Create an abstract headdress in Photoshop

Today we will create a truly cool abstract headdress using various photos, Photoshop and our own imagination. The idea of ​​creating an abstract headdress came to my mind when I saw a picture of Native Americans when viewing some of the images. So I thought it would be interesting to create something similar with various bends, using bones and metal.

Baseline materials:

Final result


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STEP 1. Create a new document 2300 x 2600 px in RGB color mode, set the background layer transparent (Transparent). Name the document “headgear” and save the document (CTRL + S).

STEP 2. Open the “girl” image. Select the image (CTRL + A), copy (CTRL + C), return to our document. The window is a headdress.psd (Window> concept-headdress.psd) and paste the copied image (CTRL + V). Let’s call this layer “girl”.

STEP 3. Next, go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform) CTRL + T, hold down the SHIFT key for proportional scaling and slightly reduce the size of the image with the girl, as shown in the screenshot below. Press Enter.

STEP 4. Open the image “skull 1”. Double-click on the layer to remove the lock and click OK. Next, select the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W) and select the blue color along with the post.

STEP 5. Press the Q key to enable Quick masks (Quick Mask mode), select tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set a hard round brush and process the area painted with red tint. Red tint conventionally denotes the area to be painted, do not try to use red color for painting.

Translator’s Note: The author describes two ways to select objects. You choose the one that you most often use in your work.

STEP 6. Press the Q key again to exit. Quick masks (Quick Mask mode), click Delete. Deselect Allotment – Cancel allotment(Select> Deselect (CTRL + D). Select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy (CTRL + C), return to our document Window – head a hat.psd (Window> concept-headdress.psd) and paste the copied image (CTRL + V).

STEP 7. Press CTRL + T (Free transformation -Free Transform mode), scale the image and position as in the screenshot below. Press Enter. Name this layer “skull 1”. Do the same operation with the image “skull 2”, but name the layer only “skull 2”.

STEP 8. Open the “train” image. Select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy and paste the copied image into our document. Press CTRL + T, scale and place as in the screenshot below. Next, go Layer- Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B) and paint over the areas like in the screenshot below.

STEP 9. Select the “skull 1” layer and repeat STEP 8 for the area that is indicated below.

STEP 10. Repeat STEP 9 for the “skull 2” layer.

STEP 11. Let’s go back to the “train” image, select the tool Pen (Path Tool (P), in the top settings panel set Contours (Paths) and highlight the bar, as in the screenshot below. Close the contour and right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection). Copy the selection, go back to our document and paste the copied image. Let’s call this layer “iron bushing”.

I lengthened one of the sleeves, I just wanted the back end of our abstract helmet to look more massive. Below are screenshots of how to do this.

STEP 12. Let’s go Layer– Create duplicate layer(Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J). Press the CTRL + T keys, scale and place as in the screenshot below. Once again duplicate the layer with the sleeve and place the copy as in the screenshot below.

STEP 13. Let’s go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels (CTRL + L). Apply the settings shown below. Repeat this step for all iron bushings.

You wonder why I did not post this step earlier, thus avoiding additional work? Simply, I wanted to recreate all operations step by step, without applying an optimal approach to the final result. It is not rational to create shades before placing the elements in the composition.

STEP 14. Open the image with a dragonfly. Next, select the tool Pen (Path Tool (P), in the top settings panel set Contours (Paths) and select the dragonfly wing. Close the contour and right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection). Copy the selection, go back to our document and paste the copied image.

STEP 15. Name this layer “wing”. Press CTRL + T to activate the mode Free Transformation (Free Transform mode), we scale and place, as in the screenshot below. Duplicate the wing layer several times with CTRL + J and place the copies as in the screenshot below.

STEP 16. Hold down the CTRL key, left-click on the copies of the layers with “wings” and “iron bushings” to select them, and then press CTRL + G to put all the layers in one group. Call this group “wings”, then click the right mouse button on the group. In the drop-down menu, select Duplicate group (Duplicate Group) and duplicate the group.

STEP 17. Press CTRL + T, reduce the size and place as in the screenshot. Press Enter to exit the mode. Free Transformation (Free Transform mode).

Our work begins to become too complex in components and the original colors of the images can affect the final result, misleading you. So let’s do a little trick!

STEP 18. Go to the topmost layer and then go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black White). Apply the default settings and click OK. Turn on the lock in the layers palette (F7) so that it cannot be edited (for a while!).

STEP 19. Choosing a tool Move (Move Tool (V) and holding CTRL + click on the girl, right on the document. Thus, we will select the layer with the girl as the current layer. Create a new layer Layer – New – Layer (Layer> New> Layer) and set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Name this layer “shadow on girl”.

STEP 20. Hold ALT + click between these layers to create a clipping mask. Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set a round soft brush, color is dark gray, and then create some shadows on the areas that are indicated in the screenshot below.

STEP 21. Open the image with the corkscrew. Choose a tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W), click on the white area and hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse until you get an external selection. Next, hold down the SHIFT key and do the same with the inner white areas.

STEP 22. Double click on the layer to unlock it and click OK. Next, press the Delete key and remove the selection through the menu Allotment– Unselect all (Select> Deselect).
Select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy and paste the copied image into our document. Press CTRL + T, scale and place as in the screenshot below.

STEP 23. Next we go Layer– Layer-mask– Show everything (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Choosing a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set the round hard brush and scroll Sew the areas as shown in the screenshot below (do not forget, the brush is applied on the layer mask!).

STEP 24. Open the image of the piston. Next, select the tool Pen (Path Tool (P), in the top settings panel set Contours (Paths) and highlight the piston. Close the contour and right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection). Copy the selection, go back to our document and paste the copied image, place the image of the piston, as shown below. Press CTRL + L and apply the settings as in the screenshot below.

Translator’s Note: Unfortunately, the author does not provide a link to the stock image of the “piston”, so you will have to search for this image yourself on the stock sites.

STEP 25. Switch to the corkscrew layer mask and paint on the layer mask over the cylindrical part of the piston.

Next, open the compass image, cut out the compass, as shown below and move it to our document. Press CTRL + SHIFT + U to discolor the image. Apply the settings in STEP 24 Levels (Levels) or approximately to match the shades.

STEP 26. Open the image of the motorcycle. Next, select the tool Pen (Path Tool (P) and select the exhaust pipe. Copy the selection, go back to our document and paste the copied image, place the image of the exhaust pipe, as shown below.

STEP 27. Duplicate the image several times (CTRL + J) and place the copies, as in the screenshot below.

STEP 28. Go to the adjustment layer Black and white (“Black White ”) and unlock it. Set the layer opacity to 50%.

STEP 29. Create a new layer. Layer – New – Layer (Layer> New> Layer) and place it below all layers (CTRL + SHIFT + [).
Choosing a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill our new layer with black color. Set the background color to an average shade of orange, then go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

STEP 30. Open the window Story (History) through the menu Window – Story (Window> History). Press the button Create a new snapshot (Create New Snapshot) and select it. Next, select Archival art brush (Art History Brush Tool (Y), set up an interesting grunge brush and draw short strokes on this layer (created in STEP 29).

STEP 31. Create a new layer (CTRL + SHIFT + N). Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set on the oval, hard brush with 40% opacity and draw vague light strokes, as shown below. Over the top draw strokes of a smaller size, then even smaller.

STEP 32. Further. we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply the settings of 7.5 px and click OK.

STEP 33. In the layers palette, if you have the layers palette window disabled, just press F7, select the group of wings and then go to the menu Layer – Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers) or you can press CTRL + E. Create a new layer through the menu. Layer – New – Layer (Layer> New> Layer) or press hot keys CTRL + SHIFT + N and set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

I decided that it was necessary to hide the body of the girl, leaving only her head, do the same thing that you did with the skulls.

STEP 34. Hold the ALT key and click the honey layers to create a clipping mask. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set the opacity to about 40% and draw the shadows in the areas that are indicated below.

STEP 35. Highlight adjustment layer Black and white (Black White) and then we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below and click OK. Set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

STEP 36. The background looks a bit flat, let’s fix it with the vignette effect! Select the bottommost layer. Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O), in the settings set Shadows (Shadows), Exposition (Exposure) 30% and paint over the corners of the background.

STEP 37. Select layer Gradient map (gradient map), select the entire image by pressing CTRL + A or Select all (Select> All), copy all selected (CTRL + SHIFT + C) and paste on a new layer (CTRL + V).

STEP 38 Duplicate this layer (CTRL + J), then go Picture – Correction – discolor(Image> Adjustments> Desaturate) or by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + U hotkeys, set the blending mode for this layer. Lightening(Screen) and Opacity (Opacity) at 95%.

STEP 39 Duplicate the original again, press CTRL + SHIFT +] to place it on top of all layers and then go Filter – Color contrast(Filter> Other> High Pass). Apply 1 px in the settings, click OK and set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Done!

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