Create an abstract effect for photos in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create an abstract effect for a photo. For beginners it may seem difficult to create this effect, but it is not. We will learn to use some of the functions of Photoshop to achieve this effect in a few steps and understand its logic, since this effect is often used in many areas: advertising agencies, photographers, graphic designers, films and magazines.

Note: Some images are missing from the source of the lesson. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the materials for the lesson.

Step 1

Create a new document 1920 x 1080 px, resolution 300 dpi with a white background. Then add an adjustment layer by going to the menu. Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient(Layer – New Layer – Fill – Gradient).

Choose a tool Ellipse tool (U) (Ellipse) and create a circle.

Then, holding down the Alt key, create another circle in the center. Tool Path selection tool (A) (Outline selection) move the outline to the center.

Adjust the contour scale (Ctrl + T).

Translator’s Note: easier to do so with the tool PathSelectionTool (BUT) (Outline selection) select the outline of the first created shape, then press Ctrl + C(copy) – Ctrl + V (paste) – Ctrl + T and hold down Shift + Alt. Enter – accept the transformation. On the top bar, select the option Subtract Front Shape (Subtract front shape).

In the same way, create a second smaller circle and one more, but without subtraction. Rename the layers to Ellipse 1, Ellipse 2, and Ellipse 3.

Step 2

Open the model image and move to the working document.

Duplicate the layer twice (Ctrl + J) and displace each layer as shown below. Rename the layers to 1, 2, and 3.

Select layer 1, load the selection of the Ellipse layer 1, hold down Ctrl and click on the layer icon.

With active selection on layer 1, add a layer mask by going to the menu Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection (Layer – Layer – Mask – Show Selected Area).

Repeat this action for other layers. Hide the visibility of layers with ellipses by clicking on the eye near the layer thumbnails.

From the downloaded set of brushes, select a brush and hide the parts of the images as shown below by masking layers 1 and 2.

Step 3

Add to the work of other shapes.

Create a layer mask for some layers with shapes and paint them using the same brush.

Step 4

Above all layers create a correction layer by going to menuLayer > NewAdjustmentLayer > Curves (Layer – New adjustment layer – Curves). Adjust the curves as shown below.

Step 5

Open and move the flare texture to work.

Change the blending mode to Screen (Screen).

Translator’s Note: On the layer mask, remove the flare in places where you think that it is not needed.

Finally, add an adjustment layer by going to the menu Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Lookup (Layer – New adjustment layer – Search for color). Select the LateSanset.3DL preset. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) up to 27%.

The final result.

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