Create a floral portrait of a woman in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a floral portrait of a woman with floral elements and butterflies. We will use not only the standard blending modes, but also study the technique of creating abstract elements. In addition, we will use filters to enhance the colors and add creativity to the work.

Note: The author of the lesson used paid images. In the archive, in addition to the preview of paid images, you will find alternative images for the lesson.

1. Add a background

Step 1

Create a new document of 1500 x 1500 pixels with the following parameters:

Step 2

Move on Layer – New Fill Layer – Solid Color (Layer – New fill layer – Color) and select the color # e4dbe7.

Step 3

Choose Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer – New adjustment layer – Curves) and slightly decrease the brightness:

Take a soft round brush in black with Opacity (opacity) of about 20-30% and begin to carefully paint over the center of the mask of the adjustment layer so that this area is brighter than the edges. This will help us focus the viewer’s attention in the center of work:

2. Add a model

Step 1

Open the image with the model and cut it out in any way convenient for you. In this case, you can use a layer mask and a black stiff brush. Next, create a new layer between the background and the cut model, and fill it with any light color.

Step 2

Create two new layers and use a soft brush (colors # 331f18 and # 9c7966, these colors are selected from the head) paint over the hair.

Step 3

Hide the background and the fill layer, so that only the cut model and two layers on which we painted our hair remain. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge all visible layers on a separate new one. Move the merged layer to our working paper using the tool Move Tool (V) (Move):

Click on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Black brush medium hardness remove the lower part of the model:

Step 4

Add an adjustment layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and convert it to a clipping mask (Alt + Ctrl + G) for the layer with the model. In the adjustment layer adjustment window in the drop-down menu, select Master (Master) and configure the parameters as shown below:

Step 5

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten the model. We take a soft black brush and on the layer mask we delete those areas that are already quite bright in the original photo.

3. Create branches

Step 1

First we create abstract lines. Open the image Flower 1. Select the flower with Magic Wand Tool (W) (Magic Wand) and transfer it to the working paper. Move on Filter – Liquify (Filter – Plastic) and choose the tool Forward Warp Tool (Deformation). Set the brush size to about 300 pixels (depending on the size of the flower you chose). Deform the shape of the flower to make it look like a stem:

Step 2

Duplicate this layer many times and deform each copy to get similar stems. We distribute abstract lines on both sides of the model.

Step 3

On the layers panel, select all layers with abstract lines and press Ctrl + G to merge them into one group. Set the group blending mode to Normal (Normal) with opacity 100%. Add a mask to the group and a black brush of medium hardness remove the lower part of some stems to create the effect as if they grow from the model’s body.

Step 4

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) a few lines, reduce the copies and move them to the model’s eyes.

Step 5

Inside the group create a correction layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to change the color of the lines.

Step 6

Using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves) Dim Stems:

Step 7

Open the image with a green branch and cut it. Place a branch at the bottom of the model and duplicate it (Ctrl + J). Go to the menu Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontally). Place the layers under the group with abstract lines.

To each of these layers, add a mask and hide the bottom.

Step 8

Duplicate branches several times and randomly distribute at the bottom of the model and on the head. Using the free transformation (Ctrl + T), adjust the size and position of each copy.

Step 9

We merge the green branches into a group and add a correction layer to them. Color Balance (Color balance). Choose Midtones (Midtones) and increase Red (Red):

Step 10

Then add an adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo filter) and choose the color # ec0075 for it:

4. Add flowers

Step 1

Open the image Flowers 3 and cut out the flowers using Magic Wand Tool (W) (Magic Wand). Place the cut out element at the bottom of the model to cover the empty space between the leaves and abstract lines.

Using layer masks, we adjust the shape of the colors so that they harmoniously combine with other elements:

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer Color Balance (Color balance), customizable Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Glare):

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), in the drop-down menu, select Master (Master) and customizable:

Step 4

Add an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and increase the brightness of colors:

Step 5

Open the image Flowers 2 and cut out the flowers in the same way as the previous elements. Move them to the working paper and rotate so that the flower branch looks in the same direction as the eyes.

This is what the result looks like after we have removed the extra details on the face:

Step 6

Duplicate the flowers several times (Ctrl + J) and distribute them around the model. Using a layer mask, we remove extra areas on the color copies.

Step 7

Via Lasso Tool (L) (Lasso) select a separate flower next to the model’s head and press Ctrl + J to duplicate it on a new layer. Go to the filter Liquify (Plastic) and instrument Twirl Clockwise Tool (Twist) Turn the flower into an abstract shape. Feel free to experiment with the form, but still try to preserve the recognizable shape of the flower. When finished, place it on the right side of the head.

Step 8

Duplicate the flower several times, we deform each copy so that they differ from each other. Place them on the ends of abstract branches and on the model’s hand.

Step 9

Group all the layers that are associated with the image Flowers 2. To the group apply the adjustment layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and decrease Saturation (Saturation) to -40.

5. Draw abstract makeup

Step 1

We come to the most interesting part of the lesson. Hit the D key to reset the colors to standard (black and white). Create a new layer above all previous ones using Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval selection) draw a circle. Then go Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds):

Step 2

Press Ctrl + D to remove the selection and go Filter – Pixelate – Pointillize (Filter – Design – Pointillism). The size Cell Size (Cell size) set to 67:

Using filter Liquify (Plastic), we deform the shape to get a result similar to mine, or you can give a circle any shape.

Step 3

Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light (Soft light) with 100% opacity. Then apply the mask to the layer and edit it so that the effect remains only on the model’s cheeks:

Step 4

Duplicate this layer twice and move the copies onto the forehead and arm. We mask the extra details to get a neat and soft effect.

Step 5

Group the resulting layers together (don’t forget to set the group to blend mode to Soft Light (Soft light) with opacity 100%), then apply a correction layer to the group Invert (Invert) to invert colors:

6. Add butterflies

Step 1

Open the image of Butterfly 1 and cut out the butterflies. Select the central butterfly and place it above the highest abstract flower on the right side of the working canvas.

Step 2

Use corrective layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to increase the saturation of the butterfly’s color:

Step 3

Open the image of Butterfly 2. Select the blue butterfly in the upper left corner and move it to the working document above the highest flower on the left side of the working canvas:

Step 4

Change the color of the butterfly using the adjustment layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Step 5

Using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves) increase the brightness of the butterfly:

7. Final Correction

Step 1

We have finished adding elements of the composition and now we can proceed to color correction. Create a new layer and fill it with the color # 1f0901. Set the blending mode of this layer to Exclusion (Exception) with opacity 100%:

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer Color Balance (Color balance), customizable Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Glare):

Step 3

Add an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to adjust the contrast and color of the entire image:

Step 4

Add an adjustment layer Photo Filter (Photo filter) and choose the color for it # bbb85d:

Step 5

Create another adjustment layer Photo Filter (Photo filter) and choose the color for it # f7014c. Using a soft black brush and a mask, we remove the effect effect along the edges of the composition and on the model’s face. It is necessary that the color does not look too flat.

Step 6

Use corrective layer Selective Color (Selective color correction) to change the shades of the leaves and butterflies 1.

Step 7

Add an adjustment layer Vibrance (Vibration) to improve the effect we created. This is my favorite adjustment layer!

Step 8

Add an adjustment layer Levels (Levels) and decrement the slider Midtones (Mid Tones). Using the mask, we remove the effect of the correction layer in the center of the canvas to make the edges of the image darker. This will create a slight vignette effect.

Congratulations, we are done!

I hope you have learned something new and the knowledge gained will be useful to you in future projects.

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