- First, start a new document, set it to 500 by 500 pixels.
a new empty Layer (Shift + Ctrl + N), just above the default document
background Layer and fill it with Black
(Type the letter “D” to
reset your colors to Black and White, then type ALT+BACKSPACE to
fill with Black.)
- Create another layer, this time EMPTY above the Black Layer 1.
Type CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N. Your Layers Palette should look like the one
select the 'Gradient Tool’ on
the Toolbar or type the letter G. See picture to the left.
Notice up on the Options Bar for the Gradient
Tool, there are new options that are available. Particularly,
Gradient Styles, and the Blend Mode in which to apply the
the 'Gradient Preset Picker' to define the gradient to use
for this effect. For this first attempt at fractal
painting, use the
Violet, Orange, Blue' preset as shown to the right.
- Then, just to the right of the Gradient Preset Picker, select
the second style called 'Radial Gradient'.
- Set the Blend Mode to 'Difference' (see below).
This will change how the two
layers you are creating interact with
with Layer 2 and the Gradient Tool active, click and drag a single
radial gradient somewhere in the center of
look like the top picture of the four to the right.
- Next, start a new click and drag radial gradient from
just outside the rings toward the center, similar to the look of
the second picture.
Note: There's no particular goal here, and each click and drag action
creates something random. So, at any stage you can always duplicate
the Layer for further experimentation.
- This will achieve a result similar to the third picture.
- Keep click and dragging gradients to create a more
and more complex images. Here is a sample of a possible final image:
- This was your first attempt. Complete THREE
more. Always follow the same starting steps, creating the new layers.
- For your THREE NEW ARTWORKS, experiment with
some different color gradients and with some different Gradient Styles,
as the Linear
Gradient or the Angle Gradient. Become familiar with which gradients
give you smooth curves and which give you harsh lines. You can
also change the Blending mode for the gradient to “EXCLUSION” instead
of “DIFFERENCE” for a more subtle pastel look. (You can try
other Gradient Blends, but they likely won’t work.)
- Try adding additional layers, and putting new gradients on top of
other gradient layers and changing the Blending Mode (the dropdown box
that says NORMAL at the top of the Layer window) for the layers to something
like Hard Light or Color Burn.
- Try adding in some Filter Effects to some of
your layers, such as Filter>Artistic>Plastic Wrap or Filter>Distort>Ripple.
- When you have created a total of FOUR pieces
of art that you are pleased with, create a final artwork. This will
Select an emotion that you feel particularly connected to. Examples could include anger, joy, sadness, disappointment, etc. Use varied gradients, colors, Filters, etc. to create your painting which, in color and shape, ILLUSTRATES the feeling of your emotion. When you are
done, put your EMOTION, YOUR NAME and the year in the lower
work. SAVE your EMOTION PAINTING to your “lastname_tutorials” folder
it “lastname_emotion”, this will be a 25 point
- Here is Mr. B.’s painting, entitled “Depression”: