In this Tip from the quick tips series, we’ll learn how to create some Light Lines in Photoshop, this effect on this Photoshop Tutorial can be created just using a few layer styles, it will give a more futuristic feel to your creations.    

By Supercolor, on September 28, 2012, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1 – THE New Document and Background

Let’s Start by opening Photoshop and create a new document, I choose 500x500px with a transparent background. Next fill the background with white, go to Edit – Fill – White.


To highlight the process, I added a simple Gradient Overlay layer style on the Background layer with black and dark blue colours. Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay.


Step 2 – Shapes

In this step we’ll create the base of the light line using the Pen Tool (P) and the Brush Tool (B). Create a new layer then select the Pen Tool, make sure the create path option is selected when that’s done, start creating a line in the shape you like.


In order to use paint with this shape, select the Brush Tool and select a Soft Rounded Brush with a size of 10px. Make sure the foreground colour is set to white, then reselect the Pen Tool (P) and right click on the line shape, select Stroke Path with for the tool used: Brush and the Simulate Pressure option checked. This will paint on using this path and the brush we selected previously.


Step 3 – Effects

Now we have the base of the light line, let’s add some light to it, double click on the layer or go to Layer – Layer style and add some layers styles of the line layer. I choose to go with pink colours


I continued creating other lines with other colours


That’s it for this quick tip, I hope you’ve learned some new tricks and techniques, layer styles are a very powerful tool to use, just play with it you can creating a lot of effects. Feel free to leave a comment and share you creations.