Create simple light stripes effect in Photoshop

Create simple light stripes effect in Photoshop

Today I’m going to teach you a simple tutorial on creating a simple light stripes effect in Photoshop. The tutorial is simple and I think it’s suitable for Photoshop beginners too. Before getting into the steps, please take a look at the final result below. This light stripes effect looks cool in both dark and bright, hot and cold background too, so I think it’s a really cool and useful effect.

Besides that, you can also learn how you can add magic to your graphic designs with Photoshop.

The final result

Create simple light stripes effect in Photoshop - final


First open a new document at any size you like, but preferable more than 1000px wide and 1500px height or higher. Then fill up the background with Linear Gradient from top to bottom with light colors. In this example I use: #c6dfe5, #ffdfb3, #969391. Then, by using the Ellipse Shape Tool, draw out some ellipses in the same layer like picture below. Well it looks like a group of clouds.

Step 1

Duplicate the Shape Layer that created just now and hide the original layer (for backup purposes). Then, by selecting the duplicated Shape Layer which containing the clouds, right click the layer in Layers Palette and select “Rasterize Layer” to rasterize it. Immediate after this, apply Gaussian Blur on it with about 10px Radius.

Now we are entering the core step in this tutorial. After rasterizing and applying Gaussian Blur, now select the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and draw a selection at the most left part of the cloud. Then, hit Ctrl+T to turn the selection into Transform mode. You can drag the selection longer (press alt while dragging to get equal dragging on both top and bottom part) and hit Enter to complete the step. Now, marquee select the next part of the cloud and repeat the step until the end like picture below.

Step 2

The step above is to create multiple length of light stripes. For better result, you can marquee selects them with different sizes of width, for example, some fatter and some thinner. Besides dragging longer, you can also make them shorter too. You can also overlap the new selection with the previous one to create richer result. The picture below are the result of the select+drag step.

Step 3

Well, the result does not look good at this moment. So, in the final step, select the layer and open up Motion Blur window (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur). In here you can smooth out the blurring effect even more, shown in the picture below. I’m using the maximum 250px Distance to achieve the smoother light stripes. Well this is the reason to use a bigger height of canvas so that the blurring effect won’t get cut by the canvas boundary.

Now the light stripes effect is done! 😀

Step 4

Light Stripes in action examples

This light stripes effect are quite flexible to useful too as mentioned earlier. The first example below, you can also use it to create a color spectrum with dark background. While the second example showing the application of light stripes effect in web design. Looks cool isn’t it?

Light stripes become color spectrum

Light stripes in web design

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  • Vicente Sarmento (Brazil)

    Nice indeed!

  • bam_e

    makasih ya tutorialnya…klo ada lagi posting lagi..

    lagi belajar design ni..


  • Radhika

    Had seen many tutorials before but, a tutorial as exciting as this had made me utter the word ‘wow!’ while i was trying it out.

    Thank You 🙂

  • annub

    beautiful and easy to do~thanks for ur share

  • Knoxville Website Design

    Great tutorial. Amazing result. Thanks.

  • nitos

    nice effect and its freaking easy!!!!

  • chryssty

    I missed the part with “draw out some ellipses in the same layer”…if those are shapes they will be made in some other layers,right?how i’m supose to do them in just one layer?pls help!

  • jayhan

    Hi chryssty, when drawing the ellipse shapes, make sure that you checked this option (look at picture below) instead of the one on the left. With this checked, it will continue to add up the shapes in the same layer.

    check this option

  • chryssty


  • arashi

    thanks for your effort and sharing Jayhan

  • jayhan

    you are welcome 🙂

  • Allan

    Nice tutorial… tks.

  • jayhan

    thanks Allan!

  • Maxerateur

    Wow, this is simply amazing.
    I’ve never seen a tutorial like this: Awesome outcome and very easy to do!
    Thanks a lot!

  • Benjamin

    Woah. Great tutorial. I was able to pull this off in minutes. Awesome!

  • admin

    Thanks Benjamin!

  • Celes

    Cool!! i like it …well done man!!
    keep up the good work..!!

  • BeдьмoчкA

    Вообще, когда видишь такое, посещает мысль, а ведь это ж так просто, ну почему я это не смог придумать Респект автору 🙂

  • Prakash

    it’s good.

  • Webdesigner

    Wow, this looks very stylish indeed. Thanks a lot for posting this.

  • roarbb

    Great tutorial. Big thanks dude 😉

  • adler

    tnx verye good tutorial ^_^”

  • Alex C

    Great tutorial! One thing I didn’t do was to overlap the marquee selections, so I ended up with gaps between the bars. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

  • admin

    You are welcome!

  • Orthodontics Dnepr

    Nice effect, thanks a lot.

  • darnoji

    Fantastic tutorial…. Thanks

  • Ifeanyi

    Excellent tut… it very easy to understand and apply. kudos to you bro.

  • mS

    Thanks a lot. Nice tutorial