Abstract collage in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstraction with a deer in Photoshop. You will learn how to combine abstract elements, work with textures and create light effects.

Final result

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. Apply the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Step 2

Press the keys (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer. Press key (G) to activate the tool. Gradient (Gradient Tool). Install Radialgradient (Radial Gradient), the gradient colors are # a3a3a3 and # f0f0f0. Drag the gradient from the top center down:

To the gradient layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar. Using a standard soft black brush with an opacity of about 20-30%, hide the gradient effect, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Open stock image with a deer. Separate the image of the deer from the background. Select the area of ​​the deer’s head by moving the selected part of the image to our working paper:

To a layer with a deer, add a layer mask and using a black brush, hide the hard edges at the bottom of the deer image:

Step 4

To the deer layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to discolor the deer image. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation):

Step 5

Open the image with the render (Abstraction). Using tool Move (Move Tool), move the abstract shape onto our working document, placing it on top of the deer image:

To the render layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to change the render color:

Step 6

Open Illustrator. Create a new document with the following settings:

Choose a tool Spiral (Spiral Tool). Next, draw a spiral on a white background:

Let’s go Effect – 3D – Bevel / Relief(Effect> 3D> Extrude Bevel):

We get the following result:

Save in format EPS, further, we use it in work.

Step 7

We return to the program Photoshop. Open the saved EPS file, rasterize it using the settings shown in the screenshot below: (you can set the dimensions as you like):

So, we got a wire frame on a transparent layer. Place it over the head of a deer, between the horns, apply a small transformation to the frame (Ctrl + T). Place the wire frame below the deer layer:

Step 8

Open an image with an abstract figure. Select the shape on the left. Place this abstract shape in the center of the wire frame:

To the layer with the abstract shape, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to lighten this shape:

Step 9

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a tool Lines (Line Tool), set the settings for this tool, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Draw five lines as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 10

Open stock image with rings. Rasterize them just as you did with a wire frame. Select the rings that you like and then add them to our scene, arranging them, as I did:

Step 11

Using a layer mask, align the largest ring with the deer:

Step 12

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to change the color of individual rings:

Step 13

Open the image with particles. I selected image 023. Place the particle layer below the deer layer (render and lines):

Copy the particles from different parts of the image, placing duplicate particles around the deer:

Step 14

Select all the layers with particles, 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) (default group mode) on Normal (Normal), 100%. Inside the created group, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all layers to lighten the particles a bit:

Step 15

Create three new layers on top of all other layers. Set the foreground color to white. Download Brushes Clouds. Use brushes numbered 1252, 1369, 1919 to paint over the three areas in the image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Reduce the opacity of the layer with the lower cloud to 50%, also using a layer mask, loosen the saturation of the last two clouds:

Step 16

Open the stock image with nebula 1. Move this image to our working paper, placing it on the upper left of our composition:

To hide the black edges of the nebula, double click on the layer with the nebula so that a window appears Layer styles (Layer Style) select the option Overlay options (Blending Options). Hold Alt + drag the black parameter slider This layer (This Layer) until the black edges disappear:

Set the blending mode for the layer with nebula 1 to Lightening(Screen), 100%. Using a layer mask, loosen the effect on the areas that are highlighted in the screenshot below:

Step 17

Do the same with the other two nebula textures:

Step 18

Group all layers with nebula textures in one group. Change the blending mode for the layer with this group to Lightening (Screen), 100%. Inside the created group, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to change the texture color:

Switch to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to process the areas indicated in the screenshot below to reduce the effect:

Step 19

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) to the nebula effect:

Step 20

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) to enhance the brightness of this effect:

Step 21

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to enhance the contrast of the entire image:

Go to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the correction curves in the areas that are indicated in the screenshot below:

Step 22

Duplicate the wire frame layer, place the duplicate layer on top of the render layer:

Using the layer mask, hide the wire frame image in the image area of ​​the deer:

Step 23

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Using a soft brush, brush color # 1b1101, paint around the deer, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), 100%:

Step 24

Create a new layer. Using a soft brush, color the brush # f5ae79, add more light highlights around the deer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), 100%:

Step 25

It’s time to enhance the color and contrast of the entire image. Add a new adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) on top of all other layers:

Using a soft black brush, hide the correction on the layer mask of this adjustment layer:

Step 26

Next, add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):

Step 27

Add adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance) to strengthen the final result:

Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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