In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create an awesome abstract wavy energy effect using various filters and adjustments.
Let’s start out by creating a new file, I used a 800×600 pixels canvas set at 72dpi, and I filled my background with black. Now make a new layer set and name it ‘Wavy Energy’. Then choose your Brush Tool and set the size to a 35 px soft brush, in a new layer brush with a #499E00 color shade across your canvas then brush with a #FFD800 color shade on top of the first color shade. You can also use your own color codes if you don’t like the green and yellow look.
Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, apply the settings below.
Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl, use the settings below.
Duplicate the swirly design from the last step and put the original to the side (turn off the layer so you can’t see it). Now with the duplicate layer apply a desaturate effect through Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Then set the layer’s opacity level to 64%.
Turn back on the original swirly design layer with the yellow and green color combo and place it above all the layers on the layers palette. Now position this swirly design just below the black and white swirly design. Then set the layer’s opacity level to 14%.
Duplicate the original swirly design with the green and yellow color shades and position it right by the black and white swirly. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, add the settings below.
Now set the layer’s blending mode of the new copy of the original swirly design to Linear Dodge. Then set the layer’s opacity level to 47%.
Duplicate your black and white swirly design layer from step four and flip it vertically through Edit > Transform. Now add colors to the design, go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance. Drag the setting bar to the green if your using the green and yellow color theme in the beginning, if not you can make your own colors through color balance.
Now duplicate the green swirly design layer and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, add the settings below.
Duplicate your ‘Wavy Energy’ layer set and then go to Layer > Merge Layer Set, this should turn the duplicate layer set into a regular layer. Resize the new wavy energy design layer through Edit > Transform > Scale, scale it down by 60% then position it on the center of the canvas.
Set the layer’s blending mode of the new wavy energy design to Color Dodge.