Glassmorphism in Photoshop and Ai


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The design industry is rapidly changing with each passing year. If you go back to just five years in the past, you will notice how much our industry evolved from then trending flat designs, minimalism, fancy typography, and responsiveness. Every year comes with trending styles that better user experience. Like every year, this year also will bring lots of fresh changes that will rock the designing community. 

Today I am going to talk about one such trend – Glassmorphism, which has the potential to be the most trending style of the year (or maybe earlier years of this decade). 

What is Glassmorphism? 

Glassmorphism is an effect simulating glass-like foreground. In simple words, it is a light or dark layer with low opacity, placed on top of the colorful (often gradient) background to achieve the frosted glass effect. This effect helps users determine the hierarchy of elements and gives a more vertical appearance. 

Unlike it sounds, achieving this effect is super easy. Here I am gonna teach you how to achieve this effect in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 


Step 1: 

Create an artboard and fill it with a grey color.

photoshop art board

Step 2: 

Start with the basic shape. 

Give it a white color and 50px Radius. 

Step 3: 

Select shape layer and go to > filter > blur > gaussian blur. 

filter menu

Step 4: 

Add Radius amount around 4 to 5. 

Here I am setting it for 4.5. 

gaussian blur

Step 5: 

Now add gradient background so the effect can be clearly visible. 

To do so, go to the fx > gradient overlay.

adding gradient to an image

Step 6: 

Choose your preferred colors. 

Here I’ve used purple and blue. 

gradient colored background

Step 7: 

The layer will be plain white. You won’t see anything right now. 

Select the white layer and decrease fill to around 40. 

decreasing fill property

an effect simulating a glass

Step 8: 

To make it more realistic, go to fx > stroke. 

Add stroke as shown in the image. 

adding a stroke

setting an opacity at 43%

Now you will see the difference. 

you will achieve a glass like image

Congratulations! You’ve just applied the glassmorphism effect in Photoshop. 

Now let’s do it in Adobe Illustrator. 

Adobe Illustrator

Step 1: 

Create an artboard with a size you prefer. 

Here I have created it with 4000 x 2000 px. 

Step 2: 

Create a same-sized rectangle and fill it with gradient colors. 

adding a gradient background

a gradient background image

Step 3: 

Now create a new shape with white fill and no stroke. 

Add some border-radius to it. 

add a new shape with white fill and border radius,

Step 4: 

Click on Effect menu > go to Blur > Gaussian Blur. 

applying a gaussian blur

Step 5: 

Apply 5px radius to its corners and click ok.

 applying 5px radius to an image

Go to the Appearance panel and decrease the opacity to 70%. 

decreasing opacity by 70%

Step 6: 

Now add a white to white gradient to the shape and decrease the opacity of one color by 60%. 

adding white to white gradient to the foreground shape

Add 8px white stroke to make it more realistic. 

adding 8px stroke

And your glassmorphism effect is ready. 

you will get a glassmorphism effect in Ai

Wrapping up 

What are your thoughts on Glassmorphism? Will it last longer than a year? or some other trend will replace it? Do let us know your opinion about this in the comment section below and don’t forget to share this article with your designing enthusiast friends. 

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