Create an abstract illustration in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create abstract photo manipulation using 3D elements.

Here is the final result:

For the lesson we will need several additional materials:

Step 1. Create a new document of 700×1020 px with a white background. Load the texture of the wall in Photoshop and using Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection) (M) select the necessary part, as shown below:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) selected area on the working document, adjust the size and position (CTRL + T):

Create a new layer and use a small soft black. brush (B) to carefully draw the earth, so the girl we add after will not hang in the air.
Set the brush pressure and opacity to about 40%. It would be great if you use the tablet for this:

Use soft eraser (E) To remove part of the texture to create a light effect:

We get the following result:

Step 2. We load in Photoshop a photo of the model, cut it out and paste it into the working document. On the model layer, use the geometric brushes (see lesson step 3) as an eraser to remove part of the model, as shown below (you can do this using a layer mask):

Note. How to make a brush: use the Polygonal lasso to make a selection in the form of an elongated rectangle (if necessary, you can use a transformation to distort the selection), fill the selection with black, then Edit> Define Brush Preset (edit – define the brush). Use the settings for the brush: shape dynamics, dispersion, other dynamics.

Use brushes Volcanic, To remove part of the model’s legs, as shown below (this will create a haze effect). Make sure that the pressure and opacity of the instrument is about 40%.

Tidy your hair with eraser (E) size 3px and with hardness (hardness) 90%.

Above the model layer, add three adjustment layers and convert them to a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G):

Black and white (Black and white)

Curves (Curves)

Levels (Levels)

We get this effect:

Step 3. We come to the most interesting part of the lesson. Load one of the 3D elements in Photoshop and select a part, as shown below:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) selection onto the working document and place the layer UNDER the original layer with the model, adjust the size and position (CTRL + T) as shown below:

Remove edges around a 3D element with a large soft eraser (E) to create a glow effect:

Add clouds to the 3D element using Volcanic brushes to create a smoke effect (set the pressure and brush opacity to about 40%):

Select another 3D element from the set, copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) it onto the working document and place it under the model layer. Again we use a big soft eraser (E) To remove the edges of the 3D element:

Reduce the opacity of the layer with the 3D element to about 60% to give the image a depth effect:

Step 4. We load another 3D element into Photoshop, select a part, copy and paste it onto the working canvas. Place the layer above all previous layers. Load the model selection (as you can see below, the places in which we worked with an eraser were not distinguished):

Clear the selected area with Edit – Clear (Editing – Clear):

Add a layer mask to the layer with the 3D element to remove the edges:

And we get the following result:

Step 5. We are almost done! Add an interesting effect with the rain brush.
Note: the author used this tutorial.

Also add light effects around the model using soft white brushes (AT):

And we get the following result:

Now our composition needs to be revived with the help of color. You can use adjustment layers in combination with a layer mask or any other method.

Note: The author has not specified screenshots with settings, so you have complete creative freedom.

After that we merge all the layers into one, duplicate (CTRL + J) background and apply the filter Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur):

As you can see, blurring has added a motion effect + glow on 3D elements:

I also added an extra glow on the new layer around the model using soft white brushes (B), then set the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and reduced Opacity (Opacity) to about 40%:

And this is how the final result of the manipulations looks like:

Author: PSD Vault

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