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How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We will apply some basic Photo Manipulation techniques such as layer blending and masking, we will also practice some drawing techniques with Pen Tool and Elilipse Tool.

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How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #856D55 color the new background layer.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and take again the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the new layer with grey color.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Apply on the grey layer the next filter: Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 60% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Divide.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and apply th next filter on the mask: Filter > Render > Clouds.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

 

Use this brush to paint the background behind the model. The brush’s color is #CDBD9E.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next triangle as shown. The layer must be situated under the model’s layer.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Now select the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a small ellipse of the color #FEF49B.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the ellipse layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the next area on the ellipse to get the same result as on the picture below:

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Applying the same methods, try to make two more ellipses of the same color. Place the layers under the model’s layer.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), we’ll represent another ellipse which layer will be placed under the model’s one.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the canvas with white color (set brush Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select again the Soft Round brush.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint on the model several places with #F7EC9B color (brush Opacity – 20%).

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5

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