Tuesday, September 02, 2014

How to Create a Retro Sunburst in Photoshop

I originally had this tutorial posted on one of my old sites and decided to post it here.

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a retro sunburst. This tutorial was used to create the Mobile Banking ad for FNB Bank
fnb-mobile-banking

 

Create a new document (For this tutorial I used a document size of 1600×1600 at 300 dpi)

sunburst_tutorial_new

Create a New Layer

Set the foreground and background colors (I used #f9b048 for the foreground and #f6e876 for the background)

With Layer 1 selected choose the gradient tool. Make sure Linear Gradient is selected.

sunburst_tutorial_gradienttool

Start from the bottom, click and drag mouse vertically to the top (hold the shift key for a perfectly straight line).

sunburst_tutorial_gradient

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave and apply the following settings:

sunburst_tutorial_wavesettings

The result will be something like this:

sunburst_tutorial_waveresult

To change the size of the vertical bars you can vary the wavelength. Wavelength min and max must be the same for the vertical bars to be equal size.

Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and select the following:

sunburst_tutorial_polarsettings

Your final result should look like this:

sunburst

You can play around with the different settings to get slightly altered effects.  I hope this tutorial has helped to give you some new ideas.