Make an abstract style portrait in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps that I used to create an interesting picture using the original ice texture, images of the moon, and models in Photoshop. In addition, we use a large number of source images with fractals, and also apply brushes to enhance the effect. Let’s try!

This lesson is of average complexity, so basic knowledge of working with Photoshop layers, masks and color correction is necessary.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CС – 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 1440 px * 788 px, background color is black. Open the original image with frozen lava in Photoshop.

Select a fragment of frozen lava, as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted image on our working paper. Place frozen lava at the bottom of our scene. Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), adjust the image scale to the size of the working document. Next, using a soft eraser, shade the upper edge of the frozen lava image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, on the layer with solidified lava, apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Use the Clouds brush or the Clouds filter to add a cloud / fog effect around the earth:

Step 2

Open the original model image in Photoshop. Select only the image of the head / face, as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste the selected image fragment onto our working paper. Flip the image of the head horizontally. Apply scaling by positioning the image of the model’s head above the ground, as shown in the screenshot below.

Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), set the Crack brush as a tool. Add the effect of cracks around the model’s face.

Next, on the model face layer, apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Switch to the adjustment layer mask Levels (Levels) and using a soft black brush, hide the effect of correction in the head area of ​​the model.

The result of the current lesson:

Step 3

Open the original image of the moon in Photoshop. Highlight the image of the moon, as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted image of the moon on our working paper. Place the moon on top of the nuchal region of the head of the model as shown in the screenshot below.

Using a soft eraser, shade the edges of the moon image, and then add a crack effect.

Next, on the layer with the moon, apply the next adjustment layer as a clipping mask.

Levels (Levels)

Add a cloud effect above the moon as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 4

Open the original image with the texture of ice in Photoshop. Select a part of the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected part of the image of the texture of ice on our working paper. Apply scaling, placing a piece of ice over the model’s head, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for the layer with a piece of ice to Hard light (Hard Light).

Repeat the whole process, add more ice texture to the whole scene, as shown in the screenshot below:

We can also add texture to the surface of the earth using the same technique that was described above:

Step 5

We can also add ice particles around the model’s face. To do this, simply open the Ice texture in Photoshop, and then create a new layer on top of this texture.

While on a new layer, with any Particle brush, paint the effect of the particles, and then create an active selection around the painted particles.

Go back to the Ice texture layer to copy the active selection (Ctrl + C).

Paste (Ctrl + V) the selected particles onto our working paper. Add a particle effect throughout the scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

Open the original image with an ice fractal in Photoshop. Create an active selection around this fractal.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted fractal on our working paper. Remove extra plots that you don’t like. Add fractal effects to the face of the model as well as to the ground.

Use the following source image with an ice fractal:

Add this ice fractal to the head area, as shown in the screenshot below.

Add a light cloud / fog effect to the entire scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Finally, I added a couple of adjustment layers. Color Balance (Color Balance) to add cool tones to the picture. You can see the final effect in the screenshot below:

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

The final result:

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