Here Kervin shows how he turned a basic illustration into a retro-futuristic artwork in Photoshop. You’ll use the Marquee and Pen tools to create various forms, and generate atmosphere with glow effects made using Adjustment layers and Layer Styles. You’ll also use motion blur for a dynamic feel.

Adjustment layers and layer masking allow for maximum manipulation with minimal risk, and the skills you learn will therefore be useful in a many projects. The effects here can also accentuate other kinds of subtle visual pull in compositions.

The project files include Kervin’s initial illustration plus the full layered PSD artwork. They may not be used for any commercial purpose.

Time to Complete

10-15 hours


Photoshop CS5 or later

Project Files

Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here.