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 41

On the layer mask, I removed the partially effect from the brightest areas of the image and model's skin, so they do not become even brighter and did not spoil the picture. Use Brush Tool (B) with soft round brush ans different sizes. Here's my result after applying adjustment layer and cleaning.

Step 42

Now I used adjustment layer "Color Lookup" (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup...) to add more warm tones to the image and expand the color gamut. I use 3DLUT File "FallColors.look" and reduce Fill to 50%. You can try other files from the list. I remember that there were a couple of interesting. Keep in mind that the colors should fit together. And if additional tone is not in harmony with the image, or change the range of the entire image or the additional colors.

Step 43

To focus the viewer on the main subject, I use a small vignette around the image. You can paint it, but I like to use Gradient Fill layer with the settings: default black and white gradient (for white slider set Location: 63%), Style: Radial, Angle: 90 degrees, Scale: 189%, check "Reverse". Set layer to "Multiply" Blending Mode to hide all whites.

Step 44

And now the long-awaited part of the tutorial - effects. I used the "Filter Gallery" to create the desired effect and removes them on smart filter layer masks where they interfere. First, I will create a glow effect. Remember, we create a merged copy? Use it again (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E) and move this layer to top of layer stack. Convert this layer to Smart Object (right - click on the layer > Convert to Smart Object or go to Layer > Smart Objects >Convert to Smart Object), that you can change the filter settings. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Accented Edges. Set following settings: Edge Width: 2, Edge Brightness: 38, Smoothness: 5 and click OK to apply filter.

Step 45

Inverse Smart Filter layer mask via clicking on it and press Cmd/Ctrl + I or go to Image > Adjustments > Inverse... Take a Brush Tool (B) with soft round form, Size: 300 - 500px, Opacity: 20 - 50% and white color. Remove partially the effect from image center, and where you find it ugly.

Step 46

Again create a merged copy of image (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E) and move this layer to top of layer stack. Convert this layer to Smart Object (right - click on the layer > Convert to Smart Object or go to Layer > Smart Objects >Convert to Smart Object). Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Distort > Diffuse Glow. Set following settings: Graininess: 1 (be careful with this, because than larger this value then greater the noise in the image), Glow Amount: 2, Clear Amount: 13.

Step 47

On image below shown where stayed filter. Zone with filling purple I removed on the layer mask using the brush from the previous step. Also remove the effect from some spheres to leave them without a glow. Do not be afraid to try different settings for the filters! You can find interesting options. In this work with filters is ended. All the main effect is finished and there was one last step.

Step 48

In this last step, I sharpen the image. I want to warn you that in this picture a lot of small parts and should not be greatly sharpen, so as not to spoil the image. Create a merged copy of image (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E) and convert it to Smart Object. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass... Set Radius to 2.0 pixels. Use "Linear Light" Blending Mode and reduce Fill to 50% (use only "Fill", not "Opacity").

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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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