Create a 3D Abstract Photo Manipulation Style in Photoshop

Create a 3D Abstract Photo Manipulation Style in Photoshop

Create a 3D Abstract Photo Manipulation Style in Photoshop

Step 23

Replace layer mask from the "Curves" model layer to the Gradient Fill layer by holding Opt/Alt and drag and drop layer mask to gradient layer mask. Take a Brush Tool (B) with soft round form, Opacity: 100%, Color: #000000, and remove the gradient from the skin on the layer mask.

Step 24

Now place texture file from "Atom Stock Pack" (File > Place.../Place Embedded) and resize it to the size of the working field and rotate it on 90 degrees Clockwise (right-click in Free Transform Mode > Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise ). Use "Screen" Blending Mode and replace layer mask from the original model layer. On a layer mask, remove the texture from the skin with a black brush. Group all model layers (Cmd/Ctrl + G or Layer > Group Layers...).

Step 25

Now add the hood of the atomic lattice. In the render folder, you will find different images and you can use any. I used this in picture file "4" and "5". Place the "5" image into the working document and resize it so atomic lattice does not extend beyond the edge of the working area. Rotate image to find the best form. Place this image in the region of the head and neck and shoulders of the model. Change layer Blending Mode to "Screen".

Step 26

Replace layer mask (hold Opt/Alt and drag and drop layer mask to atomic lattice) from the original model layer and remove remnants of the lattice on this mask. Be sure to invert (select layer mask > Cmd/Ctrl + I) layer mask to hide all on a model. Leave some texture on the shoulders of the model.

Step 27

Now add the "4" image and create a likeness to do a small crown on the head of the model of the atomic lattice. To do this I used 6 copies of this layer with a very small size. To quickly duplicate the layer, use Move Tool (V) + Opt/Alt key and move a copy. Be sure to use layers Blending Mode "Screen".

Step 28

Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N or use "Create a new layer" icon) above all others with "Screen" Blending Mode. Use Brush Tool (B) with soft round form, Size: 35 - 100px, Opacity: 50% and color: #ffffff (white). Draw some fireflies with different sizes on ends of the atomic lattice.

Step 29

Now create a texture from dots. So, first create a merged copy of all image via Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E. Then set foreground color to black and go to Filter > Filter Gallery... In window that appears go to "Texture" folder and use "Stained Glass" filter with Cell Size: 8, Border Thickness: 9, Light Intensity: 4.

Step 30

Where we create a grid, we need to separate bright areas, which will form the basis effect. To do this I use "Color Range" Tool (Select > Color Range) with Select: Highlights, Fuzziness: 20%, Range: 80. You can experiment with the settings to select more or less points.

Step 31

But the point still remains polygons. I've been thinking about this problem and decided to use Refine Edge to soften the edge and create a true point. While the selection is still active go to Select > Refine Edge or use Opt/Alt + Shift + R. In window that appears, check mark "Smart Radius" but do not change the Radius. Set Smooth: 50, Contrast: 50%, Shift Edge: +3% and click OK.

Step 32

Add a layer mask for this layer to hide all except points (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection... or use "Add a layer mask icon"). Use "Screen" Blending Mode and Fill: 75%. If you want to create more points, repeat Steps 29 - 32 but do not change the settings for "Refine Edge". I had to connect the ingenuity and a lot of experimenting to create the effect. I hope you will appreciate it :)

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19 comments on “Create a 3D Abstract Photo Manipulation Style in Photoshop”

  1. kudos! I love your work, I’m new at this, your tutorial is very clear, I followed your guide and I made it,I hope you can make more tutorial like this, thank you very much.

  2. I'm at Step 44 and am stuck on this part: "Remember, we create a merged copy? Use it again (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E) and move this layer to top of layer stack."

    First, I don't remember creating a merged copy (that doesn't mean I didn't; I just don't remember), and, secondly, I don't know which layers you're referring to that should be included in the merged copy, so, if you could please provide some clarification, I'd be very grateful.


    1. Hi Ray,
      Thank you very much for your letter!

      "Copy Merged Makes a merged copy of all the visible layers in the selected area"

      This function is needed to obtain a copy of your work on a separate layer. You can merge all layers if you want, and then make a copy. But it will be wasted and you will not be able to go back to the layers. You must use the version of the image to which you want to apply effect (all layers in the Layers panel or the layers that you consider necessary use in your artwork). You just need a layer of your result on a separate layer, to apply effects. All the same as in Step 29. Or you can use the method that you prefer. Personally, I like to use this method because it is fast. I used all of the layers that have been in my work at this stage. You can see my layers sequence in the previous step (Step 43).

      Kind Regards,

  3. Your tutorials are very easy to follow and I appreciate that very much. I am just getting started and sometimes I am not even sure what photoshop can really do for me.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I am very glad that you liked my tutorial :). I deliberately tried to make my tutorials are accessible to people with various Photoshop knowledge. I believe that you will succeed! From my experience, the best option is a constant practice and personal experience to help you achieve good results!
      Good luck and new creative achievements to you!

  4. I'm enjoying this tutorial, but it would be even better if the reasoning behind what we're doing was explained, e.g. Step 23 Replace layer mask from “Curves” model layer to Gradient Fill layer by holding Opt/Alt and drag and drop layer mask to gradient layer mask. I understand the basic concept behind layer masks, but I don't understand why we're copying a mask from one layer to another and the effect that has.

    If you could supply an explanation, that would be most appreciated.


    1. Thank you for your comment! I'm glad you liked my tutorial :)

      It is necessary to not doing the same action each time. Because otherwise, you need to create a selection of model and add a layer mask to the desired layer. So just a faster and more optimized work on photo manipulation.

      I would like to say that we need a layer mask on which the model (white color) is separated from the background (black) and remove some areas on it to to hide the effect of the adjustment layer, where it is not necessary.

      I hope I answered your question. If you still have questions do not hesitate to ask and I'm happy to answer you :)


  5. I'm sorry, but I don't understand what we're supposed to be doing in Step 21. You say "Use the average skin tones near the area being edited." I have no idea what that means. I'm fairly new to Photoshop, so it could be my lack of experience, but if you could clarify this step and how exactly we're supposed to go about it, that would be great.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. I think the author meant to select the average skin tone color with the Eyedropper tool. You can set the "Sample Size" setting to 101x101 pixels in the options bar (below the menus after you have the Eyedropper tool selected).

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