Create a beautiful and stylish photo manipulation in abstract style. This picture is a poster with a large number of interesting effects and creative solutions. In this tutorial I’ll show you a 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 in 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 of 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 effects and a grid of small dots effect for 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 good mood and be sure to have Photoshop beginning with CS version. In this tutorial will be presented pretty complex effects, so be careful and do not panic. I will write all very accessible and understandable.

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

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).


Step 2

Add a main color spot and at the same time light source by using gradient. I work non destructive 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 gradient. Set layer Fill to 30%.


Step 3

Next I add wireframe texture to 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 check mark on settings bar to apply changes. Change layer Blending Mode to “Multiply” to hide white background.


Step 4

Now a bit of fractals. Fractals are very useful in the work, because the create unique shapes and complementary space. They can be used as a flare or backgrounds depending on what you want. Go to File > Place…/Place Embedded and open image “005” from fractal folder. In Free Transform mode resize the layer like shown in the image below. Use “Screen” Blending Mode to hide blacks and reduce Fill to 75%.


Step 5

Add another one fractal “004” and move it up on 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 working.


Step 6

And now a little bubbles. I accidentally created a this render when experimenting with materials. I liked it because (running a little ahead) can be used with different blending modes and they are nicely complement the picture. Place Image “2” into working document (File > Place…/Place Embedded). In Free Transform mode reduce size and rotate on -40.17 degrees. Set Blending Mode: “Screen”, Fill: 60%.