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Create an Illusory World with Abstract Composition in Photoshop


Step 16

Do you see it? Yes, this is what you need! At this stage, the effect is difficult to see, but for now we’ll fix it. We proceed to the stage of adjustment layers. First adjustment layer is “Black & White” (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White…). Choose preset “Red Filter”.


Step 17

Next adjustment layer is “Levels” this layer we will create a contrast and a hard texture of buildings. Looks like a printed poster or something like that. But gives a picture of the ordinary. Set values to each marker, as shown in Figure.


Step 18

Now to make more orange on the buildings (show and enhance the effect), I created a new layer, used the short keys Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N, set Mode: “Overlay”, set the check-box to: “Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% grey)”. Apply this layer to the layer below (Alt+ click on previous layer).


Use Burn Tool (O) to lighten the desired areas of buildings and show the destruction. Also You can use a Dodge Tool (O) to darken the distorted portions of buildings and restore them to the texture (to show it).


Here is my result. You can try to arrange for the destruction of the buildings as you like. Create a picture is a creative process, so experiment!



Step 19

Still only skyscrapers in the background. They are not affected previous Overlay-neutral color layer, therefore, create the same new Overlay-neutral color layer but above the layer with the central skyscrapers.


Need greatly lighten dark areas and darken too overexposed to restore the missing texture on skyscrapers.


Step 20

Now add to the group with buildings a layer mask. Set a Gradient Tool (G), set the type of gradient: “Foreground to Transparent” and Radial form, Opacity: 50%. Set Foreground color to Black (X).



Place the gradient as shown in the figure. Do not make too big a spot that did not disappear all the buildings. Only need to slightly reduce their visibility.


Leave previous settings of the gradient. Just change form at “Linear Gradient”. Start to put it out of the working field, and finish by about one-third of the buildings, as shown in the figure. It is important not to tilt it, to make it hold Shift.


Step 21

Now start working with cubes. At the beginning of this tutorial, I wrote to you, it’s a little monotonous activity (at least so I was because I came up with 5 different versions), but believe for you it will not be very difficult and long. You can use the cubes that you like more. The principle of operation remains the same.


Step 22

Let’s start with black cubes. I used just use three types of cubes (Cubes 4, 7, 9). To begin, place the desired cubes in worked document (File > Place (Place Embedded…)) and remember, all the cubes have to be over a group with buildings. Let’s start with the edges of the image, so it will be easier (use “Cubes 7”). Duplicate this layer (Cmd /Ctrl+ J or Layer > Duplicate Layer…)


Transform (Ctrl/Cmd+T or Edit > Free Transform) cubes like shown in the image below. On the left side of the image I was a little increased cubes, and on the right side of the image, only used their left-hand side.


Place (File > Place (Place Embedded…)) the remaining two types of cubes as shown in Figure. Use Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform) and Flip Horizontal (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) to get like my result. I tried to arrange them so that then add the white cubes and their general location be like a spiral. Try to stick to the middle of the image. Apply the cubes so as to fill the gap between white and buildings.

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