5 Minutes To Create Your Own Abstract Background In Photoshop


After my last tutorial about horror or spooky text effect, finally this time I can bring to you this new one. This new  Photoshop tutorial will teach you the quick and easy way to create your own abstract background in Photoshop. It’s just need five minutes of your time to create this one. You can use the end result of this tutorial for your brochure or flyer backgrounds, artworks, music covers or anything as you needs.

Let’s begin!

Make a new document and set the size of it 18 X 13 cm, resolution 300 pixel/inch. You can set or fill the background color as you want. I used white for the background.


After that, you will be dealing with Gradient Overlay in Layer Style. Now, double click the background layer and press Ok. You will notice that the background layer now is unlocked (background lock icon disappeared). Then, double click again on the layer to open the layer style and choose (check sign) the Gradient Overlay. Make settings as I did in below image and press Ok to close the layer style dialog box.


If you have applied the layer style, now right click on the background layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

In this layer, we will give the Filter effects to the background. There are 3 filters you will use this time which are Add Noise, Mosaic and Unsharp Mask. First, go to Filter – Noise – Add Noise.


Second filter is Mosaic. Go to Filter – Pixelate – Mosaic and apply settings as below. This mosaic filter needed to create a pixelate or tile seemless pattern for your abstract background.


And, the last filter for the background layer is Sharpen to pop up the detail of abstract tiles you have created using Mosaic filter before. So, go to Filter – Sharpen – Unsharp Mask.


You are now done working in background layer and actually have got the basic and soft tile shapes. So far, you will get the result as below.


Next things to do are give other adjustments to the colors and boost up the detail of the tile background.

Now, go to the bottom of your layer panel and find the Create new fill or adjustment layer. Click on it and choose Hue/Saturation and make settings as I did.


Pretty simple, isn’t it?

Beside the Hue/Saturation, you will also find the Solid Color as the adjustment layer option. Choose it and set the color as below image. You also need to change its Blend Mode to Overlay and the layer fill to 60%.


After that, click again the Create new fill & adjustment layer and this time, you will choose the Gradient Map. I used the Violet, Orange colors as the gradient which is the default presets inside the gradient editor. Don’t forget to change the Blend Mode to Overlay as well.


Now, make sure to the upper layer which is the gradient map layer is activated (selected). Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E on your keyboard to create a new layer which merged all layers into one. Then, select this new layer and right click on it to convert it into smart object layer.

After you have convert the layer to smart object, go to Unsharp Mask filter again and apply settings as below to boost up the details of your abstract tile background.


Then, give another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to get the exact colors as my final result. In this adjustment layer, you will also need to change the layer Blend Mode to Soft Light.


And, now you are completely done the tutorial of your 5 minutes to create the abstract background in Photoshop.

Here’s the final result and also the layers preview of mine.


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