Make in Photoshop a bright illustration with a dancing girl

In this lesson you will learn how to create a bright illustration with a dancing girl and abstract elements.

Final result:

Step 1

Open the appropriate photo with the model and cut it.

To do this, activate Pen Tool (P) (Feather) and outline the silhouette of the girl. Then click on the contour with the right mouse button, select Make Selection (Create selection) and at the bottom of the layers panel click on the Add layer mask button. Zoom in on 100% to see the details clearly.

Work your hair especially carefully. Try to keep as many details as possible.

Step 2

Create a new document with the following parameters:

Double click on the background layer on the layers panel to unlock it and make it a regular layer. After that again double click on this layer and in the opened window we apply the style Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay):

Now the working canvas should look like this:

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and draw a large soft brush (B) in the lower part of the working canvas. For work, we use complementary colors that we can choose on the color wheel or take those that I used in this lesson. The final result should be moderately bright and saturated.

Step 3

Drag the cut model onto the working document and add it to the group (Ctrl + G), which we call “Model”.

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the layer with the model and apply to the copy Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (Ctrl + U). Our task is to correct the colors of the model so that they blend harmoniously with the background color. Apply the following settings:

  • Hue (Color tone): -151
  • Saturation (Saturation): +48
  • Lightness (Brightness): 0

Step 4

Select the layer with the model and at the bottom of the layers panel click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask). We need to hide the details with the skin, as its shade has been distorted after color correction.

With the Ctrl key pressed, select both layers with the model and merge them together (Ctrl + E).

Move on Image – Adjustments – brightness/ Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) and apply the following settings to enhance the brightness of the model:

  • Brightness (Brightness): 6
  • Contrast (Contrast): 27

Take Burn Tool (O) (Dimmer), set Range (Range) on Shadows (Shadows), and Exposure (Impact) – by 10% and using a soft round brush to draw along the darkened areas of the model:

Step 5

Take Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular selection) and create a square selection. Click on it with the right mouse button and select Transform Selection (Transform selection). Rotate it about 45 degrees and hit Enter to apply the changes. Take Move Tool (V) (Move) and shift the selected area to cut off part of the model and get an interesting offset effect.

We repeat these actions, for example, on the legs of the model:

Step 6

Take Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and on the model draw a triangular shape.

Click on it with the right mouse button and select Make Selection (Execute selection).

Next, we cut out small pieces of the model and distribute them around it.

Some pieces can be duplicated (Ctrl + J) and transform copies using free transformation (Ctrl + T).

To get a more interesting result, in some places cut parts of the model are left blank. Keep up the good work, just do not overdo it. At the end you can select all layers with pieces and group them for convenience (Ctrl + G).

After that you should get this result:

Step 7

Using the technique from the last step, we cut out large pieces of the model.

The result is a reflection effect that will make the composition more diverse.

Cut out a part of the model, reduce the layer opacity to 80% and apply the style Bevel Emboss (Embossed):

  • Style (Style): Inner Bevel (Inner bevel)
  • Technique (Method): Smooth (Soft)
  • Depth (Depth): 164%
  • Direction (Direction): Up (Up)
  • Size (Size): 8
  • Soften (Smoothing): 4
  • Angle (Angle): 111
  • Attitude (Height): 42

Repeat the action several times. Keep harmony and do not overdo it with the effect, the composition should not look too heavy and overloaded with details. Large pieces can be placed in a separate group, so as not to get confused.

When finished, you should have this result:

Step 8

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and take Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval selection). With the Shift key held down, create a circle, as shown below.

Take a large soft brush (B) and select one of the background shades (hold Alt to switch to the pipette, and click the left button in the right place of the background). Paint the side of the selection with this color. Then choose another shade and paint over the opposite part of the circle.

We continue to fill the selection with different shades and get the following result:

Without removing the selection, above we create another layer and fill it with white. Delete the selection (Ctrl + D) and create a new one of the same size, moving it down and to the right, then press the Delete key to remove a part of the white circle. As a result, we should have a crescent shape – it will be a highlight.

Decrease Opacity (opacity) crescent up to 20% and using Eraser Tool (E) (Eraser) delete the left part of the figure:

Repeat the action, but this time create a highlight on the left:

Create a new layer and load the selection of the first circle (to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail on the layers panel). Soft brush add color details. When finished, select all the layers associated with this figure, and merge them together (Ctrl + E).

Step 9

Under the group with the model we create a new group and move the circle to it.

Now we duplicate this figure several times, change the scale of the copies and distribute them according to the composition.

We continue to duplicate the circle and change the size of the copies:

Step 10

Duplicate the original circle and apply a filter to the copy. Filter – Liquify (Filter – Plastic). With the help of plastic tools we distort the shape of the element. Below you can see examples of the figures I got:

Using these abstractions, we select certain parts of the model’s body.

Step 11

Duplicate the deformed shape several times and form a circle of such a copy:

Transform (Ctrl + T) it in perspective. With the Ctrl key pressed, move the upper corner anchor points closer to the center:

Repeat the action and create a similar shape:

When finished, combine the abstract shapes from this step together (Ctrl + E).

Step 12

Again take Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval selection) and create a selection. Use soft brush (B) of white color on the border of the selection to create a blurry stroke. Duplicate the resulting shape and reduce the copy. Place the duplicate in the center of the original.

Merge both layers together and duplicate them. Place several such circles around the model.

These layers should be in the “Model” group.

As a final touch, I also added the deformed shape that we created in step 10.

Step 13

Above all previous layers we add a new one and change its blending mode to Screen (Lightening).

Take a soft brush (B) of medium size and choose a reddish background tint (# ea111f).

Chaotic on the body of the model cause bright spots.

Then add a glare with a white brush of a smaller diameter.

Step 14

Next, open the picture with an abstract light effect, paste it into the working document and change the blending mode to Screen (Lightening).

Activate the free transformation mode (Ctrl + T), click on the object with the right mouse button and select Warp (Deformation). We deform the shape of the rays and place the result on the girl’s hair.

Duplicate the effect several times, adjust the size of the copies and distribute them to get this result:

Step 15

Above the “Model” group we create a new layer, then take a hard brush with a diameter of 9 pixels with the following parameters:

Next, activate Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and draw a line along the seams between the displaced parts of the body. Press the Esc key to interrupt the path. Then click on it with the right mouse button and select Stroke path (Run contour stroke), in the opened window select Brush (Brush) and activate Simulate Pressure (Simulate pressure).

We draw the same lines on all displaced parts of the girl’s body.

Using the same technique, draw curved lines on the floor to add more detail.

Create a new layer and re-activate Brush Tool (B) (Brush), tune the tool:

Via Pen Tool (P) (Pen) create outlines around the model in a video of a semicircle and stroke them with a brush. Now the result should look like this:

Step 16

Create a new layer between the model and abstract circles, which we transformed in perspective. On this layer we will draw a light shadow under the girl’s legs. Take a big soft black brush and draw an oval. Activate the free transformation mode (Ctrl + T), compress the spot vertically and place the model under your feet. Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer up to 80%.

Step 17

Now take Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and draw a line in the shape of the letter S. Press the Esc key to interrupt the path. Apply a white stroke to this line (no fill). Then duplicate the line and use the arrow keys to shift it a little. We continue to create and shift copies until we get the result, as shown below.

Also using Ellipse Tool (U) (Oval) draw a circle with a white stroke and no fill. Duplicate it and zoom out. Thus, we create a figure of about eight rings.

Place the resulting figures under the model. We transform the circumference in perspective as well as the abstract figures under the model’s feet. Place this circle clearly in the center.

Step 18

Go to the final details. At the very top of the layers panel, create a new group and copy the original circle from step 8, which we filled with background colors. Place it on the left side of the canvas.

Apply to copy Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 9 pixels.

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) this circle and reduce its size, place a copy in the lower right corner to balance the composition.

We get this final result!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new!

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