There we are about one month since my last tutorial with Abduzeedo! And here am I again with another tutorial for you guys! First I wanted to thank Abduzeedo again for giving me this great opportunity for sharing my knowledge. I will show you how to create a super light effect using blending options, shapes and tools in Photoshop.

This was an artwork for a cover album named: "The Revolution". The idea behind this artwork was to combine the colors of Trance music and the evolution. I did some researchs on Trance albums and they seems to use a lot the blue color so I picked blue. I could have chosen some red for expressing the evolution but why not orange! I wanted to make it different! I won't be telling you all the steps in detail but I'll be giving you hints that will help you make your "own"design.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document. The size I am using is 2560x1600 pixels. Then you take the gradient tool (g) and you make a gradient using "Foreground to Background", so from black to a dark blue (#050655)

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 2

Now type the word: "REVOLUTION" and place it right in the middle. I've used the font named: "Dekar" and you can find in the in the Weekly Friday Fresh Free Fonts of Abduzeedo. Here's the link. Next rasterize the layer type.

After I wanted to create a little perspective view with my word "REVOLUTION"; so I took the perspective tool and I dragged each side of my word to make it kind of go in the back. It gives the impression that the word "REVOLUTION" has been pulled towards the back a little.

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 3

Ok, let's start to have some fun! I duplicate the "REVOLUTION" Layer and added a borderline by using a white stroke of 2 pixels. Then you select the whole layer and erase the content of the layer. What would be left, would be the white stroke of the word "REVOLUTION". This is my technique for making an easy stroke line. Then I placed it to give it some kind of a 3D look.

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 4

Then I've used the same technique I did for my World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial to create a white base by using the "outer glow" of the blending options. After create a new layer and take the radial gradient tool (g) and use "Foreground to Transparent" from black to cyan (#00d2ff). Don't forget to blend the layer to "overlay";.

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 5

Let's add some flares! I took the same flares that Abduzeedo used on his Easy Casino Style Sign in Photoshop Tutorial. The flares are from an image and you can download it here. After resizing the image and deleting all the parts that you won't need from the image; I just placed them randomly and duplicate it and resize it.

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 6

After I added some lighting lines and I went crazy! It's the same process like the flares, you place them and duplicate them but don't forget to blend the layer to "overlay". Just play with the lines, have a concept and try to be creative!

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 7

Afterwards, I added some stock shapes from my library, I blended them in the background of the word "REVOLUTION" and I also added a few shapes where the foreground color were black. I wanted to create some depth for the background. I knew I would be adding another color to my design, so I didn't wanted to be too full of rich colors.

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 8

Now it's time to add the new elements and color. Like I said earlier, I decide to choose the orange color; what I did here it's I filled my shapes with the orange color (#fb863a) and played with the blending options. In this case, I've used "overlay" of course and "soft light".

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 9

Now create a new layer and take the radial gradient tool (g) and use "Foreground to Transparent" from dark orange (#5a472f) to orange (#fb863a). I really like to play with the blending options, this is really what gives that vibrant light effect. Take the same layer and put it to "overlay".

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

Step 10

The final touch, I added the word "THE" and overlay it! For "la pièce de résistance", I took a stock grunge image and put it on top of my layers and blend it to "screen". And voilà there you have it. The Revolution

World Collabs 3 Winner Artwork Tutorial by François Hoang

 

About the Author

Hi guys! My name's François Hoang and my alias's Aoiro Studio. I am a self-taught freelance graphic designer from Montreal, Canada. I've been designing for the last 4 years and really have a huge passion for creative work that makes a difference in our world. I am currently working as a freelancer with private clients on different commercial projects. I can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/aoirostudio , Facebook and Behance, as well as my online portfolio on AoiroStudio.com.

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