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!