Photoshop: OP ART – How to Create Your Own Eye-Catching, Op Art Poster

September 11, 2019 0 By Peter Engel

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create your own
eye-catching poster design inspired by Victor Vasarely, who’s considered the “grandfather”
and leader of the op art movement, which became popular in the mid-1960s. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subsciber
to my channel, click the Subscribe button at the lower, right corner or in my video’s
description below. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl or
Cmd + N or going to File and New. Make its Width and Height one point 5 inches
each and the resolution: 300 pixels per inch. The Color Mode is RGB and 8 bits per channel. Then, click “Create” or “Open”. To fit it onto your canvas, press Ctrl or
Cmd + 0. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. In this layer, we’ll create the first shape
of our pattern. After we create the basic design of the pattern,
we’ll place it onto four quadrants. To do this, go to View and make sure “Snap”
is checked. If it isn’t just click it to make it active. If you’re using a Photoshop version earlier
than CC, make sure “Rulers” is checked, as well. If you’re version is earlier than CC, I’ll
show you what to do in a minute. For CC and later, click “New Guide Layout”. Make the number of Columns and Rows, both
2 and leave everything else empty. For versions earlier than CC, go the top ruler and drag out a guideline until it snaps to the center. Go to the left ruler and do the same. Open your “Custom Shape Tool”. At the top, choose “Shape”. If you’re using CS5 or earlier, the Shape
Tool is here. The Fill is Black and the Stroke is empty. Open the Shape window and click the small gear icon. Choose whatever shape presets you’d like. If you want to see all of them at once, click
“All” I’ll click “Shapes”. When you see this message, click OK to replace
the current shapes with the shapes you just picked. I’ll click this one. Keep in mind: The shapes and colors that I’ll
be using in this tutorial are just examples. Feel free to adjust your pattern with any
shapes and colors you like and feel free to mix and match. Click the gear icon at the top. I’ll tick “Define Proportions” and check “From Center”. Go to the center of the guide lines and drag
out the shape. Double-click an empty area of the shape layer
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a color. You can always change it later if you want. Open your shapes again and pick another. I’ll pick this one. Go to the center and drag out this shape. I’d like the circle to go behind the square. You can place shapes over or under other shapes
by dragging their layers above or below other layers in the Layers panel. Double-click an empty area of this shape’s
layer to open its Layer Style window. Click, “Color Overlay”, the color box and
pick a color for this shape. Continue these steps to add shapes to your pattern and feel free to play with their opacities, as well. Once you have a pattern you like, we’ll reduce
its size and place them into four quadrants. To do this, scroll to the top of the Layers
panel and make the top shape layer active. Scroll to the bottom and Shift-click the bottom
shape to make all the shape layers active. We’ll place them into a folder by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + G. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to the bottom right corner of the Transform’s bounding box and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow,
press and hold the Shift key as you drag it to the upper, left quadrant making sure it’s
aligned with the guidelines. Then, press Enter or Return. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Press and hold Shift as you drag the copy to the right until it snaps to the right corner. Make another copy and drag it straight down
until it snaps to the lower, right corner. Make one more copy and drag it to the left
until it snaps in place. We can hide the guidelines by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H. Next, we’ll adjust the colors of each pattern. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click,
“Hue / Saturation”. An adjustment layer affects all the layers
beneath it in the Layers panel unless we clip it to the one layer beneath it. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows
or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac or click the Clipping Mask icon. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Now, our adjustment layer will only affect
the one folder beneath it. Drag the Hue slider to the left or right until you like the combination of colors for that particular pattern. Make the “copy 2” folder active. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and again,
click, “Hue / Saturation”. Clip it to that folder and adjust its hues. Repeat these steps with the top right pattern. We’ll place all 4 color combinations into
a folder, by making the top adjustment layer active and Shift-clicking the bottom folder. Press Ctrl or Cmd + G. We’ll save the pattern without the white background. Click the eyeball icon next to the white background
to hide it. Go to Edit and “Define Pattern”. I’ll type in, “Op Art”. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Create a new document. Make its Width and Height 12 inches and its
Resolution: 300 pixels per inch. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Pattern”. I’ll keep the Scale at 100%. Make a copy of the pattern and the background
by Shift-clicking the background to make it active, as well, and pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ J. Click the background copy and fill it with black by pressing Alt or Option + Delete,
which fills it with the foreground color. Make the original background active. We’ll fill it with 50% gray by pressing Shift
+ the F5 key at the top of your keyboard or by going to Edit and Fill. Open Contents and click “50% Gray”. If we hide the black background, we can see
the gray background behind the pattern. I’ll click the eyeball icon again to make
the black background visible again. We’ll convert the pattern copy and the black
background into one Smart Object, so we can distort its shape non-destructively. Go to Filter, Distort and “Spherize”. Make the Amount: 100% and click OK or press
Enter or Return. We’ll spherize it more by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F on Windows or Cmd + Option + F on a Mac. Press Enter or Return and invoke the filter
one more time. Open your “Elliptical Marquee Tool” and
go to a corner. Press and hold the “Shift” key as you
drag out a circular selection to the opposite corner. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the active layer, which masks out the pattern outside the sphere. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!