Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Create a rainbow in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a rainbow in Photoshop using the gradient tool. I have created a rainbow on a white canvas, but you can place your rainbow on an image if you wish.

Create a rainbow

Step 1

Open a new Photoshop document with the size 640 x 480 dimensions.
Reset the palette by pressing the ‘D’ key and insert a new layer Ctrl + Shift + N.

Step 2

Select the gradient tool with a linear gradient and transparent rainbow preset.

Change the blend mode to soft light and the opacity to 83% and also check the reverse option.

Step 3

Hold down the Shift key so that the gradient remains at a straight angle, and drag a small gradient from the top to bottom like below:

Step 4

Select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and make sure the ‘rectangular to polar’ is checked and click ok. You should get the following effect below:

Step 5

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool and cut off half of the rainbow which should leave you with the following:

Why not try adding the rainbow effect to an image? I have also given the rainbow a Gaussian blur and lower the opacity of the layer.


dahstar 13 August 2009 at 04:46  

nice information about photoshop

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