The abstract image of a warrior in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create an abstract image of a warrior using metal objects, rocky texture and fire. You will see how to connect objects using blending modes, color corrections and transformation tools.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) 1200×1303 pixels with black background. Open the rock texture and tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M) select a small part.

Copy the selected part of the texture into our document and reduce its opacity to 40%. In mode Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective) (Edit> Transform> Perspective) change the shape of the texture.

Use a soft eraser to wipe off the edges.

Create an adjustment layer for the texture. Levels (Levels).

With a brush of clouds, draw a fog on the background. Reduce the opacity to 10-20%.

Use special brushes to draw particles.

Step 2

Transfer another part of the texture to our document.

Resize and discolor (Ctrl + Shift + U).

Use a soft eraser to erase part of the texture as shown below.

Step 3

Paste the warrior into our document.

Use a soft eraser to soften the edges.

Create three adjustment layers for the warrior:

Levels (Levels):

On the mask paint over this area:

Curves (Curves):

Color balance (Color Balance):


Step 4

Open the photo of the landfill and select a small part.

Transfer the metal to our document and place it on the warrior. Create clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G).

Set the metal layer to overlay mode. Darkening Basics (Color Burn).

Add more metal to the warrior’s shoulders. Set the blending mode Spot light (Pin Light).

Step 5

Open a photo of fire in Photoshop and select the top.

Transfer to the main document and set the blending mode Lighten (Screen). Reduce the size of the flame and place it on top of the warrior.

Add fire to the ax.

Draw some dust / fog on the ground.

Step 6

At the very top, create a correction layer. Selective color correction (Selective Color):

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):

Final result:

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