One Particle in Particular

JVanWagner_Abstract

Finished abstract assignment for my Computer Art class.  Ended up going for something simple (lack of time), just playing around and experimenting with Photoshop.  Had loads of fun and learned a ton with this assignment.

A1

I was going to start off with a background fill, but decided to go with a Gradient instead.  Once I pulled up the Gradient menu I went with one of the ones I haven’t really used before.  I choose the complimentary colors blue and orange.

A2

Next I went into the Filter menu and decided on Pixelate>Pointalize, adjusting the amount until I found something I liked.  Then I duplicated the layer and used the Ctrl+T command to Transform the new layer (holding shift key to maintain the proportions).  Then I centered the new layer so it aligned with the first.  I then duplicated that second layer and set the Blend mode to Multiply and lowered the Opacity.

A3

I then duplicated the first (bottom layer) and went back into the Filter Menu, this time choosing Distort>Spherize and placed the Blend mode to Multiply.

A4

I couldn’t see the sphere shape all that well, so I ended up repeating the process (Filter>Distort>Spherize at 86%) four or five more times.

A5

I felt the colors weren’t saturated enough, so I duplicated the spherized layer and started experimenting with the Blend modes until I got something I liked.

A6

  Then I took that layer and added a new Filter to it.  Choosing Blur>Lens Blur.  This created the glowing feel to the sphere.

A7

Again playing with Blend modes until I found something that worked.  This time settling on Vivid Light and adjusting the Opacity (duplicate layer).

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My final step was to add a Lens Flare.  Filter>Render>Lens Flare and then decided the little square was distracting, so I got rid of it.

I really didn’t know what I was doing from one step to the next, it wasn’t’ until I got that sphere shape that things started moving for me.  Even then it was a journey of exploration.  I did learn a lot though, through this process, I haven’t used the Filter>Distort>Spherize before, so this was a cool find for me, as I can definitely see it being useful in the future.

-Jesse

“Success is all about letting your will power takeover from your fears.”  -Unknown