Description: In this tutorial, we are creating an abstract using two brushes that we have already created in previous tutorials. This tutorial makes uses of primarily the gradient tool and a set of brushes. The result of this combo is one that will surprise you.

Note: Before we begin, you should that in this tutorial I have made use of two brushes. The tutorials for those custom brushes are already available on the website. Refer to them before you begin.

Resources:

Star Brush

Bubble Brush

1- In Photoshop CS5, open a new document with the following dimensions:

Height 340px

Width 600px.

2- Fill (CTRL+I) it with Black color.

3- Set the Foreground and Background color to Black and White, respectively.

4- Select Gradient tool and modify its settings as shown in the image below:

5- Now drag a straight line from bottom to up:

This is what you should get by now:

6- Go to: Filter > Distort > Wave.

Modify its settings as shown:

7- Press and hold ALT and click on Add Vector Mask.

8- Set the Foreground and Background color to white and black, respectively.

9- Select Gradient tool and modify its settings as shown in the image below:

10- Create a Radial Gradient from the top of the image to the bottom.

11- Create a new layer.

12- Fill this layer with 50% Gray color. Rename the layer to ‘Rainbow’.

13- Double click the layer Rainbow to make the following changes:

14- Change the final text layer’s Blend mode from Normal to Overlay.

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15- For this layer, set the Foreground and Background color to White and Black respectively.

16- Select the Brush Tool and select Load Brushes from the Brush settings.

17- Now the select the brush named Star and modify its settings in the Brush Panel as shown below:

18- Your brush is now ready to use. Create a new layer and apply it to your image to create the stars effect as shown in the image below:

19- Change the layer opacity of the current layer to 40%.

20- Create another new layer.

21- Apply the brush with the same brush setting but this time keep the layer opacity of the current layer at 100%.

22- Using your Eraser tool, cut out the unwanted stars from both the layers so that your image looks like the one below:

23- Create another layer.

24- Next, load the Bubble brush that we have already created. The brush settings for this brush are going to be the same as that for the last brush we used.

25- Apply it to your image to create the stars effect as shown in the image below:

26- Change the layer opacity of the current layer to 40%.

27- Now, much like before, create another new layer.

28- Apply the brush with the same brush setting but this time keep the layer opacity of the current layer at 100%.

29- Using your Eraser tool, cut out the unwanted stars from both the layers so that your image looks like the one below:

That’s it!

Final Picture:

Voila.