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Mar 10, 2015

How to Create a Futuristic Eye in Photoshop

A Glimpse into the Future

Start by making a new square document. This is very important for the next step! Create any lines or patterns that you would like, keeping in mind that they will soon be spun into a circle. Go to Filter – Distort – Polar Coordinates. Select “Rectangular to Polar” if you want a circle effect. These will be layered over the eye later, so play with different geometric shapes and placements!

For another layer of graphics, we found some cool pictures that resemble sound waves. You can apply the same Polar Coordinate Effect to these images as well! Drag them right onto the image and place them around the eye.

Blending Mode Tips:

  • If you want only the darks to show up from an image, use the Multiply blend mode.
  • If you want only the lights to show up from an image, use the Screen blend mode.
  • Soft light will help graphics blend in to your eye a little better.

Double click on a layer to bring up the Layer Style Dialogue. Select outer glow and make sure the blending mode is on “screen,” Feel free to bring the size and the opacity up, and change the color if you’d like. This will, as the name suggests, give your layer a nice outer glow.

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    Alejandro

    Really nice & fun! I had a good time playing around (y)
    Thanks PhLearn!

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    Mehmet Turan

    In 2014 or 2013 there has been a motion blur episode with a skateboard. Due to some limitations of PS back then it was difficult to make a round path blur. Maybe you can recreate a similar image with path blur? It would be nice to go over new features added to PS CC 2014 with examples.

    Greetings from Istanbul.

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    Steve Maguire

    Cool, something new to do with PS. Saw your shows at creative live, phenomenal as usual

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    Didrik

    Phlearn your tutorials make my day! You’re the first thing I look for when I get home from work

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      Phlearn

      Hi Didrik!

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Thank you for being a fan!!

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    Andreas

    I am using an older version of Photoshop, 5.5.
    When I select the Rectangle-tool, I dont have the options for stroke width, and so on.
    Is this something that comes along with the newer versions? Or am I just missing out on something? 🙂

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      Phlearn

      Hey Andreas! there are a LOT of new features in the later versions of Photoshop that may not be present in 5.5

      A lot of what we teach is relevant to the latest version which is CC2014 which you can get for less than 9.99$ a month now with our Adobe Affinity Partner Program! 😀

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      Phlearn

      Hi Andreas! Our tutorials have been verified for CS6 and up. They probably are 80-85% compatible with Cs5. If you’re interested in upgrading we recommend checking out Adobe Creative Cloud plans https://creative.adobe.com/plans. It’s what we use and will make following along much easier in the future! 🙂 If you have anymore questions feel free to email us at info@phlearn.com

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    John

    Hi,
    I was having a quick play around with an old image – attached.
    You can see the basic idea, however, the wings look pretty fake.
    I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to add and enhance these type of elements to make the image look better. Thanks

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    John Lennon

    that was fun! great episode! I need to somehow work this into with my wedding work. LOL. That’s a joke, webpeople!

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    Milan

    Loved this tutorial it was a lot of fun! Thanks. 😉 By the way it’s me on the photo in case you wondered. 🙂

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    Gary G

    I would like to learn how to do eye makeup in photoshop when the eyes already have way too much of the wrong kind of eye makeup.

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    Bill

    Very interesting episode. Thank you.

    Episode suggestion: Is there a good way to make a person skin look wet or sweaty? You know that sheen on a jogger’s skin after a long run. And maybe add a few dew drops as well.

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    Doug

    Great episode as usual.

    Episode idea: Would love to see some advice about selecting and using a graphic pen.

    Episode idea: I know you focus on Photoshop, put it would be cool to see you work your magic with Adobe’s new apps for the iPad. A cool one would be creating brushes on the iPad for use in Photoshop.

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    Jeff Kingston

    I was wondering what Phlearn think about the possibility of producing 3D tutorials. I know Aaron has expressed an interest in 3D, just wondering what the thoughts were. Zbrush tutorials would be a pretty fun thing 🙂

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      Phlearn

      Hi Jeff!

      We get a few requests for 3D and its something that we will keep in mind 🙂

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    Manu Attumm

    Aaron,
    You Rock into Future. You amaze me by your kaleidoscopic technique ‘n tons of skillful talents.

    Cheers,
    Mutta

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    Chris

    Hi Aaron,
    Thanks for all these awesome tutorials. Here’s my go at this one. I also combined this with the Riddick tutorial you did some time ago. It’s me in the photo. 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Chris

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    Kaitlyn Huirua

    I need help please! When I go to create the rectangles, i make sure that the fill is nothing, the stroke is black and to make it 10p, but when i go to create the rectangle/s, they are filled in black and sometimes has a white square in the middle, its really frustrating and I don’t know what I have done wrong.
    Please reply a.s.a.p because I only have the 30 day trial for photoshop.

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    brendan

    Great video thanks for sharing i was wondering have you any one`s Dispersion Effect Tutorial
    thanks for you time Brendan

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    brendan

    Happy birthday the 4th love your tutorials they are super i look forward to them keep up the good work here to the next 4 years

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    Karl Kreation

    Hello, I want to show you my first result but it seems like i can’t, it just won’t let me upload it. ( my picture is 1469×1817 – 1,2mb).

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      Phlearn

      Hi Karl!
      Try resizing your image to under 1MB and under 1000pixlels. We just updated our upload dimensions.

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    Marcie

    I worked on a project for my writing and i make graphics for them. But when learning how to do this effect it didn’t come out quite like yours I guess the biggest thing was finding textures to work with it. I think providing those or links to those would help a great deal. Though thank you for this informative tutorial. I helped me learn something new. Attached is my version.

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    vernjenn

    What do I need to do, like the source files to work at the projects. How to create a Futuristic Eyes.

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    juan

    Aaron, you have showed me how EASY but most importantly FUN Photoshop can be.

    Thank you!!!

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    Shivam Dikshit

    Look what my polar coordinates creating.how should i fix it?

  • vaggelis

    hello… you doing amazing job… i created something similar and i just want to share with you….

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    Andrés Marup

    Hello, anyone can help me where the images please? I appreciate.

    Hola, Alguien me puede ayudar donde esta las imagenes por favor? se lo agradezco

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    Nitin Mungale

    Your style of demonstrating any thing that can be done in photoshop is simply fascinating. Thank you for opening the doors of photoshop to everybody. Now all the big boys and big girls can play all day and all night in Photoshop!

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    Ian Boys

    Shot this recently with the new Venus 60mm macro. Thanks for all the tutorials …

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    Jerry Eberly

    I really enjoyed this tutorial. I tried doing it on a slightly smaller scale. Thanks for always creating fantastic content! Phlearn is the best