This tutorial helps you create distorted digital waves with a slightly different end result every time. Making your image larger than it needs to be gives you flexibility to crop the best area out for your final graphic.

Step 1

Open a new image with a transparent background. Press D on your keyboard.

Step 2

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds, then Filter > Render Difference Clouds.

Step 3

Press Ctrl and hold down whilst you press F. Do this 3 times.

Step 4

Go to Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone and change your settings to these:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5

Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and make sure Rectangular to Polar selected. You should have something like this:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 6

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur with the following settings:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 7

Go to Distort > Wave and copy these settings:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 8

Keep pressing Randomise until you get a ‘thumb’ or pattern that looks sort of like the one above, in the small box.

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 9

Go Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Check the Colourise box and change the Hue to whatever colour you like. Change the Saturation to 25 and the Lightness to 0. Alternatively see my colourising tutorial for more details on changing the colour.

Step 10

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer then in your Layer Palette (bottom right of your Photoshop screen), change the blending of your new layer to Overlay:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial

Step 11

Go to Layer > Flatten Image, then save. Here’s mine:

Distorted Waves Photoshop Tutorial