Psychedelic ripples creation

Learn how to create amazing psychedelic hippy ripple effect using gradients for Photoshop tutorial CC 2018 2017 2015 etc

Create psychedelic ripples using gradients

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  1. View menu of Photoshop

  2. New guide layout (default) for centering psychedelic ripples

  3. Select gradient tool in Photoshop toolbar

  4. Select a gradient (a nice bright intense colorful one from the presets)

  5. Set style to radial and use the guide to center the gradient

  6. You can then apply the gradients over and over from one particular center point and

  7. Using a difference blending mode, you can generate a seriously complex circular / contour artwork.

  8. Apply the gradients again

  9. Filter menu.

  10. Distort

  11. Ripple filter

  12. Set the size to large and set the amount to 999% - perfect for creating an interesting 60s themed effect.

  13. Re-color using image menu and adjustments (such as HDR)


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


Smart objects for ease of use : smartYou can also use the presets (before the ripple is applied) and then turn the entire artwork into a smart object via the layer menu smart object command. You can then use the smart object with a smart filter ripple which enables the effect to be changed from extreme / large to subtle.


You can also add multiple distortions as well as multiple other effects and with the latest versions of CC, you can now add additional smart adjustments that can be used to totally change the color of the effect such adding additional 60s vibrancy as well as perhaps turning the image into a black and white or sepia effect via hue / saturation adjustment.


Gradients for your projects - 32,000 presets


Adding blurs and other effects : hdr toning You can also create even more odd color combinations and distortions by using blur filter effects and posterisation (as well as oil paint filters) or use the blur and cutout (from the filter gallery plugins).


Goto the filter gallery and Poster edges and low settings and then Vibrance.


Use HDR toning found in the image menu and adjustments to add a slightly more surreal touch (on the right).


Image menu. Adjustments and Posterisation and set to the minimum can also result in some interesting psychedelic color effects


Use the presets with blending modes

editorYou can add the Photoshop presets with the same set of stops / color as well as different sets of stops / colors as well as adding presets using different blending modes such as lighten and difference (my favorite) so you can select any number of the presets included in the current panel as well as adding any of the additional sets.


You can also also combine the presets in different image modes as well such as 16bit or 32bit.


Use as a layer : timelineYou can also add the radial presets to a layer and create multiple layers and the advantage of that approach is that you can remove the items at any point as well as perhaps use the layers with layer comps and then you can change the position as well as opacity etc to create even more effects.


As a layer, you can also then combine the effect with the video timeline in Photoshop. You can use this to create a surreal distortion effect over a period of time instead of just limiting it to a static image (clearly After Effects is probably a better option)



maskYou can also add the distortion effect to other elements such as combining custom shapes with the ripple and also adjustment layers and other effects into smart objects - you can find many different custom shapes to use as a backdrop or path or overlay etc.


You can also use the layer with the color design with a mask such as using a custom shape as the mask.


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