Breakdance with Photoshop

Learn to create in Photoshop an abstract work with a dancer. Good luck!

Preview of the final result

Materials for the lesson:

Source images
For this tutorial, I used images from depositphotos. You can use them for free if you sign up for a trial period. You can also use the alternative.

Step 1. Create a background with Width (Width) 1000px and High (Height) 1500px, Mode (Mode) RGB and 72 dpi. Then double click the lock icon to unlock Background (Background) layer and click on the Fx icon in the layers palette to add Gradient (Gradient). Use the settings shown below.

Step 2. It’s time to add some texture to the background. Create New layer (New Layer) and name it Texture Fx (Texture). Go to menu Filter (Filter) – Noise (Noise) – Add noise (Add Noise), Effect (Amount) 400 px, Distribution (Distribution) Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) (Gaussian) and tick the option Monochrome (Monochromatic), then click OK. Now go to menu Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), set the value Radius (Radius) at 35 px, click Ok.
Create Layer mask (Layer Mask) and use a gray brush with soft edges, Opacity (Opacity) layer 33%.

Step 3. Now add more depth. Create a new layer and name it Dark Ground. Press G to bring up the tool. Gradient (Gradient) select Radial Gradient (Radial Gradient), apply the same colors as the background, click on the center of your image and draw a line up to create a gradient. Press Ctrl + T and warp your gradient, as shown in the image below. Use the tool Dimmer (Burn) (O) if you want to darken the base even more.

Step 4. Create New layer (New Layer) and name it Squares Ground (Square Foundation), add the squares to the base, using Freehand shapes (Custom Shape). Now press U and select the tool. Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape). Among the options, select Tile 4 (Mosaic 4). Hold down the Shift key while drawing, then fill the shape with black.

Then press Ctrl + T again, Warp (Distort) and apply Perspective (Perspective) to his figure.

After that set the layer in mode Overlap (Overlay), click on the create icon Layer masks (Layer Mask) and apply Linear Gradient (Linear Gradient) (press G) to mask the top, as shown below.

Step 5. It’s time to add our dancer, stock image from the site DepositPhotos, you can get it for free by signing up for a test period. Use Photoshop tools to cut the image. I used the tool Pen (Pen) (P). After I cut out the image, put the girl in the center of the canvas and start working on it. Press and hold the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the image to load the selection. Now create New layer (New Layer) and name it Shadow (Shadow), fill the selection with black, then press Ctrl + T and Warp (Distort) image as shown in the image below.

Apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with Radius (Radius) 35 px and click Ok. Click on the creation icon Layer masks (Layer Mask) to create Layer mask (Layer Mask) for a layer with a shadow. Use a soft brush and mask part of the shadow. Now create a blurred shadow by duplicating the Shadow layer and applying Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Motion blur (Motion blur) with By angle (Angle) 0o and Offset (Distance) 999 px. Use the tool Move (Move) (V) to adjust the position and reapply the layer mask to the duplicated layer.

Now let’s fix the shadow of the sneaker. Load a new selection by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the thumbnail of the dancer layer.
Create New layer (New Layer) and name it Shoe Shadow (Shoe Shadow). Take the tool Brush (Brush) (B) small size with soft edges, black and Opacity (Opacity) 20%. Slowly begin to draw only the bottom of the sneaker, as shown in the image below.

Step 6. Create another layer and name it Abstract Lines. Now select the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso) and start creating any shapes at your discretion. Do not be afraid to create your own shapes, although you can focus on the images presented as an example. So, using the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso) start creating the first image. When you finish drawing the shape, take a color swatch from the girl’s pants and fill it with the selection.

You can expand or resize the shape, if you think that it will look better, just press Ctrl + T. Finally, press Ctrl + G and group these shapes together.

Step 7. Create another layer under the Abstract Lines layer. Call it Splatters (Spray), download any set of brushes in the form of splashes on the link in the archive. Use the cut-and-paste technique to create this simple effect. On a new layer, apply a brush anywhere, then hold down the Ctrl key, click on the thumbnail of the spray layer to create a selection and make this layer invisible (click on the small eyelet icon opposite).
Now move this selection to your pants and press Ctrl + C to cut and Ctrl + V to paste. Use this technique to create more effect with splashes. Use different brushes from the set and at the end remove the layers with the original splashes that have visibility turned off. Now press Ctrl + G to group the layers together.

Step 8. This is a simple step. Create a new layer above the Splatter layer, name it Lights (Glare) and a soft round white brush with a size of 200 px paint over the area shown in the image below.

Now create another layer, brush 0ba0a9, 400 px in size over white spots with a brush, set the layer mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge). At your discretion, you can use more lighting effects in other areas. Simply and easily.

Step 9. Also an easy step. Create New layer (New Layer) under a layer of Lights (Glare). All you need is a tool. Pen (Pen) (P) and a little patience. Using this tool, draw several lines in the dancer’s hair, as shown in the image below.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush) with hard edges, 2-3 px, now press P again to select the tool Pen (Pen) (P) and with the active contour, right-click, select from the menu Perform a stroke (Stroke Path), tick the option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure), click Ok.

Step 10. Create New layer (New Layer) under the Line Fxs layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush) (B) and open Brush panel (Brush Panel) (F5). Set the following brush settings.
Brush Print Form (Brush type shape): Intervals (Spacing) 500 px;
Shape dynamics (Shape dynamics): Size fluctuation (Size Jitter) 100% and Minimum diameter (Minimum Diameter) 13 px;
Scattering (Scattering): set the scattering parameter to Both axes (Both axes), 1000% and counter (count) by 1. Take a color swatch from the clothes and start drawing. Look at the image below.

Step 11. Create New layer (New Layer) above the layer with abstract lines and name this layer Ring Leg. Use the tool Oval (Ellipse) (U), click inside your document and, while holding the Shift key, draw a perfect circle. Then press Ctrl + T and slightly deform / change the perspective of the circle on the model’s foot. In the layers palette, click on the Fx icon to add a layer style. Now follow the settings below to add External glow (Outer Glow). Use yellow fcf163. Now duplicate the layer. Is done.

Step 12. In this step, I created my own figures. You can use mine or create your own. Create another layer below the main image and with the tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape) (U) Draw shapes in your document. Do not forget to take a color swatch to match it with the model. You can navigate to the image below to see where I placed the shapes.

You can also use the tool Ellipse (Ellipse) while holding the Shift key to draw a circle, then right-click and select stroke (stroke). Use Eraser (Eraser) (E) with a diameter of 3-4 px. Erase some parts of the circle, as in the image below.

Step 13. You can create another layer under the model layer and download some technical brushes. I used this kit. Use the brush where you want.

Step 14. Another layer behind the model. Now call it Big Circle. Apply one of the circles behind the model’s head. Use the tool Eraser (Eraser) with a low value Opacity (Opacity) and erase part of the circle as shown below.

Step 15. Create another layer above the model layer. Use the circle of lines that I created, hold down the Shift key, draw a perfect circle. Put this circle on the main image, as I showed below:

Then right-click and select a selection. With the active selection, click on the layer with the image and (Ctrl + C) copy and (Ctrl + V) paste. Use the tool Move (Move) (V) to move it a little. Repeat this process in other areas, if you see fit.

So, that’s all … I hope you enjoyed the lesson!

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Author: Ricardo RFX (Rio de Janeiro / Brazil)

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