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Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1 – Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

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After some thoughts about future articles/tutorials on PSD Vault, I decided to start a new series: Mini PS tutorial. In this series, I will include some very simple Photoshop tutorials designed for Photoshop beginners. The aim of those mini-tutorials are simple: to familiarise you with a variety of Photoshop tools and show you how to combine them to produce great effect for your design.

The effect are mostly abstract, and you can apply them to a wide range of design works you might have, to spice things up :)

In this first volume of Photoshop Mini tutorial series, I will show you the steps I took to create this Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop in just 5 steps. Have a try!

Here is a preview of the final effect we will be creating:

abstract line 2 Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Alternative version:

abstract line Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

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No Stock image is required for this tutorial. This tutorial is best for Photoshop CS2 or +.

Ok let’s get started!

Step 1

Create a new document sized 470px * 330px, fill the background with black color. Create a new layer called “baseline” and grab a big white brush with 0% hardness, do a single-click on this new layer:

1 dot Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Hit Ctrl + T and enable the free tranform tool:

1 ctrl t Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Compress this dot with the free transform tool, make sure you hold the “Alt” key while drag the top edge:

1 drag Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Reduce the layer opacity of this baseline layer to around 60%, you will have the following effect:

1 reduce opacity Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Step 2

Duplicate this baseline layer once. On the duplicated layer, again we use the free-tranform tool to scale it to a smaller size, and position it to the place as shown below:

2 dup Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Grab a smaller soft white brush, and do a few single-clicks along the baseline for some variety:

2 dup centre Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Step 3

Ok let’s make a new brushset. Hit “F5″ and bring up the brush window, apply the following brush presets:

Shape Dynamics

3 shape dyn Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Other dynamics:

3 other dyn Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Make sure to tick the “airbrush”, “smoothing” and “protect texture” settings. Save the brushset if you wish.

Then use the Pen Tool, draw a work path as shown below:

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Hit “Ctrl + Shift + N” and create a new layer called “abstract lines”, right-click and choose “Stroke Path”:

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Make sure you tick the “Simulate Pressure” on the new window:

3 simu Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

and here is the effect you will have:

3 after stroke Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Step 4

On this abstract line layer, apply the following “Motion Blur” settings:

4 mo blur Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Hit “Ctrl + F” and re-apply this blur effect a few more times, and you will have following effect:

4 after mo Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Use the free transform tool to scale it as shown below:

4 resize Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

For variety, we can duplicate this abstract line layer a few more times, and scatter them around the baseline:

4 dupl Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

We can also add some highlights to the abstract line by duplicate the baseline layer a few times, and drag the duplicated layers to the top, resize each of them to smaller sizes and rotate them 90 degree clockwise: (increase the opacity to around 90% for the duplicated layers)

4 highlight Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Step 5

To fine-tune the image, we can add the following adjustment layers to the image:

Curves

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Color Balance

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5 col mid Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

5 col hig Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

Levels

5 levels Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

To add some particle effect around the lines, we can use the smart sharpen filter: (settings shown below, make sure you flatten the layers first)

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and this is the final effect I have for this tutorial:

abstract line 2 Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

You can also experiment different colour scheme, here is an alternative version for this tutorial:

abstract line Mini PS Tutorial Series Vol.1   Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line in Photoshop

That’s it for this beginner-level mini Photoshop tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Until next time, have a great day!