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.
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.