Create an abstract photo manipulation in Photoshop.

In this lesson you will learn how to create an impressively beautiful abstract picture with a slight effect of painting. To create it we will use a lot of useful methods. The author tried to make this lesson as easy as possible, but if you still don’t understand some of the steps, you can simply skip them, since not all of them are mandatory. By the way, the inspiration for creating this lesson came to the author after viewing the picture created by the great artist Maciej Mizer.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. HLoad the available texture image. Then open it in Photoshop. Now go to Image>Rotate Canvas> 90 °CW (Image / Rotate canvas-90 ° clockwise), You should do as shown in the picture below.

Step 2. Next, go (Cntr + U)Layer / New Adjustment Layer hue /saturation (Layer / New adjustment layer – color tone / saturation) ,.Set the parameters as shown below. We need to lower the saturation now, so that in the end we would be able to increase it on the whole picture without overloading our background.

Step 3. We are going to use the image of a parrot. We take it because the parrots are very colorful, and are the best suited for our work. If you like, you can use any other image to your liking. Now copy it into your document and place it as shown in the image below.

Step 4. We proceed to the least pleasant part of any treatment. The more often you will do it, the better it will be with you each time. So, from the whole picture we need only the figure of the parrot itself (no background!). If you do not have a method of separating an object from the background, which you would use constantly, and to which you are already used, use the method proposed by the author of the lesson. So, select a layer with a parrot, add a layer mask to it (click on the button for adding a layer mask at the bottom of the layers panel). As the main color, select black, and make sure that you are on the layer mask, and not on the layer itself. Now select brush tool (brush tool), use a round brush with a stiffness of about 80%, with a diameter of about 30px (in the process, change the diameter and stiffness). We begin to work it around the parrot. In order to paint well a piece next to the red pen, it is necessary to reduce the diameter of the brush.

To handle this fragment, we will reduce the brush stiffness to 0%, since the feathers should look more fluffy.

This is how a parrot should look after we separated it from the background. I hope you have something similar.

Step 5. To create a lightweight hand-drawn effect, we will use watercolor brushes. Recently they have become very popular. A set of brushes that we will use, you can take in the archive. Download and install them in Photoshop (you may have to reload it to work correctly). Create a new layer and place it under the bird layer. It is on it that we will create all watercolor effects. Select eyedropper tool (pipette tool), then click anywhere on the tail, choosing a red tint that matches the shade on the original. Now select brush tool (brush tool), Take one of the watercolor brushes and apply it once to make it as shown below.

Step 6. Repeat this procedure several times using different brushes and different colors. You should have something like the image below.

Step 7. Now we apply various brushes-sprays of various colors, we add more interesting details. The author chose such brushes for his work, but you can use any brushes you prefer for your work.

Step 8. Now you need to find an image of a rainforest or jungle. Copy and paste the picture into your document. Place it under the spray paint layer, scale and position as shown below.

Step 9. On the layer with the image of the jungle, holding Alt, click on the button for creating a layer mask at the bottom of the layers panel (do not worry, your image should disappear). As the main color, select white, go to the layer mask. Now select brush tool (brush tool), with a stiffness of 0% and a diameter of about 100px, and walk it around the parrot. Now some parts of the jungle have become visible.

Step 10. Then we repeat the previous step several times in different places around the parrot. If it seems to you that one such action is enough – you can not carry out this step.

Step 11. Now we add some characteristic features to our work. For this we need some patterns. You can take a pattern of 1, 2 or 3. Choose pattern stamp tool (texture drawing tool),Select the desired pattern and the desired brush (watercolor, or any of the spray brushes). Then we apply it on a new layer, which we place below the parrot layer.

Step 12. Create a new layer directly below the parrot layer, then select brush tool (brush tool) with a diameter of 2px and 100% stiffness. Now by hand we draw around the bird bright multicolored random lines. Use three or four colors, no more.

Step 13. Now add some new details. Select line tool (tool line) 2px wide, and holding Shift , use it twice to make a cross.

Holding Shift, apply rectangle tool (rectangular shape tool), then slightly reduce the transparency of the layer in order to achieve a slight translucent effect.

Now add a few simple orange circles of different diameter in random order.

And some more white rings of simple form in random order. You can show your imagination by adding something else.

Step 14. The last thing that is done last but not least in any treatment is a small color correction.

If you are just starting to learn this wonderful program, then choose a simpler method: (Cntr + U)Layer / New Adjustment Layer hue /saturation (Layer / New adjustment layer – color tone / saturation), There, play with the settings to your taste. Then (Cntr + B)Layer / New Adjustment Layercolor balance (Layer / New Adjustment Layer – color balance), here, too, put values ​​at your discretion.

If you have a little more experience, you can try the second method: (Cntr +M) Layer / New Adjustment Layer Curves (Layer / new adjustment layer – curves). Set the settings as shown below. Here we mostly corrected the color of the blue channel, slightly removed the blue.

In the end, you can add something else from yourself. Do not be afraid to experiment! Good luck!
Here’s what we got in the end:

Author: Ross Aitken

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