Create Smooth Colorful Backgrounds Photoshop Tutorial

Learn the power and advantage of 16 bit mode in this Adobe Photoshop tutorial!

We’ll create a perfectly smooth multi-blended colorful background that is perfect for your next web design project or UI design project using simple tools in Photoshop!

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Tutorial Recording Notes:

Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. New document 3840×2160 at 300dpi and 16bit
  2. New layer for each color.
  3. Paint the larger swaths of color first and then add layers and colors on top of this main color(s)
  4. Paint some pink on a layer,
  5. Then blue,
  6. Then red/dull, dark pink,
  7. Then dark blue,
  8. Then yellows
  9. Blur each layer 300px gaussian blur
  10. Select all layers and duplicate them and add a second 300px blur to the copies we just made
  11. Add 0.5% black to white noise to each layer of color
  12. Show a version of this on a 72dpi, 8bit PSD and show the banding difference.
  13. Drop in the “toppings” and wrap the project up with a quick export to multiple sizes for all types of use.