Learn to Create Abstract Explosion in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will try to deliver a technique that will help you to create Abstract Explosion effect using a very simple and scalable method. Though I am using Photoshop CS3, any version will work. Here you will learn how to create an Abstract Explosion effect using the many filters. I hope you will like this tutorial. Feel free and share your comments with us.

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Tutorial Details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Mins

Create Abstract Explosion in Photoshop: Final Preview

Create Abstract Explosion

Tool and Resources

Tool and Resources


Following photoshop tool are used in this tutorial.

  • Rectangular Marquee Tool

Let’s start to create our abstract explosion tutorial,

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, and create a new Photoshop document. I am going to create a new document of 800 x 800 px with Black #000000 color.

Abstract Explosion

Step 2

Take a new layer (Ctrl+N) and select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), draw a rectangular as like my picture below.

Draw a Rectangular

Fill this rectangular with white color #ffffff.

Filling Rectangular

Step 3

Remove rectangular selection with (Ctrl+D) and now applying filter on rectangular layer.

Filter > Stylize > Wind.

Wind Filter

After applying wind filter, we get a cool effect.

Applying Wind Filter

Press (Ctrl+F) two more times to repeat filter.

Repeat Filter

Step 4

Apply again Filter > Stylize > Wind, but change direction to From the Left.

Wind Filter
Applying Wind Filter

Press (Ctrl+F) two more times to repeat filter.

Again Apply Wind Filter

Step 5

Rotate this rectangular to horizontal position, go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW.

Rotate Rectangular

Apply Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.

Polar Coordinates

After applying this Polar Coordinates filter our rectangular will be changed in circle.

Polar Coordinates Filter

Step 6

To create a full circle we duplicate the current circle layer with (Ctrl+J). Now rotate the duplicate circle layer, go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW.

Duplicate The Circle Layer

Step 7

Now we will merge the original circle layer and duplicate circle layer together selecting both layers and pressing (Ctrl+E). Then apply Filter > Distort > Spherize.

Spherize Filter

After applying Spherize filter our circle expand in size.

Applying Spherize Filter

Step 8

Now we will apply Radial Blur filter on circle.

Filter > Blur > Radial Blur:

Radial Blur
Applying Radial Blur Filter

Step 9

We are going to create background for explosion effect. Create a new layer and apply Filter > Render > Clouds:

Clouds Filter

Step 10

Now we will applying Pinch filter on the clouds layer.

Filter > Distort > Pinch:

Pinch Filter
Applying Pinch Filter

Applying this filter two more times with (Ctrl+F).

Pinch Filter

Step 11

Change color of this layer, go to Images > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.


After applying the Hue/Saturation option, we change the opacity of this layer from layers panel till 60%. After changing opacity we have get very amazing and wonderful Abstract Explosion effect as like in final preview below.

Final Preview

Create Abstract Explosion

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