Create a milk collage in Photoshop

In this lesson I will tell you how to create an abstract composition with the texture of milk.

Final result:

Necessary materials:

Step 1. Create a new document with a size of 900×1170 pixels, fill the background with a light gray color:

Create a new layer above the background, use soft white brush (B) (brush size should be approximately 70% of the size of the working canvas) to add a spot in the center of the image:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer and transform as shown below, then move it to the top of the document:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the transformed layer, then move the copy down, as shown below:

And we get the following result:

Step 2. We load the photo of the model in Photoshop and delete the background, transfer it to the working document and adjust the size. Place it in the center of the canvas:

Now apply the filter Filter – Blur – Surface Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur over the surface) to smooth out the skin a little. Before applying the filter, I advise you to duplicate (CTRL + J) the layer with the model and convert it into a smart object so that you can always return to the original version if necessary.

On the duplicate to which we applied a blur, add layer mask and edit it in the places indicated by the arrows in the screenshot below, so that the original layer is visible:

Add adjustment layer with clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G) for the layer with blur:

Black and white (Black and white) (set the layer opacity to 30%)

Levels (Levels)

Create a new layer above the previous ones, use soft white brushWith Flow (Press) and Opacity approximately 50% to draw light spots above the head and hair of the model:

And we get the following result:

Step 3. Now load the texture of milk in Photoshop, use Quick selection tool (Quick selection) to select part of the texture:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) selected area on the working document. You may notice a black line on the edge of the texture – it may appear due to inaccurate selection or high level Tolerance (Tolerance) for this tool:

We can get rid of it with Refine edge (Advanced Edge). Load texture selection:

Move on Select – Refine Edge (Selection – Advanced Edges) and apply the following parameters:

Then click CTRL + SHIFT + I, to invert the selection
, and go Edit – Clear (Editing – Clear):

As you can see, after the done manipulations, the black stroke on the texture disappeared:

Step 4. Now we will work with the filter Liquify (Plastic). Activate the layer with the texture of milk and click CTRL + I, to invert its color from white to black:

Go to the filter Filter – Liquify (Filter – Plastic) and choose the tool Forward warp tool (Direct curvature) with the following parameters:

Edit this part of the texture:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer several times, use Free transform (Free transform) (CTRL + T) to deform copies, resize them, you can also invert colors (CTRL + I):

Move a part of the texture to the upper right corner of the canvas, then activate the transform (CTRL + T) to create something like a splash:

You can place the texture near the model’s face. Use Edit – Transform – Warp (Editing – Transformation – Deformation) to transform the texture:

Now use a brush in the form of clouds to paint something like a shadow behind the texture. This will create the illusion of depth (do not overdo it):

We get the following result:

Step 5. Now we can draw a circle behind the model. It is very simple. For this we take Elliptical Marquee Tool (Oval selection) (M) (use the tool with the SHIFT key held down) to create a selection and fill it with black. Then duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer and reduce the size of the circle (CTRL + T), while holding down the key Alt, to keep the proportions:

We do not remove the selection, go to the layer with a larger circle and click DELETE, to remove the selected area. We get the following result:

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer with a ring to about 30%:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the layer with the ring and increase the copy opacity to 100%, then go to the filter Liquify (Plastic) and using the tool Forward warp tool (Direct curvature) edit the edges:

And we get the following result:

If you want, you can add a small ring near the left hand of the model, just remember to transform it so that it is in the same direction as the milk spray next to:

Step 6. This is an extra step. Personally, I would like to add more effects.
I added an abstract line of white in the upper left corner using Pen tool (Feather) (P). You can also use Warp (Warp) to transform it a bit:

I also added particles with a brush that I created in this lesson (translation of the lesson on the site).

I then added shadows to the bottom of the image with soft black brush (B):

And finally, I corrected the contrast of the image and added more colors. Here is the final result:

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