How to Create a Unique Abstract Line Background in Photoshop

How to Create a Unique Abstract Line Background in Photoshop

Make your own unique desktop and mobile device wallpapers

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract background using gradients,vector shapes and layer styles to create the illusion of depth. The results can then be customized and made unique to your own personal preference.

Step 1

Launch Photoshop and open a new RGB document 1200 x 800 pixels. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 2

Create a new Gradient Fill Layer, change the angle to 80° and use a gradient with two color stops, #C0D1F6 and #F3CACB. abstract lines background tutorial abstract lines background tutorial

Step 3

Draw a white #FFFFFF rectangle shape layer from the top of the canvas approximately 1/3rd of the height and full width. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 4

Move the rectangle up slightly off the canvas and drag the bottom left point up to meet the top point. Don't worry too much about being precise here, the idea is to give the impression of being random. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 5

Duplicate the shape now and flip it vertically, align it to the bottom of the canvas this time and move the top two vector points around to create a slightly different angled shape. Set the fill to #E6E6E6 and move the layer below the other rectangle in the Layers panel. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 6

Duplicate the last shape and flip it horizontally, tweak the shape as shown and set the fill to #CDCDCD, then move it below the last shape in the layers panel. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 7

I'm sure you're getting the idea by now, duplicate the shape again and place below all the others and set the fill to #B1B1B1. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 8

Continue this process, beginning to work your ways towards the center and fill any remaining space (color: #868686). abstract lines background tutorial

Step 9

The shapes should be gradually getting darker as they fill the remaining space (#545454). abstract lines background tutorial

Step 10

Create as many additional shapes as required to fill the remaining space, aiming to reach black #000000 when you get to the last segment. The last segment can simple be a rectangle that fills the entire document. abstract lines background tutorial abstract lines background tutorial abstract lines background tutorial

Step 11

Group all of the shapes and set the blending mode of the group to Soft Light: abstract lines background tutorial

Step 12

On the top layer add a Drop Shadow layer style with 80% opacity, 0 distance, 0 spread and 100px for the size. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 13

Right click on the layer with the drop shadow and Copy Layer Style, then Paste Layer Style on the other shape layers. It isn't necessary to add a drop shadow the last black shape. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 14

To finish it off, let's just add a bit of subtle noise. Create a new layer and fill it with solid black #000000 abstract lines background tutorial abstract lines background tutorial

Step 15

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.. and apply the filter with 50% amount, Gaussian distribution and Monochromatic option checked. abstract lines background tutorial

Step 16

Set the blending mode of the noise layer to Soft Light and opacity to 10%. abstract lines background tutorial

Result

And there we have it, a very cool looking abstract line background with the illusion of depth. This is a great way to make your own unique desktop background or mobile device wallpapers: abstract lines background tutorial

The Fun Part

You can now have some fun and experiment to change things up a bit. Tweak the shapes by dragging vector points, rotating them or using the transform tool to create some new unique combinations. Also try out different gradients on the background layer to change the overall color and apperance and make it your own. Here are a couple of alternatives I mocked up quickly by just doing those two things: abstract lines background tutorial abstract lines background tutorial

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