We do in Photoshop processing portrait in an abstract style

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create abstract photo manipulation using brushes Watercolors and Stone texture in Photoshop. So let’s get started!

This lesson refers to the average level of difficulty, so some steps may be difficult.

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 1400 px * 874 px, background color is black. Open the original texture of the Model in Photoshop. Create an active selection around the model image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected model image on our working paper.

Position the model image as shown in the screenshot below.

With the help of a soft leaf, hide the hairpin.

Fix minor defects on the face with the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool):

In the control panel tool Stamp (Clone Stamp tool), set the settings shown in the screenshot below:

The result of the current lesson:

Step 2

Load brushes Watercolors in Photoshop, use any brushes at your discretion as an eraser:

In the control panel tool Eraser ( eraser), install Opacity (opacity) by 50%, and Pressure (Flows) 80%

Apply the eraser on the model image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Apply the following adjustment layers to the model layer as a clipping mask.

Black-white (Black and White). Do not forget to hide the correction on the lips and eyes.

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Step 4

Create a new layer below the model layer and using the Watercolor paint brush, the brush color is red, add a pattern to the model image:

You can see the brushing area through the model’s face image:

Step 5

In this step, we will add a Stone texture to our scene. Open the original Stone texture image in Photoshop. Select part of the texture:

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected fragment of stone texture on our working paper. Place the texture in the neck, as shown in the screenshot below:

Apply the following adjustment layers to the stone texture layer.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

The result of the current lesson:

Repeat the whole process, add more stone texture in the neck:

Also add a fragment of the texture around the eyes and lips, just keep your eyes open:

Step 6

Next, we add curls of hair to the model. We return to the layer with the model and using the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), in the settings, set the radius Feathering (feather) 30 px, select the fragment, as shown in the screenshot below:

Duplicate the selected area of ​​hair on a new layer. Apply adjustment layer to duplicate layer. Black and white (Black and White).

Next, activate the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool) and using Deformations (warp), warp the hair, as shown in the screenshot below:

Position the created hair curl as shown in the screenshot below:

Duplicate the layer with the created hair curl several times. Arrange the hair in such a way as to get the effect of the hair, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 7

We can add a watercolor effect on top of the model image using a brush. Watercolor paints – in the brush settings do not forget to set Pressure (flow) and Opacity (opacity) brushes by about 50%:

We can add a stone texture to the background of our scene – select a fragment of the stone texture, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selected fragment of the stone texture onto our working paper. Make sure the stone texture covers the entire scene. Apply the following adjustment layers to the stone texture layer:

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Hide part of the Stone texture in the image area of ​​the model:

Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer with a stone texture in the background to about 15%:

Step 8

We have almost completed the lesson! Finally, create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Atl + Shift + E). Duplicate the merged layer and add sharpness to the duplicate layer using the filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask Filter):

To color-correct the entire image, add the following adjustment layers on top of all layers:

Selective color correction (Selective color)

Color Balance (Color Balance)

Next, I created a new layer on top of all the other layers, changed the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and with a brush Watercolor paint, brush color pink and red, added watercolor patterns around the model’s image:

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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