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Abstract Brushing Techniques: Pulse Rings

This abstract brushing and effects photoshop tutorial will show you how to make trendy abstract rings for your digital art works.

1. Create a new document.  I will be making a very small document of 400x400 for viewing purposes, but you may like to create a much larger document.  Fill this document with Black, and create a new layer:

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2. Select your elliptical marquee tool (Top Left on the tool bar), and make a selection in your document as shown below (While dragging your selection, be sure to hold shift to create a perfect circle):

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3. In your new layer, fill this selection with white:

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4. Duplicate the layer with the white circle in it, and duplicate this layer (Right click > Duplicate Layer).  Click Ctrl + T to bring up the transform tool:

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5. While holding shift and alt, drag one of the corner boxes inwards to about here:

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6. Click enter to apply the transformation.  Now, select this smaller circle by holding ctrl + Clicking the layer of the duplicated circle.  Once selected, select the layer with the large white circle in it.  Press Ctrl+X to cut out the smaller circle.  Now, delete the layer with your small circle in it, and you will have a ring:

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7. Duplicate your ring layer 3 times.  In each of the 2 new layers, click ctrl+t, and make each ring smaller than the last:

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8. Create a new layer set (The folder Icon in your layers palette) and drag all of your ring layers into the layer set.  This will let us apply certain things to each of these layers at once (such as moving them, or setting opacity).  Select the layer set once all of your layers have been moved into it, and go to Edit > Transform > Distort.  This will bring up a similar look to the default transform tool, but we can do more with it.  Drag your boxes so that they look like this:

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9. Press enter to apply the transformation:

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10. As you can see, it now appears as if our rings are facing in a different direction.  Duplicate this layer set 2 times, and move one layer set above and to the right of the first, and the other below and to the left of the first layer.  Also transform these two layer sets with the Ctrl+T to make them smaller than the first:

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11. Set your background layer (the black layer) transparent as well as any other layers below it so that only the white rings show up:

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12. Select everything (Ctrl + A), and copy everything that is visible (Ctrl + Shift + Copy).  Now paste into a new layer (Ctrl + V), and make everything visible again. In your new layer of all the rings, apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) of 2:

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13. Now, apply a motion blur with the following settings (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur):

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14. Click OK:

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15. Now we need to add some color.  Add a new Color Balance Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance), and apply the following settings to the Highlight Tone Balance:

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16. You are now complete!  Here are some of my results:

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Abstract Brushing Techniques: Pulse Rings

Good Luck! 

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