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Create an Abstract Golden Circle with Smoke Brushset in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how you can Create an Abstract Golden Circle with Smoke Brushset in Photoshop. This is a beginner level tutorial and should be quite easy to follow. Have a try :)

Along the way, we focus on introducing the use of custom brushsets and the free transform tool, as well as some selection and masking techniques.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Smoke Brush

Step 1

Create a new document (size doesn’t really matter) with black background. Create a new layer and grab the Elliptical Marquee tool with the following settings:

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Hold down the Shift key, and draw a circle shape as shown below:

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Right-click on the selection and select “Stroke”:
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Stroke the selection with the following settings: (2px with white colour)

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Reduce the opacity of this layer to around 40%, and here is the effect so far:

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Step 2

Now let’s use the smoke brushset to add some textures around the circle. Create a new layer and pick one brush from the set, paint as shown below: (Reduce the brush size to a smaller scale before you paint)

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Use the Warp tool to adjust the shape of the smoke texture as shown below:

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Use a soft eraser to remove the edge of the smoke texture so it fades into the circle:

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If you’re having a hard time with this step, check out this video tutorial I have below:

Duplicate this smoke texture layer a few times and attach each of those layers around the circle:

Hint: Use the free transform tool to rotate each layer and adjust the shapes as you go.

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Merge all these layers of smoke textures together, and duplicate this merged layer a few times. Use the free transform tool to rotate and resize the duplicated layer a few times, in order to add some more effect:

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Create a new layer and paint some smoke texture inside the circle, then reduce the layer opacity to around 20%:

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Add the following levels adjustment layer on top of all previous layers:

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Add the following layer mask on this levels adjustment layer:

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Here is the effect so far: (As you can see, by adding this levels adjustment layer, we increase the contrast and depth of the smoke texture)

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Step 3

Now let’s add some simple light effect on the circle. Create a new layer on top of all the previous layers, and use a soft white brush to do a single click to the position shown below:

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Warp this layer with the warp tool and transform this light dot into a curvy shape as shown below:

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As you can see, now we have some highlight on the circle:

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Duplicate this light layer a few times to enhance this light effect a bit:

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Repeat this process and add some highlights on the top left corner of the circle:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 4

We can add some cloud effect around the circle. To do this, create a new layer and draw a circle selection with the elliptical marquee tool (40px feather), render some cloud with the cloud filter within the selection:

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Hit Ctrl + L and apply the following levels adjustment to this cloud layer:

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Then use the warp tool to warp the cloud as shown below: (this creates some motions around circle)

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and you will have have following effect so far:

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Step 5

OK we’re almost done! For some final retouches, we can add the following extra effect to improve the overall result.

I added some smoke texture on top and bottom of the circle for some extra flowing effect:

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I also added some particle effect around the circle: (For details steps of creating this particle brush, you can check out Step 3 of this tutorial)

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To add some golden colour to the image, I added one Color Balance adjustment layer on top of all layers:

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Lastly we can flatten the image, then apply this Reduce Noise filter settings below: (By doing so we can sharpen the effect, and reduce the colour noise for the circle shape)

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and here is my final effect for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!