Today’s Illustrator and Photoshop design tutorial is based on a suggestion from one of my readers. Ella got in touch with some examples of cool geometric gradient designs that she had seen a lot lately and wondered how they were made. I always love receiving tutorial suggestions, so I’ve been busy playing around to figure out how to replicate this cool effect. Follow this step by step guide to create your own abstract gradient pattern art using a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator techniques.

Vibrant blurry pattern design

I managed to track down a sample of the artwork Ella sent over back to the ISO50 blog, where Seth Hardie shows off some amazing designs that he created using nothing but a couple of iPhone apps! The designs are essentially a geometric gradient pattern placed over a vibrant blurry background, which results in a cool piece of abstract art that’s perfect for a print, or as a background to present your other design work. Rather than experiment with this unique form of iPhone art, I’ll show you how to create a similar effect with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Open up a random image as the base for the blurry background. The more vibrant and colourful the image the better, so I’ve picked out a sunset image with lovely pinky purple hues. Open the image in Photoshop then add a Gaussian blur with the max settings. Repeat the blur to totally disguise the original subject of the image.

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45 Comments

  1. wow, I think the classiest thing you’ve done here is create some visually stunning that is make your post so awesome. Really very creative work, I can see you happen to be an expert at your field!

  2. Thanks so much for the fantastic tutorial Chris! Really awesome work. @We TINK – Yes, I’m incredibly grateful! :D

  3. Really it’s nice trick by you. I was looking for such a blur effect for some days and found easy and good trick. Thanks for sharing such useful post here.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to share this tutorial, I am just about finished the step by step instructions are very clear and on point thank you.

  5. Nice tutorial… Since I do as a web designer more and more design with CSS, I completely neglect Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials like this. I should get back into that habit again, because it’s also fun.

  6. Hey..I am beginner and learning designing techniques. I like your ways and love to create abstract blur pattern. Thanks for sharing and expecting more from you.

  7. I am looking creativity in these abstract design. I am really impressed with your technical skills and wanna see such a creative post again.

  8. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I got stuck a couple of time, but worked it out. lol. But don’t take that as criticism, this project is only my 2nd attempt at using Illustrator! Total noob!!
    Thanks again x

  9. Really, spoongraphics creates creative designing tutorials always and I love to follow all articles. Thanks for sharing such a nice tutorial.

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