25 Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Abstract Backgrounds

Abstract backgrounds are very common in web design and for other purposes like poster and wallpaper design. Photoshop provides plenty of potential for designing amazing abstract backgrounds, and in this post we’ll showcase 25 tutorials that show how it can be done.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls Illustrations in Photoshop CS5

Create Abstract Colorful Balls Illustrations in Photoshop CS5

How to Create Abstract Colorful Background with Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

How to Create Abstract Colorful Background with Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Blend Tool Backgrounds (video)

Blend Tool Backgrounds (video)

Create Electrifying Light Effects Around an Image

Create Electrifying Light Effects Around an Image

Chroma Wallpapers

Chroma Wallpapers

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Digital Star Effect

Digital Star Effect

Stripy Abstract Wallpaper in Photoshop

Stripy Abstract Wallpaper in Photoshop

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop

Abstract Lighting Effects

Abstract Lighting Effects

How to Create an Abstract Colorful Rainbow Background

How to Create an Abstract Colorful Rainbow Background

Lines Tutorial

Lines Tutorial

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

Aurora Borealis – North-South Polar Lights

Aurora Borealis - North-South Polar Lights

Design Eye-Catching Laser Particle Abstract Effect in Photoshop

Design Eye-Catching Laser Particle Abstract Effect in Photoshop

Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Create a Carbon Mesh Background in Photoshop

Create a Carbon Mesh Background in Photoshop

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Creating an Abstract Background for Poster

Creating an Abstract Background for Poster

Create a Futuristic Abstract Wallpaper

Create a Futuristic Abstract Wallpaper

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

How to Create Vibrant Lighting Effects from Scratch

How to Create Vibrant Lighting Effects from Scratch

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

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  • Brad | StartWebDevelopment.com, November 17, 2010

    These are great tutorials. Thanks for putting these together.

  • Karsten, November 17, 2010

    Excellent tutorials!

  • aledesign.it, November 17, 2010

    So delicious this collection…More inspiration here! Thank for the list..

  • BlazT3r, November 18, 2010

    Buena recopilación ;)

  • Php Development, November 18, 2010

    your collection is awesome .. such a good way to sharing

  • Design Freebies, November 18, 2010

    Love the Colorful Balls Illustration Tut.
    Thanks for thus nice roundup :)

  • Web Design Hull, November 18, 2010

    Great collection of tutorials… I really like the carbon mesh background, thanks for posting!

  • qulay, November 19, 2010

    These are great tutorials. Thanks for putting these together.

  • Paradise Valley Homes, November 19, 2010

    Thanks for the tutorials. I will definitely reference these as I am completing my Photoshop projects.

  • Theo, November 20, 2010

    Great tutorial list here, bookmarked!

  • Giacomo Colddesign, November 22, 2010

    Nice collection..thanks!!

  • Swoppers, December 2, 2010

    Nice selection of abstract background .. thanks for sharing :)

  • Angelee, December 6, 2010

    Mazaing Create “Electrifying Light Effects Around an Image”.. love to follow the tut…

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 10, 2011

    So inspired by this, thanks !

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