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★ Rock On – Abstract Lights Tutorial

★ Rock On – Abstract Lights Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how I  made my Rock On artwork and a few techniques to make abstract shapes and light effects. We will also use a 3D rendering and stock images.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you start working on something like this is the color scheme. I used the same colors of the model’s guitar, clothing and hair. That will make everything blend better.

Final result

Resources needed for this tutorial

Model, smoke brushes, sparkle brushes, rush brushes, 3D render, smexy patterns, extremely abstract brushes, sparks stock

Full tutorial and source files

Step 1

Create a new document in photoshop: width 1066px, Height 1500px. Get the Gradient Tool (G) and draw a Radial Gradient on the upper part of the canvas. The colors for the gradient are: dark gray: 545454 and light gray: 959595.

Subtract the model from the original photo and paste her into your document (I will refer to this layer as “girl layer”). Scale it down and use the Levels Editor (CTRL+L or Image>Adjustments>Levels) to increase the contrast, also increase Saturation (Ctrl+U) to make the image more vivid.

Download the Smexy Patterns, and pick pattern 12, (3 pixels white) and paint with the Pattern Stamp Tool (S) on a new layer between the model and the gray background, use Opacity 25% and a soft edge brush. Create a fading effect on the pattern you just created using a Layer Mask and a Radial Gradient. You can see the result in the image below.

I used a pattern adjustment layer instead of the pattern stamp tool to paint the lines pattern but the result is exactly the same.

Step 2

Add the 3D render on a new layer below the model and above the pattern layer. Add an Outer Glow effect Size 158 pixels and Range 68%, leave all the rest of the settings to their default values.

Also add a Gradient Overlay with the settings like in the image below. The rainbow gradient is in the Spectrums file, it comes with Photoshop.

here ends the preview

About Andrei Oprinca

Yep that's me :) I like Photoshop and Spotify 2 years ago I said to myself I will fill this with some useful info about me but I never had the chance to do it XDDD


  1. the psd link has broken

    • Andrei Oprinca

      I just tried it and it works for me. Some people had this same problem with Hotfile. Try from another PC or try later

  2. nice post guys, i like it

  3. please Andrei you can send me the tutorial in spanish? :D

  4. why don’t i get the same 3d render frm the pack u gave frm the resource

  5. exelente… Gracias a Uds perefecciono mis tecnicas cada vez mas… gracias

  6. yes now, i know that (:

  7. Oh sorry , you take the image from deviatART i saw it in resources used in this tutorial
    sorry XD haha

  8. Excuseme Andrei, who is the girl of the psd tutorial, where you get that image??
    if you can answer me please!

  9. GOD what a great!!! tutorial you are awesome dude

  10. Cool Tutorial, will definately go through it when i find some spare time.

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