40 Cool Abstract and Background Photoshop Tutorials

Attractive backgrounds to any graphics, banners or ads are relatively important. Getting the correct theme, whether it’s an abstract art, vector, or texture pattern, it somehow makes the entire artwork looks more interesting.

Some might not have noticed the great roles background images have played. For instance, forumites uses cool design background before messages in their forum signatures; some product graphic advertisements uses light subtle background to help create focus point; your website and desktop need nice backdrops too. Sometimes when I get a little limited by the amount of content I can insert onto an ad design, I’ll paint a light background behind it so the entire creative don’t look so empty.

Here’s 40 really nice abstract and background design Photoshop tutorials you might want to take a look at. It’s probably not about getting the exact effect they’ve got, but to pickup the technique and see how you can advance from there.

Looking for more photoshop tutorials? Here’s what we’ve previously compiled:

Abstract Signature
Learn how to create a detailed signature using several filters and effects.

Chroma Wallpapers
How to create a energetic, vibrant, colorful wallpaper

Windows Vista Aurora Effect
How to create the Vista aurora effects in Photoshop.

Abstract Walkthrough

Luminescent Lines
This technique is fairly simple and is a great way to create an abstract wallpaper or looks good integrated into another image.

Abstract Background of Colored Bars
Short but attractive way to create a graphic for backgrounds, wallpapers, greeting cards, designs, and all that other good stuff.

Leopard Aurora Borealis
Not exactly the Mac OSX Leopard aurora wallpaper, but great effects to create something simillar.

Brilliant Light Streaks
Simple technique for creating brilliant light streaks which can be used in different ways to add motion and brightness to your designs.

Space Lighting effects
How to create a space scene with some nice Lighting Effects in 10 Steps.

Calculations And Colorization
How to create an Alpha Channel using the Calculations dialog and we’ll use it to get a really great abstract photo effect.

Abstract image tutorial
Create a beautiful and extraordinary effect with some simple steps.

Cool abstract background
Create abstract background from bubbles and waves.

Abstract Light Rays

Yet another abstract signature

Abstract Summer Illustration
Learn to create an illustration picturing the summer.

Swoshy lines
How to make an abstract ribbon-like effect using only Adobe Photoshop.

Abstract Energy Lines
How to create some energetic lines you can use to create more lively digital creations.

Easy Abstract Photoshop Tutorial
How to create a very simple abstract shape using a few brushes and effects.

The lightning effect

Intense Solar Flare (Filter) Effect

Signature tutorial Movement

Abstract Art Piece: "Lonium"
In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll be walking through the process of making an abstract artwork, using abstract 3D renders, textures, and more.

Light Rays
Create a fantastic light ray background texture

Abstract Background

The OS X Wallpaper
Learn to create the iconic wallpaper using effects, gradients, masks and blurring.

Digital Art Piece

Grungy Metal Texture
How to make some grungy metal with a star

Signature Backgrounds

Abstract Airbrushing

Wallpaper Effect
This tutorial walks you through steps in creating a warped effect that you can use to create artistic and profressional background and wallpapers.

Trendy Background Textures
Simple technique using brush strokes for making some trendy background

Digital Star Effect

Stripy Abstract Wallpaper
Simple effect that can come in really handy.

Magic light streak wallpaper in photoshop

Mac-type background
This tutorial is about making a "mac" style background.

Colourful swirl

Colorful Tornado

Firey Explosion
Spice up your space art with this explosive tutorial

Abstract Artsy Background