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Abstract lighting effects

Learn how to create a very colorful waves element with light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Create a new file (File>New) that would have 1920×1200 px and 72 dpi. Using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), it’s possible to give the new file black color.

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw a colored ornament like the one from below:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Set the next demonstrated parameters for the layer by making a mouse click on it on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Gradient’s parameters:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Click on the bottom part of the layers’ palette on the next option – Create new fill or adjustment layer>Black&White

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Getting the best result is possible if combine in a group all the layers of the lines’ ornament and the layer with the Black&White effect (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and then keep presses the left mouse’s button while taking the marked layers on Create a new group option). Rasterize the group by marking out this group and then press CTRL+E. Using the Free Transform option, turn the ornament around the central axe, placing it by diagonal line.

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Using the Free Transform option, try to stretch the ornament by diagonal line and compress it in a line:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Switch between Free transform and Warp modes regime.

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer which must be processed with the usual Brush Tool (B) that’ll help in drawing a line of yellow color:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Keep pressed Alt button while making a mouse click between the brush’s layers and the ornament’s layer (on the layers’ palette):

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Difference

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a copy of the last made layer, press Alt button and click between the previous layer and the copy’s layer:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Select next demonstrated parameters: Blending mode-Darken

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer and apply here the standard brush mentioned above to represent a line of green color:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

Using the same method, press again Alt button while clicking between the layers:

Create a colorful waves element with light effects in 
Adobe Photoshop CS4

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