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Create Psychedelic Ripples using Photoshop Gradients

ripple psychedelic photoshop gradients combination

Learn how to create amazing psychedelic ripple effect using gradients for Photoshop tutorial. You can create beautiful colorful hippy ripples in Photoshop by using gradients in CC 2017 2015 etc The key thing is to set the gradient style to "radial". You can use the GRD super colorful Photoshop gradients as is but you can also combine them in millions of ways using blending modes as well as opacity. The blending mode for the gradient tool is set via the top bar / options in Photoshop.

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Gradient stops for the effect

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

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

  3. 3. You 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.

  4. 4. You can also then combine the effect with the video timeline in Photoshop to create surreal ripple effects over a timeline and then rendered as a MP4 video.

  5. 5. You can also add the ripple 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

Guide grid using the new guide layout

guide layout using ripple psychedelic effect gradient

If you want to create an interesting Psychedelic ripple and want the Photoshop gradient to be all located from the center then setup up a guide using the


  1. View menu

  2. New guide layout.


You can then center any radial colors from that center or from another position (the same, for consistency)

Re-apply the Photoshop gradients

psychedelic contour photoshop gradients
  1. You can then apply the gradients over and over from one particular center point and

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

  3. Apply the gradients again


You don't have to use them in the same blending mode and you don't have to use blending modes, you can use them with opacity as well or perhaps use presets which include transparency to create even weirder ring artworks.


You can also combine the rings with other effects as well as ripple to create awesome psychedelic effects from the 60s - great for t-shirts etc.

Ripple psychedelic effect

  1. Filter menu.

  2. Distort

  3. Ripple filter

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

  5. You can also then manipulate it even further if you add image adjustments.


You 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 ripples 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.


Ripple Psychedelic HDR

hdr toning and psychedelic ripples photoshop

You can also create even more odd color combinations and ripples by using blur filter effects and posterization (as well as oil paint filters) or use the blur and cutout (from the filter gallery plugins). Such a pity that the posterization tool doesn't split the colors into layers


  1. Filter gallery

  2. Poster edges and low settings

  3. Vibrance

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

  5. Image menu

  6. Adjustments

  7. Posterization

  8. Set to the minimum can also result in some interesting psychedelic color effects


Liquify to create ripple

liquify ripple psychedelic gradient effect in Photoshop

Instead of using a distort filter, you can use a tool such as liquify (filters) and create the ripple manually by


  1. Dragging the pixels out (as well as inwards) from the center of the image using a low setting for the liquify brush (forward warp tool).

  2. Repeat from the center multiple times in different directions

  3. You can then combine the results with blurs / posterizations etc.


One useful feature of the liquify is that you can click the 'show guides' feature and see the guides created to show the center for the liquify and the ripple. The liquify approach does also mean a more random rippling effect can be created.


1. how to load and install the photoshop gradients into CC 2017 2015 CS6 etc

2. how to combine multiple gradients in Adobe Photoshop to create amazing colorful effects

3. how to use the Photoshop gradients with RGB channels and separate channels

Youtube Video tutorial

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube] The above video shows the effect created and described. Of course, you can use any number of different combinations than the ones used in the video.