Abstract poster from a photo in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful abstract poster. You will learn about working with abstract elements. You will learn how to create patterns, as well as experiment with different shapes and colors.

Final result

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Step 1

Create a new document, fill it with white. The ratio of width to height is 2/3, but you can set dimensions as you like.

Create a selection around the model image, and then move the selected image to our working document, placing it in the center of the composition:

Step 2

To the model layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar. Next, with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), select the lower part of the model:

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Next, being on the layer mask of the layer, use a hard black brush to hide the selected area:

Step 3

Next, we will retouch the skin of the model. On the model layer, press the keys (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer:

Choose a tool Finger ( Smudge Tool), value Intensity (Strength) approximately 16% to soften the skin on certain areas of the face, especially on the cheeks and in the nose:

Step 4

Create a new layer as a clipping mask. Select brush, brush color # dba082, opacity (opacity) and pressure (flow) approximately 29-37%. Using this brush, lighten the shadow on the cheek of the model on the right side (to the right, as viewed from the side of the observer):

Step 5

Create another new layer as a clipping mask. Using a brush, brush color # 7b5239 with the same opacity and pressure settings, paint over the cheeks, nose, corners of the lips and chin to make the skin look smoother, and also to have a smaller and longer nose:

Step 6

Add a correction layer to the model layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the model image. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation):

Step 7

In this step, we will create a color pattern that replaces the white background. Create a new document, fill it with any color you like. You can use your own document size, but this document should be the same size as the main working document or larger in size.

Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool), in the settings activate the option Layer layer (Shape Layers) (do not activate the option Contours (Paths). Draw some colored shapes. Choose the color of the figures at your discretion, do not worry if some of the figures are contrasting. In the screenshot below, this is my choice of color shades, which you can use as a base:

Step 8

Merge all layers with shapes into one layer (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E), and then move the merged layer to our working paper with the model. Place the patterned layer below the model layer.

Name the merged layer “pattern” or in your own name this layer.

Step 9

Create a new layer on top of the patterned layer. Using tool Oval area (Ellipse Tool), color # c3c3c3, draw a circle behind the model. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), layer opacity 50%:

Step 10

Create a new layer on top of the circle layer. Change the foreground color as well as the background color to # db829d and # 2e82c3 respectively. Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), create a selection in the form of a triangle in the right corner of the image:

Let’s go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds):

Next, go Filter – Sketch – Halftone Pattern (Filter> Sketch> Halftone Pattern):

Step 11

Create a new layer. Create a selection on the left side of the image, fill the selected area with a color tint # ffa329:

Double click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Overlap pattern(Pattern Overlay):

Create a new layer, select the tool. Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool). Using this tool, create a selection inside the created shape that we created in the previous step. Fill the selection with a color tint # ffa329:

Apply option Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay):

In this step, we will create abstract lines that we add to our picture. Open Illustrator, create a new document, background color is white. Install Fill (Fill) on option No attributes (None), and also set the value Strokes (Stroke) 1 pt. Choose a tool Arc (Arc Tool) hold the key Tilde (Tilde key (~) when using this tool to get the same pattern as in the screenshot below:

Step 14

Press the keys (Ctrl + A), and then (Ctrl + C) to copy the resulting pattern, then let’s go back to Photoshop. Press the keys (Ctrl + V) to paste the copied image onto our working document. Select an option Paste as Smart Object (Paste As Smart Object) and then apply the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) for image rotation and scaling:

Using a layer mask, hide the extra line sections:

Step 15

Draw a circle to the left of the model, fill color # 191919:

Name this layer “Circle 2 ?.

Step 16

Inside the ‘Circle 2’, draw a smaller circle. Fill it with black.

Double click on the layer with the circle, in the appeared window select the option Overlay Gradient(Gradient Overlay):

Result:

Name this layer “Circle 3 ?.

Step 17

Open the texture set with the stars. I chose the texture “starry 1 ?. Move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of two dark circles:

Change the blending mode for the layer with the texture of stars to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), 100%. Using a layer mask, hide the texture behind the outer contour of the circles:

Step 18

To enhance the effect, add a correction layer to the star texture layer. Levels (Levels) as a clipping mask:

Create a new layer, then hold down (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the vector mask of the ‘circle 3’ layer to load the active selection (I temporarily turned off the visibility of the layer with the ‘model’ group to make it easier to see):

Next, go Editing – Perform Stroke (Edit> Stroke), stroke color is white:

Step 20

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur) to soften the stroke:

Using a layer mask, hide part of the stroke, and also reduce the opacity of the stroke to create a shine effect, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 21

Open the set of spheres. Choose one of the spheres. Move the selected sphere to our working paper, placing it inside circle 3 after scaling:

Step 22

Open the spray set. I chose a spray of green. Place the spray over the circles:

With the help of layer masks, spend combining splashes with circles:

Add an adjustment layer to the spray layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Step 24

Add an adjustment layer to the spray layer. Curves (Curves) to darken the spray and to make the spray match the dark circles:

Step 25

Open the image with a bunch of flowers. Cut out the bouquet, and then move the selected image of flowers to our working paper, placing it at the bottom of the model image. Place a layer with a bouquet of flowers on top of the layer with the ‘model’ group.

Duplicate the layer with a bouquet of flowers, increase the scale of the duplicate layer, rotate the layer with the duplicate colors, arranging the duplicate so as to close the coat of the model:

Step 26

Select 2 layers with colors and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Change the blending mode for this layer with the group from the mode Skip (Pass Through (overlay mode for default group) on Normal (Normal), 100%. Inside the created group, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to change the contrast of colors:

Step 27

Create a new layer below the ‘flowers’ group. Choose a tool Figures (Shape Tool), select the Triangle shape pattern. Draw a figure below the model. Color of a figure – white:

Using a layer mask, hide one side of the triangle:

Step 28

Apply the option to the triangle layer. Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay):

Step 29

Using tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U), draw some white lines, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 30

Group all layers with lines into one group. Using transformation (Ctrl + T), rotate the lines:

To the layer with the ’line’ group, add a layer mask. Using a hard black brush, break the lines as shown in the screenshot below:

Reduce the opacity of the layer with the ‘line’ group to 80%:

Step 31

Right-click on the layer with the ‘line’ group and in the window that appears, select the option Duplicate group (Duplicate Group). Next, right-click again on the bottom layer with the group and in the window that appears, select the option Merge group (Merge Group). Using tool Move (Move Tool), move the lines to the left:

Step 32

Press the keys (Ctrl + I) to invert the color of the lines from white to black, and then reduce the layer opacity to 30%:

Step 33

Open the color pattern that we used as the background. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), select a part of the pattern. And then with the tool Move (Move Tool), move the selected part of the pattern, placing the model on top of one of the lenses of the sunglasses:

Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas of the pattern:

Step 34

To this part of the pattern, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to slightly change the color of the pattern:

Step 35

Next, add a color pattern to the second lens of sunglasses:

Step 36

For the second layer with a color pattern, I used an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance):

Step 37

First, create a selection of sunglasses lenses, and only then go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves):

Next, go to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 20%, reduce the effect of the curves in the center of the lens of sunglasses. In the screenshot below, you can see the result of processing on the layer mask and the final result on the image:

Step 38

Open image with abstract shapes. I chose a shape that can be seen in the screenshot below. Place the figure on the left above the model’s head:

Double-duplicate the layer with the abstract shape by placing duplicate layers as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 39

Next, go to the layer mask of the model layer. Using a black brush, hide the extra fragments of the model’s hair:

Step 40

Create a new layer below the shape layer that we added in the previous step. Using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 30-35%, draw shadows from the shapes on the frontal part of the model:

Step 41

Select another abstract shape from the set. Place this shape over the model’s head:

Using the layer mask, hide the left side of the abstract shape:

Step 42

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Using a soft brush, brush color # f600b9, paint over colors. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Light replacement (Lighten), 100%:

Step 43

Create another new layer on top of all other layers. Using a soft brush, brush color # f759a7, paint over colors again. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Light replacement (Lighten), 100%:

Step 44

Create a new layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # f600b9, paint over the model’s image: shoulder, arm, neck and model’s face. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Light replacement (Lighten), 100%:

Step 45

To give our picture a retro style, I added an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers:

Step 46

I added another adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to enhance the effect:

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 20%, reduce the contrast on the skin of the model:

Step 47

Final step: Press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to merge all visible layers. Being on the combined layer, we go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask):

We have completed the lesson! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Final result

Author: Jenny Le

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