Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

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Let’s play around a bit by creating a stunning optic fiber inspired light rays background (or pattern, texture, or brush, whichever way you think of it). Just a bit of Photoshop know-how and you’ll be able to do this tutorial in a matter of minutes.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Let’s play around a bit by creating a stunning optic fiber inspired light rays background (or pattern, texture, or brush, whichever way you think of it). Just a bit of Photoshop know-how and you’ll be able to do this tutorial in a matter of minutes.

Step 1. Open a new document. Make sure the background is white. It can be any size you wish but for this tutorial, we’ll use 500 x 500 pixels. Make sure your foreground color is black, and your background color is white.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 2. Go to FILTER > RENDER > CLOUDS.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 3. Go to FILTER > RENDER > DIFFERENCE CLOUDS. Do this twice to achieve similar results below.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 4. Go to FILTER > ARTISTIC > ROUGH PASTELS and use the following values: Stroke Length 7; Stroke Detail 15; Texture Canvas; Scaling 100; Relief 20; Light Bottom. DO NOT INVERT.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

The resulting image should look something like this.

 

Step 5. Go to FILTER > BRUSH STROKES > ACCENTED EDGES. Set the following values: Edge Width 2; Edge Brightness 38; Smoothness 5.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

This will be the result.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 6. Go to FILTER > DISTORT > POLAR COORDINATES and set it at RECTANGULAR TO POLAR.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

You should achieve this result.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 7. Go to FILTER > STYLIZE > WIND. Do this THREE (3) times.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 8. Go to FILTER > DISTORT > POLAR COORDINATES. This time, go with POLAR TO RECTANGULAR.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

We’re getting quite close. By this step, you will already have achieved this result. It looks like a bunch of optic fibers clashing against each other.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 9. Time to put in a bit of color. Each and every person may have his or her own color preferences, so go to EDIT > COLOR BALANCE and just go crazy with the colors. For this tutorial, we’re going for a bright blue tint.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

 

Hint: If you wish to add more colors, you can either blend this with gradients or other colors.

Step 10. The optic fibers seem to be a bit too sharp. Let’s add a bit of soft glow now. Duplicate this layer and go to FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR. Set it to 2.5

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

Step 11. Now it’s a little too blurred. In order to fix this, just go to the blurred layer, and change the OPACITY to 50.

Stunning Optic Fiber Light Rays Tutorial

And we’re done! As mentioned, you can use this quick tutorial for backgrounds, patterns, textures, brushes, and whatnot. Just have fun with it!

 

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