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Create funky backgrounds with Photoshop's Polar Coordinates filter (CS/CS2/CS3/CS4)

Added on Wednesday 26th of May 2010 02:33 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows



Background patterns have many uses including sprucing up your collages and other Photoshop designs. But you don’t have to always rely on stock art, you can create your own funky background design with the help of Photoshop’s Polar Coordinates filter.


To create a funky background in Photoshop:

1. Create a new Photoshop document.

2. Your pattern will have two colors. Fill the canvas with the first color of your choice, then set the foreground color to the second color of your choice. We filled our canvas with a bright green and set the foreground color to a darker green.

3. Choose the Gradient tool from the Tools panel and select the Linear Gradient button on the tool Options bar.

4. Select the Transparent Stripes preset gradient and click and drag on your document window to fill it with the gradient. The direction you click and drag is up to you. You can see our example in Figure A.