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Geometric Patterns Photoshop

Quick Tip: How to Create a Geometric Background Effect in Photoshop


Like Illustrator, Photoshop also includes some very powerful vector editing tools. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a geometric background effect for a poster design in Photoshop using a few simple shapes, blending modes, and transparencies. Let's get started!

1. Create a Color Scheme

My favorite way to create a color scheme for this effect is to start off in Illustrator. Illustrator's Blend Tool is a great way to create mathematically correct, gradual color schemes that smoothly transition into each other. If you don't have Illustrator, try drawing a gradient in Photoshop, using the color codes below. Then, use your color picker at regular intervals to produce a similar color scheme.

Step 1

The first step is to create a new document in Illustrator. The document that I created was 45.72 cm x 60.96 cm.

Step 2

Draw a rectangular shape and apply a color. I used #553895.

Step 3

Now duplicate that square shape by holding down Alt and dragging it across the canvas.

Change its color to something lighter. I used #CFC4E0. Keep in mind that we will be adding quite a few steps between these colors, so choose one that is fairly distant from your original color.

Step 4

Now go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Select Specified Steps. Use as many steps as you need but remember, you may need to set quite a few steps to produce enough colors to fill your Photoshop canvas in later steps. This could require some trial and error on your part. For this tutorial, I used 28 steps.

Select both Objects and go to Object > Blend > Make. You should now see something like the image below. Keep in mind that this is only to help create your color scheme. So your blended object doesn't have to look the same as the one below.

2. Create Basic Shapes

This background effect can be created using several overlapping hexagon shapes. Keep in mind that you don't really have to use Photoshop for this. Illustrator also does a fantastic job. The techniques used in the steps below are very similar to the steps in Illustrator so if you're comfortable with Illustrator, give it a try, if you like.

Create a New Document in Photoshop, call it Color Scheme Setup. We will use this document to apply the color scheme that we just created to the shapes that we are about to create. I used the settings shown below but feel free to create a document that is consistent with the project that you are working on.

Paste your color scheme object into the scene. You can paste as Smart Object or Pixels, it doesn't really matter.

Step 2

Now we will start creating the basic shapes. Select the Polygon Tool and draw a Hexagon as shown. The dimensions of each hexagon should be around 6 cm x 5.1962 cm. You can enter the exact dimensions by selecting the Polygon Tool and clicking anywhere on the canvas.

Reduce the Transparency of the polygon to 80% and duplicate the shape 29 times, as shown. This will give you a total of 30 hexagons. In this step, it really helps to enable Snapping by going to > Snap. When you duplicate the shape make sure that the left side of the polygon snaps to the center of the polygon to its left.

Start from the far left of your canvas and give each hexagon the same color as its corresponding rectangle. This is probably the most time-consuming part of the process. When you are done, group your layers. Your document should look similar to the image below. You can now disregard the Blend object that you pasted from Illustrator.



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