Apr 29 2011

Useful Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Abstract Backgrounds

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Here, we are showcasing some of the web’s truly amazing Abstract Background Design Photoshop Tutorials for our readers. Be you a PS enthusiast or junkie, you will surely want to take a look at the offerings we have compiled. Feel free to share your opinion with us.

Abstract Backgrounds Tutorials

Abstract Kaleidoscope Poster – Photoshop CS5
This tutorial lets you learn how to create an attention-grabbing kaleidoscope type poster in Photoshop CS5 by combining basic colors, shapes and brushes. A layered PSD file is included.

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Abstract Starfield Background – Photoshop CS5
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a tremendous space scene in Photoshop CS5 by mixing different shapes, brushes and blending modes. A layered PSD file is included to help you get started!

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Create Abstract Valentine’s Day Card
In this tutorial you will learn how to craft a vibrant Valentine’s Day card befitting of the day, by means of basic shapes and gradients in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Create Awesome Abstract Nebula Circle Shape in Photoshop
Here the artist will take you through the steps he took to create this stunning abstract design. This is an intermediate level tutorial so proceed with care and be prepared.

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Create Artistic Abstract Shapes via the Powerful Warp Tool in Photoshop
This tutorial shows you how to bring warp tool plus into play to generate great looking abstract shapes to beautify your design. The steps are truly simple and the effect can be used in a wide range of occasions.

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Easily create planetary ring via cloud and twirl filter in photoshop.
In this tutorial, using the cloud and twirl tools you will be able to easily create a planetary ring no galaxy would be complete without.

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Create Simple Abstract Shining Wave Line
Want to get trained on how to recreate this simple yet alluring abstract background? Simply follow this helpful tut.

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Create a Detailed Meteorite and Surrounding Space Environment in Photoshop
In this intermediate level tutorial, the artist will show you the steps he took to create this detailed meteorite and surrounding space environment in photoshop. Some steps can be bit trickey, but the payoff is worthwhile.

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Chroma Wallpapers
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a great abstract work of art combining a 3D-looking base with some various added effects.

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Create a Wavy Blackberry Style Wallpaper Design
Here, Fabio Sasso teaches you how to create an abstract background image using Photoshop alone to give a cool wavy pattern with some eye-catching lighting effects to your work.

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Abstract Lines Background
This tutorial guides you step by step on how to create an abstract lines background in Photoshop. This one is a must!

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Calculations And Colorization
This Photoshop tutorial shows the creation of an Alpha Channel by means of the calculations dialog that will create a truly amazing abstract colorized photo effect.

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Creating the new retro
Learn to give retro-style graphics your individual modern-day spin with this tutorial shared by Graphic designer, James White.

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Drawing an Abstract Lightbulb
In this tutorial, you will learn a couple of techniques that include glows using layer styles, stroking path, particles using brush dynamics, and bokeh effects.

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Abstract lighting effects
This tutorial guides you through creating some lighting effects with colorful wave elements by using Photoshop CS4. You can achieve the same results even if you have other versions of the program.

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Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps
Here, the artist is showing you how to quickly give life to a space scene with some pleasant lighting effects.

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How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop
This tutorial will teach you some simple techniques for creating dazzling light streaks which can be utilized in different manners to add movement and brightness to your designs.

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Create Abstract Colorful Balls illustration in Photoshop CS5
This drawing tutorial takes you through the formation of this abstract multicolored illustration with the use of simple tools and techniques like the Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool, Gradient Tool, Layer Style, etc. in CS5.

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Create Abstract Background with Bokeh effect
Generate an abstract and vibrantly rich background with bokeh effects via Photoshop’s drawing tools, blending modes, and lighting techniques.

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Luminescent Lines
A simple yet very powerful technique to create an abstract wallpaper or image that looks simply stunning and stylish.

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Abstract Background of Colored Bars
An easy to follow and understand tutorial on how to design abstract backgrounds, wallpapers, greeting cards, designs, and all that other good stuff.

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Abstract Image
Craft a fine-looking and amazing effect with just a few simple steps.

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Cool abstract background
Here, the artist takes you through the steps employed to design abstract backgrounds from bubbles and waves using Photoshop.

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Easy Abstract Photoshop Tutorial
Use a few brushes and effects to create a very simple abstract shape via the guiding hands of this tutorial.

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Intense Solar Flare (Filter) Effect
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an outstanding abstract background using this intense solar flare effect.

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Create a fantastic background texture
This tutorial lets you learn how to produce a fantastic background texture that you can customize for your own projects and purposes.

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Abstract Airbrushing
In this tutorial you will learn how to create attractive abstract bursts of light for your renders.

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Windows Vista Aurora Effect
A Photoshop tutorial which covers creating a Vista like background with aurora type effects.

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Wallpaper Effect
This tutorial walks you through creating a warped effect that you can use to create artistic and profressional backgrounds and wallpapers.

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TRENDY BACKGROUND
Simple technique by brush strokes for the creation of some fashionable backgrounds.

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Digital Star Effect
In this tutorial you will learn how to give your work an effect reminiscent of shimmering sequins.

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Mac-type background
This tutorial is focused on the subject of making a “mac” style background.

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Signature Backgrounds
In this tutorial you will be taught how to create a nice abstract background that you are sure to become known for using.

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Colourful Swirl
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a colorful swirl by using Adobe Photoshop.

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Colorful Tornado
In this tutorial, you are being shown how to build a fine-looking vibrant tornado or pinwheel styled design in Photoshop.

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Abstract Artsy Background
Here, you will learn how to create amazing abstract artsy backgrounds for any of your design works.

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How to create abstract colorful rainbow background
Learn how to use Photoshop’s simple shapes, layer styles and gradients to generate a pleasant abstract rainbow background.

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Aurora Borealis – North-South Polar Lights
In this tutorial, the artist is showing how you can recreate an Aurora Borealis type background by using Photoshop only.

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Design Eye-catching Laser Particle Abstract Effect in Photoshop
Learn how easy it is in Photoshop to create these attention-grabbing laser particle effects. This is a beginner guide with simple and easy steps to follow.

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Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn how to craft a digital bokeh effect using hexagons. Brush engine, patterns, blend modes and basic filters are used to accomplish this effect.

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Creating Smoke
Learn to create a beautiful smoky effect for your designs by using Photoshop with the help of this tutorial.

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Create a Rather Interesting, Wavy and Curving Abstract Shape Effect in Photoshop
This tutorial walks you through the formation of this somewhat appealing and colorful shape. A very detailed tutorial with large numbers of helpful screenshots.

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Create beautiful hair-like abstract lines to decorate your design in photoshop.
Create stunning hair like line work and beautify your design with this easy to follow tutorial. This is novice level tutorial with the intention of teaching how to utilize the pen tool and dynamic brush setting.

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Create Simple, Yet Elegant Abstract Spectrum Lines
Learn step by step how the artist has created this simple yet appealing abstract spectrum of lines that can be used for a wide range of purposes.

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Create a Futuristic Abstract Wallpaper
Learn how to use various filters in PS to generate a wallpaper with a futuristic feel.

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Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect
This tutorial teaches you how to effortlessly create digital abstract smoke by means of both Illustrator and Photoshop. This technique is incredibly customizable and you can do it pretty swiftly.

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How to Create an Interplay of Abstract Light Streaks
A detailed tutorial that will guide you through generating an series of abstract light streaks.

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • kaostricks, 29 April 2011

    That’s really nice and helpful, I have bookmarked this page just for furture reference

  • Thomas Beal, 29 April 2011

    Really nice selection. I love the “Wavy and Curving Abstract Shape Effect in Photoshop”

  • David, 29 April 2011

    Great collection, that’s a lot of excellent examples.

  • Eric, 29 April 2011

    Nice round up, my favorite one is the abstract rainbow background. Thanks for sharing!

  • Frontera Marketing, 30 April 2011

    Simply stunning collection! We’ve always liked Abduzeedo’s work and this goes to show that they aren’t the only ones out there with this kind of talent.

    We’ve made sure to share this list with our readers.

  • Jatin, 30 April 2011

    Nice collection. Thanks.

  • Tino, 30 April 2011

    Thanks a lot for this great collection.

  • Bratu Sebastian, 01 May 2011

    Wow, such nice tutorials, thanks for this.

  • Anand, 02 May 2011

    Thanks for ur submit its very useful for creative designer

  • Fazreen, 10 May 2011

    Nice round up. Thanks a lot of good examples

  • allan, 11 May 2011

    This is amazing. Thank you!

  • Dosine, 18 May 2011

    Awesome Tutorials…..
    Thank you.

  • ARUN PR, 18 April 2012

    Thanks a lot for this great collection.

  • Ankit, 09 June 2012

    Thanks For Awesome Collection

  • tommygunz, 05 April 2013

    cool stuff

  • anklt, 25 July 2013

    Thanks For Super Collection

  • Great Images, 17 March 2014

    Amazing background contrast of images

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