This tut will teach you how to make the concept art for my djent metal band, Abiogenesis!

Author’s Note: This tut will move really fast, so be ready for just the main points and be able to figure out the rest. Also, this is the first tutorial that I’ve made using Photoshop CS6, and some features that I used are new, but you can work around them. And by the way, you can click on all of these images to see them in a larger resolution!!!

Some Details

Difficulty Level: Advanced
Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes or so
Notes: This tutorial is not for the faint of heart. I will be moving very fast, so if you are not very comfortable with Photoshop, then perhaps this tutorial is not for you.

Final Result Preview

Step 1

Download a beach image. Open that sucker up in Photoshop and give it an “Iris Blur”. If you don’t have this blur option, then just make a duplicate of the layer, on the bottom layer give it a big blur (lens or gaussian should be fine) and on the top one make a mask and put a big soft blob in the middle so that only the middle of the non-blured layer remains. Try to get something like this:

Step 2

Duplicate the original beach image and put it on the top. Then go to “Unsharp” under sharpen, and bump it up to about 100%. Then set the opacity down to about 35%. You can also change the colors of the sky a little by going to “hue and saturation” and just sliding it around for the look you want, I went a little towards the green side for some cool looking greenish blue colors.

Step 3

Make a new layer on top, fill it with white, set it down to 50% opacity, and set the blending mode to Overlay. This is going to give it a dreamy washed out look.

Step 4

Download some fractal brushes or space ones, your choice. Put a couple towards the top like this. And before you do, make sure you make a new layer (on top), fill it with black, then use the brushes in white in the same layer.

Now set the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Add) and this is what it should look like.

Step 5

Download some grunge brushes. Add a couple of these in a new layer on top but don’t add the black like below… that’s just there so you can see where I put them.

Without the black it should look like this.

Step 6

Now for the text. You should make a text layer on top and get it to look how you like as far as orientation. Be sure you like it before you make it look like this. Okay, to get the effect, you need to make 3 total copies right on top of one another. The top two should be in all black color, and blending mode’s set to Overlay. On the bottom layer, pick very faint colors but keep it at a normal blending mode at 25% opacity. For the top text color I picked a light blue (#66b2cc) and for the bottom text I chose a grey one (#808080). The layer with the actual colors should be a the bottom of the 3, and the two with all black and overlay should be on top.

AND CONGRATS! You’re all set. I’ve attached a .psd so you can see all the layers in case you got confused (they’re shown in the pictures as well, but if you want a very accurate view haha).

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