Create a beautiful and stylish photo manipulation in an abstract style. This picture is a poster with a large number of interesting effects and creative solutions. In this tutorial I’ll show you new and interesting effects, talk about alternative ways of selection, retouching, working with a variety of filters, tools, and much more. We all create a beautiful effect grid of small dots, soft focus, and glow. Read this tutorial and improve your knowledge of Photoshop!
What you’ll be creating
To create this work, I needed only one resource – the model. In this artwork is that all the details and effects created in Cinema 4D and Photoshop by me. I start with the creation a photo manipulation from the background. We will add important background objects and work with blending modes. Next, I add the model and retouched it, add interesting texture to the dress and abstract render, a little effect and a grid of small dots effect for the background. Following I will add the abstract sphere on the foreground and flares. At the end of photo manipulation, I create lighting, soft focus and glow effects, color correction, and sharpening the image. You will need a good mood and be sure to have Photoshop CS at the minimum. In this tutorial will be presented pretty complex effects, so be careful and do not panic. I will write all very accessible and understandable.
Open Photoshop and go on a fascinating journey! First at all create a new document (File > New or Cmd/Ctrl + N) with Width: 3000 pixels, Height: 4500 pixels, Resolution: 200 Pixels/Inch, Background color: #000000 (black).
Add the main color spot and at the same time light source by using a gradient. I work nondestructive method so use Fill adjustment layer “Gradient Fill”. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. In window that appears set Style to Radial, Angle to 90 degrees, Scale to 120% and set up gradient according to the following sequence – #000000 > #315a7a > #4e8eb2 > #92ccf0 > #ffffff. Click OK to apply the gradient. Set layer Fill to 30%.
Next, I add wireframe texture to the background. Go to File > Place…/Place Embedded and open image “013” from “Atom Stock Pack”. In Free Transform mode (Cmd/Ctrl +T or Edit > Free Transform) increase the size quite a bit and rotate it to 156.75 degrees. Hit Enter/Return or press checkmark on settings bar to apply changes. Change layer Blending Mode to “Multiply” to hide the white background.
Now some fractals. Fractals are very useful in the work because they create unique shapes and complementary space. They can be used as a flare or background depending on what you want. Go to File > Place…/Place Embedded and open image “005” from the fractal folder. In Free Transform mode resize the layer as shown in the image below. Use “Screen” Blending Mode to hide blacks and reduce Fill to 75%.
Add another one fractal “004” and move it up on the canvas to continue the first fractal. Use “Screen” Blending Mode and reduce Fill to 70%. Group all layers via Cmd/Ctrl + G or go to Layer > Group Layers and name it “Background”. We will return to this group later. With the groups, it is very easy to work.
And now some bubbles. I accidentally created this render when experimenting with materials. I liked it because (running a little ahead) can be used with different blending modes and they nicely complement the picture. Place Image “2” into working document (File > Place…/Place Embedded). In Free Transform mode reduce the size and rotate on -40.17 degrees. Set Blending Mode: “Screen”, Fill: 60%.