Make an abstract collage in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstract scene using the texture of the rock and the image of the city in Photoshop. We will combine 3 objects: the person, the texture of the rock and the image of the city in one composition and give a unique look to our picture. To create this photo manipulation, we use adjustment layers, blending modes, and various filters.

This is a lesson of medium difficulty, although in some steps it is a bit difficult, but why not try it, let’s try it!

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

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 780 px x 1000 px, the background color is white. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Fill tool) to fill the background with a gradient. In the control panel of this tool, set the type of gradient Radial (Radial). The gradient colors are shown in the screenshot below.

Open the original model image in Photoshop. Select the model image, copy / paste the selected model image onto our working paper. Arrange the model as shown in the screenshot below. Apply the tool Free transformation (Free Transform tool) to zoom out the model.

Using tool Eraser (Eraser tool), clean the edges of the model image:

To the model image layer, add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Switch to the adjustment layer mask Black and white (Black and White) and using a soft black eraser, restore the color to separate parts of the model image, as well as on the face.

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Using a grunge brush, draw a grunge effect below the model image:

Step 2

In this step we will work on the texture of the rock. Open the original image with the rock texture in Photoshop. Highlight the following fragment of the rock, which is highlighted in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted fragment of rock on our working paper. Place the layer with a fragment of rock below the model layer. Position the image of the rock, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using an eraser, set the brush a piece of chalk (chalk) as a tool, delete the following areas on the rock image, and also correct the edges:

To the rock fragment layer, add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Using the Particles brush, paint the effect of the fragments in the areas that we removed from the rock texture in the previous step:

Group all the layers belonging to the selected fragment of the rock into one group. Duplicate the group several times. Place duplicate groups in different places of the scene, as shown in the screenshot below. Apply rotation, scaling to duplicate groups as you see fit.

Step 3

In this step we will add the city part of the image to our scene. Open the original city image in Photoshop. Select the next part of the city image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected fragment of the city on our working paper. Arrange a fragment of the city, as shown in the screenshot below. Zoom out of the city according to the size of the rock texture.

Using an eraser, set the brush a piece of chalk (chalk) as a tool, process the edges of the city image to combine it with the rock texture:

To the city fragment layer, add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Repeat the steps described above to add more buildings to the left upper part of the rock, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using the Particle brush, add the effect of small fragments above the image of the city as an additional effect:

Step 4

We have almost completed the lesson! In this step we will work on the final touches. Add the effect of the clouds around the rock using the Clouds brush (https://http://photobecket.com/adds/brushes/4442-kist-dlya-fotoshopa-oblaka-1.html) or filter Clouds (cloud) and then apply the tool Deformation (Warp tool) to warp the drawn clouds so that they acquire a spherical shape:

As a final touch, create a merged layer from all visible layers, and then duplicate the resulting merged layer. Next, apply the filter Crystallization (Crystallize) to duplicate the merged layer.

And you get the following effect:

Naturally, I do not want to apply a filter Crystallization (Crystallize) to the whole picture, so hide the effect of crystallization on the filter mask, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using a soft white brush, add a highlight to the model’s head:

As a final touch, I added some color to the scene using an adjustment layer. Color Balance (color balance).

So, we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you, have a nice day!

The final result:

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