Create an abstract portrait in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful abstract female portrait with leaf texture in Photoshop. We will combine several stock images, apply standard brushes, as well as filters and blending modes to enhance the effect.

This lesson is of medium difficulty, some steps may be difficult.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CS6 – therefore, some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6.

OK. Let’s get started!

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Final result:

Option 1

Option 2

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 800px * 1132px, the background is black. Upload the Forest image in Photoshop, select part of the ground texture, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selection into our working paper. Apply the tool Free transformation (free transform tool) to set the following perspective:

And then using soft Eraser (eraser), hide the edges, as shown in the screenshot below:

Add a new adjustment layer Black and white (black and white) on top of all layers:

Result at the moment:

Step 2

Open the stock image of the model in Photoshop. Highlight the front area, and then copy / paste into our working paper:

Add the following adjustment layers to the model layer as a clipping mask:

Black-white(Black and White)

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Black and white (Black and White) and using a soft black brush, hide the correction on certain areas, as shown in the screenshot below:

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

And the result at the moment:

Create a new layer. Using the Grunge / Crack brush, the brush color is black, add texture to separate parts of the model’s face, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Next, we add the texture of the leaves that we use as the hair. Open the stock image with pink leaves in Photoshop. Using tool Lasso (lasso tool) with feathering (feature) 40px, select the bottom of the image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selection into our working paper using the tool Free transformation (free transform), apply scaling to the leaf texture, and then apply Deformation (warp), as shown in the screenshot below:

To the leaf texture layer, add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks:

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

Result at the moment:

Step 4

Open the image with Nebula 1 and 2 in Photoshop. Use only separate sections of texture data. Copy / paste the nebula textures onto our working paper. Change the blending mode for the layers with the given textures to Lightening (Screen):

Repeat the previous step, adding the nebula texture to some parts of our scene For these texture layers, use blending mode. Hard light (Hard Light):

Step 5

We have almost completed the lesson! As a final touch, roll up (Translator’s Note: create a merged layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E), and then duplicate the merged layer. Next, apply the filter Oil paint (Oil Paint Filter) to duplicate layer (you will need Photoshop version CS6 or later):

Add a layer mask to this duplicate layer:

Add the following adjustment layers on top of all other layers:

Curves (Curves)

Vibration (Vibrance)

Adjustment Layer Mask Vibration (vibrance):

The final result:

Alternative option in other color scale:

We have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you. See you, have a nice day!

Final result

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Author: James Qu

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