Create an Abstract Portrait in Photoshop

Create an Abstract Portrait in Photoshop
step13
And here is the result in color dodge blending.
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Step 14

To adorn the scene, we may add some blinks around the girl. Create another new layer above the highlight layer. Fill this layer with black and set to color dodge blending. Name this layer, say, light. In the same way as in the previous step 13, paint combination of white and yellow color on areas around the head and the other parts needed.
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Step 15

We will do some color adjustment to the scene. Go to layer > new fill layer > solid color.
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Set this color fill layer to exclusion blending at about 47-50% opacity.
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Now go to layer > new adjustment layer > photo filter.
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Set this photo filter layer to normal at 60% opacity.
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Finally, select all visible layers and hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+A to merge them into a new single layer. Name this layer, say, final. Go to filter > others > high pass
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Set this layer blending option to overlay at 100%.
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It's Done!

final result

Final Results

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Tutorial by Dek Wid

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Thank you for following this tutorial. I hope this tutorial will be a help for you in learning photo manipulation. Happy photoshopping. - Dek wid

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14 comments on “Create an Abstract Portrait in Photoshop”

  1. The steps listed don't seem to be the ones actually used. It's not working out at all, for example coloring over the eyes makes the eyes no longer visible.

  2. WOW!!! that’s a really informative article, I am very much inspired. Your tutorial helps me as like my mentor, i am looking forward to more informative article form you.

  3. This is great, but It isn't working for me because of the way I am drawing the texture? Are you using a tablet?

  4. I have only started using photoshop for things other than photo retouching. It is amazing how much you can do with the program once you get into it and start to use the tools the proper ways.

  5. This is a very cool effect, but I can't create it in Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC2015. Do you not have an updated version?

  6. I have wanted to make something like this for a project I have in school. This tutorial should do the trick!

  7. Wow. This is stunning! Great job here. And thanks for sharing the steps on how you achieved this, will give it a shot when I have some spare time.

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