I had been seeing this type of background a lot lately. I’m still not entirely sure how to title this triangular network of lines connected by dots in an abstract web. After doing some searching I found that there is a plugin for Adobe After Effects called Plexus that generates this and other particle effects. Not having After Effects myself, it wanted to create my own version of this effect in Illustrator. This is how I came about creating this product:
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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to customize Transfuchsian’s Geometric Triangular Network backgrounds. We will be choosing one of the 5 files and adding some custom text to it.
Step 1: Start by loading up one of the Illustrator files that came with the download. The original files are located in the folder named AI files. For this tutorial, I am using the file named Plexus5.ai.
Step 2: The first thing to note is that most of the triangle shapes that make up the web are full shape objects, which means that if you want, you can apply a fill to some of the triangle shapes. I am going to select a few of the triangles randomly and apply a white fill to them.
Step 3: Here is the full design with more of the triangles filled in. Once I am done I select all of the filled triangles and lower the opacity down to around 75%.
Step 4: Now, we can continue on in Illustrator, but the truth is, moving the design over to Photoshop to apply the blurs and giving the image more depth is going to be so much quicker and easier. So, go ahead and hide the background layer so that you are left with just the “dots” and “lines” layers. Go to File > Export. You will get a pop-up window. Under “Save as type” change it to .PNG and hit Save. When the next window pops up, select High (300ppi). Make sure the background color is set to Transparent and hit OK.
Step 5: Switch over to Photoshop and open up a new document. Set the foreground color to #3f3f3f and the background to black. Select the Gradient tool (G). Change the gradient type to Radial. Click and drag to fill the background with a radial gradient.
Step 6: Place your background .PNG file over the gradient. I like to use File > Place. Hit Enter after your file is positioned where you want it to be. I’m also going to Rasterize the layer (right click on the placed layer and go to “Rasterize Layer”).
Step 7: Now to blur everything up a little bit. Copy your lines layer and with the copied layer selected, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to around 6px just enough to make the lines look like they are glowing a little.
Step 8: Make a copy of the layer you just blurred and drag under the other two layers. Pull up the Transform (ctrl + T) and rotate it to the side a little and enlarge it. You can leave it just a little blurry, or blur it more. I want the background to be a little less detailed, so I apply Gaussian Blur again at about 8 px.
Step 9: Now for the text. Create a new layer above all of the background layers. I am going to create two styles for the text (like what is shown in the Featured image of the product on Creative Market). Start by typing out your first word. The font I am using here is called Caviar Dreams and can be found on fontsquirrel (click here).
Step 10: Open the layer style for the first word and click on “Outer Glow”. Blend mode normal, Opacity 75%, Noise 5%. Click on the color of the glow and set it to a dark gray #2b2b2b. Spread set to 8%, size 18px. Hit OK
Step 11: Make a copy of this layer and place it under the original layer. Rasterize the type by right clicking on the layer and click on “Rasterize type”. Also clear the layer style. Then apply a Gassian blur at around 10-12px.
Step 12: Create a new layer and type out your second word. This is the same font set to bold. In the Layer Style dialog, apply the same outer glow settings that you did for the other word. I also applied a stroke set to 3 px, position “outside” Blend mode “normal” opacity 100%.
Step 13: In the layer panel, I also set the “fill” of this layer to 33% so the inside area of the letters are a little see-through.
Step 14: Make a copy of this layer and move it under the original, rasterize the type, clear the layer style and apply a Gassian Blur. This time I applied the Gassian blur at around 30 px.
Congratulations, you are done!
Have fun and experiment with the different files included in the download.