For this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create a super stylish image using circles and gradients with Layer Styles. Then we will add some little effects with blur and noises and that’s it. I promise you, it’s quite simple and a lot of fun. By the way, you can do this tutorial in Figma, Illustrator, Pixelmator, pretty much any tool you are familiar with that has gradients.
Create a new document and with the Paint Bucket Tool “G”, fill the background layer with black (#000000).
With the Ellipse Tool “U”, create a circle in your canvas.
Now let’s use Layer Styles to add a gradient:
- First change the Fill Opacity to 0;
- Then in Gradient Overlay use Angle for the Style;
- Use 3 Stops for the Gradient. For my first circle the first stop is Blue with 100% Opacity, the second stop is Green with 100% Opacity at 50% location, and the last stop is the same green but this time with 0% Opacity;
- Change the Angle to -90 degrees.
Duplicate the circle and move it down. Then change the gradient colors. For this one I used the same blue for the beginning, then replaced the green for red. Also change the angle to 90 degrees now. That will flip the gradient.
Repeat the same process and move the third circle down. This time use yellow first, then yellow in the middle and red in the end. The end will be 100% Opacity while the first yellow will be 0% opacity. Keep the 90 degrees for the angle.
Create a layer with all the other layers merged by clicking Command+Option+Shift+5.
Apply a Tilt-Shift Blur (Filter>Blur Gallery>Tilt-Shift) to this layer.. Tweak with the values based on your taste. It doesn’t matter that much. After that change the Blend Mode to Screen.
Duplicate this layer and change the Blend Mode to Overlay.
Create a layer with all the other layers merged by clicking Command+Option+Shift+5. After that add some noise by going to Filters>Add Noise.
Add your logo and you can add a Photo Filter to change the colors a bit, but the design is over. You can try different angles or more circles. Now it’s up to you.
Variation keeping the white background by keeping the fill opacity to 100% for the top circle
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