

Now go to the menu Filter -> Render -> Fibers. Leave the default settings for Variance and Strength to 16 and 4 respectively.

Step 4: Apply Radial Blur

This one is the key step here, we are going to apply a radial blur to the layer by choosing the menu Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur with the settings as Amount : 100, Blur Method : Spin and Quality : Good. This will create a nice and subtle ripple like effect when you throw a huge stone in the centre of a pond.

Step 5: Adjust the color hole

Now we are going to give our color hole a little depth and some realistic effects by adjusting the level of the layer. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Levels or press Ctrl + L (Cmd + L for Mac users). Adjust the level settings as given in the below image and press OK.

Step 6: Gradient Overlay

I think we now got a nice and abstract color hole like effect in the image, the center of the image is somewhat little brighter than as usual which is not the case in a color hole effect, we will take care of that later.

Now it is time to apply a gradient overlay, create a new layer and name it “gradient overlay”. Now pick the Gradient tool (G) and choose the Spectrum gradient from the gradient picker options. Set the Mode to Radial Gradient and check the Reverse option. You can refer to the below image for the settings.

Now apply the gradient in the layer from the exact center point of the color hole towards the down right section of the image. The image will look like below. Change the layer blending mode of the “gradient overlay” to Overlay and set the opacity to 50%.

Step 7: Duplicate gradient layer

Duplicate the gradient overlay layer using Layer -> Duplicate Layer or press Ctrl + J (Cmd + J for Mac users). Set the layer blending mode to Multiply and the opacity stays the same as 50%. At this point, you will get a good color hole effect, or you can add some more duplicate layers of the gradient overlay layer and play around with the layer blending effects, opacity and image adjustments to get the effect to the level you want, i will stop here. Ofcourse the center of the image doesn’t look like a hole, we will go after that in the next step.

Step 8: Create the hole

Now duplicate the the image using the menu Image -> Duplicate. The reason why i go for the duplicate copy is that we can save the original work at this point for later modifications so that we can experiment with some filters later on if you want without having to recreate the basic setup again. Now flatten the image using Layer -> Flatten Image and you got all the artwork merged into one single layer.

Create a new layer for the background and name it as “black background” and fill it with black, you can also rename the original background layer something like “color hole”. Place the “black background” layer on the bottom in the layer stack by dragging it down. If you are confused, please refer to the below image.

Add a layer mask to the “color hole” layer using Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal All or you can just simply click the “Add Vector Mask” button in the bottom of the Layers panel. Now take the brush tool with a soft round brush of size 200 pixels and Hardness set to 0% with a opacity of 50%.

Now click only once at the exact center of the image with the selected brush tool to get a nice hole like effect. You can repeat this to three or four times with varying brush sizes from large to small each time at the exact center with the opacity set as 50% for all the brush sizes. I leave this here to you guys to experiment to get nice little and subtle depth to the image.

Finally here is our final image with a good looking color hole like effect.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

Creating a vintage style flyer in Photoshop

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In today’s tutorial, we are going to create a vintage style flyer in Photoshop by adding some of the most basic visual components of retro artworks using filters and distortion techniques and finally polish our design with some old grunge textures…

Final Image Preview

Before you start take a look at the final image you will be creating.

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Create a new document

New document

Open a new document in photoshop of size 800 by 1200 px using the default settings. Set the foreground and background colors to #ad2321 and #fce8ab respectively. Fill the default Background layer with the background color set.

Step 2: Background Texture

Background

Open up the texture3.jpg from the downloaded pack of vintage style textures. Copy the texture and paste it into a new layer and then resize it to fit the canvas. Set the blending mode of the layer to Multiply.

Step 3: Making the Sunburst effect

Halftone settings

Now we are getting into the important part, i.e., making the retro sunburst effect. There are hundreds of techniques available to create that kind of effect. So i have written a post for the same and listed some of the best available methods here. For our tutorial, we are going to create it using the Halftone filter.
Create a new layer.Before that make sure you set the foreground and background colors as mentioned in the first step. Go to Filter->Sketch->Halftone Pattern. Use the following settings:Size = 12, Contrast = 50, PatternType = Line.

Halftone Layer

Step 4: Rotate and Transform

Rotate 90 CW

Now we are going to rotate and transform the halftone layer using Edit->Transform->Rotate 90 CW.

Rotate and Transform

Resize and stretch the layer to fit the canvas.

Resize to Fit

Step 5: Applying Polar Coordinates

Polar Coordinates

Here comes the final part in making the sunburst effect. Now apply a distort effect of Polar Coordinates by Filter->Distort->Polar Coordinates using the option Rectangular to Polar

Rectangular to polar

Step 6: Adding the Text

Adding Text1

Create a new layer and add some text using the color #430a01. The font i have used is Rockwell, there are many retro and vintage style fonts available for free download from sites like DaFont, you can use any of them on your own. Apply the stroke effect for the text using the layer styles dialog with the stroke color as #fef7ca using the following settings.

Stroke Effect

Step 7: Applying textures

Texture1

Open up the file texture1.jpg from the texture pack, copy and paste it into a new layer. Resize it to fit the canvas and apply the blending mode for the layer as Overlay.

Texture4

Similarly, open up the file texture4.jpg from the texture pack, copy and paste it into a new layer. Resize it to fit the canvas and apply the blending mode for the layer as Multiply.

Step 8: Adding the shapes

Adding Shapes

Now you can add some additional text and shapes as per your taste and don’t forget to apply the stroke effect we have applied previously for all the text and your shape layers.

Adding Shapes
Adding Shapes3
Adding Shapes4

Step 9: Making the border

Adding Shapes

Create a new layer called border for the poster border. Select the canvas by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + A or Select->Select All. Now transform the selection using Selection->Transform Selection, decrease the width and height of the selection to 97% and 98% respectively.
Now inverse the selection using Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I or using Select->Inverse. I think now we got the poster border. Please ensure that we are still working on the border layer, if not click on the border layer, and fill with a 50% grey color from the swatches or you can use any color of your choice, it doesn’t matter much, please see to that your border color blends well with the poster.

Conclusion

We’re finished! Grunge textures, typography stroke styles along with a sunburst background are the most common visual elements which make our flyer seems to have some authentic vintage appearance. Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see! You can view the final image below or view a larger version here.

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How to make a stunning typography poster

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In today’s tutorial, we are going to create a stylish and minimal design typography poster for the letter B using some simple texture overlays and photoshop filters to create some stunning looks…

Final Image Preview

Before you start take a look at the final image you will be creating.

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Create a new document

New document

Open a new document in photoshop of size 800 by 1200 px using the default settings.
Generally i assume that we use an A3 document size with a resolution 300 ppi for creating a poster, since this tutorial is only for learning purpose, you can use your own resolution and size aspects.

Step 2: Background

Background

Fill the background layer with black color using Edit->Fill and select Foreground color (Shift + F5). Before that please ensure that the default colors are used by pressing D, this will set the default foreground and background colors to black and white respectively.

Step 3: Add Noise to the background

Add Noise to the background

Add some noise to the background layer using Filter->Noise->Add Noise. Set the amount to 2, choose Gaussian for the distribution and select the Monochromatic option.

Step 4: Render Fiber

Render Fiber

Now we are going to create the letter B. For that create a new layer , we name the layer something like vertical bar for future reference and fill it with black and render some fibers using Filter -> Render ->Fibers using the variance as 16.0 and strength as 4.0

Step 5: Resize the vertical bar

Resize the vertical bar

Then resize the layer using Ctrl/Cmd + T to preferably the size shown above. This will form as the left side of the letter B.

Step 6: Making the bend part

Making the bend part

Duplicate the vertical bar layer and name it as “bend part”. Now rotate the layer to change the bar from the vertical orientation to horizontal, use the Edit->Transform->Warp or by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + T and switch to warp mode.

Making the bend part

Give 100% for the Bend settings and choose “Arc” as the Warp mode.

Step 7: Placing the arc structure

Placing the arc structure

Now resize, rotate and place the arc like structure by the side of the vertical bar to get the upper part of the letter b as shown in the image below. Note that this layer will go below the vertical bar layer. Please ensure that you drag it down in the layers panel below the vertical bar layer.

Step 8: Duplicate the arc structure

Duplicate the arc structure

Duplicate the arc like structure layer using Ctrl/Cmd + J or Layer->Duplicate Layer and place below the upper one so as to give the look of the letter B.

Step 9: Drop shadow

Drop shadow

Now apply some drop shadow settings for the layers comprising the letter ,the vertical bar and the two arc structures using the settings, Distance=10, Spread=30 and Size=10.

Step 10: Add a gradient light

Add a gradient light

Create a new layer called “gradient light” and select the Gradient tool by pressing G, select the default Foreground to Background option and choose Radial for the gradient and make sure you check the Reverse option since we want white as the centre for the gradient. Now drag a small gradient from the centre of the document like the one above.Now change the blending mode of the gradient light layer to Soft Light.

Step 11: Add shadows

Add shadows

Create a new layer called shadows above the gradient light layer and use a soft brush of radius 200 px with 50% opacity and use black as the color. Now paint some spots with the brush here and there over the vertical bar and bend part layers of the letter more specifically over the edges of the letter and at the center. Change the blending mode the shadows layer to Darken.

Step 12: Making the border

Making the border

Create a new layer called border for the poster border. Select the canvas by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + A or Select->Select All. Now transform the selection using Selection->Transform Selection, decrease the width and height of the selection to 97% and 98% respectively.

Creating smooth borders

For creating smooth poster borders, first you have to select the whole canvas and then resize the selection approximately smaller than the original, then smooth the selection and finally inverse the selection and fill it with a border color in a new layer, you can create subtle border looks by adjusting the blending mode of the border layer.

Smooth the selection

Here comes the important part, normally we see posters having some smooth corners around their borders, we are also going to make ours like the same, for that you have to smooth the selection using Select->Modify->Smooth. Give 10 for the radius.

Inverse and fill the selection

Now inverse the selection using Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I or using Select->Inverse. I think now we got the poster border. Please ensure that we are still working on the border layer, if not click on the border layer, and fill with a 50% grey color from the swatches or you can use any color of your choice, it doesn’t matter much, please see to that your border color blends well with the poster.

Step 13: Adding a texture

Adding a texture

Here comes the final part for adding texture to our poster. You can use any texture image of your choice. I am using a grey paper texture. You can download it from here.
Open the texture image and select all using Ctrl/Cmd + A and copy and paste it on our document. Stretch it so that it fills the canvas.
Now change the blending mode of this texture layer to Overlay.

Conclusion

Adding a texture

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see! You can view the final image below or view a larger version here.

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