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Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Abstract artworks like the one you will see on this tutorial are my favorite but I have to admit that it’s a bit more difficult to come up with original ideas and concepts although once created, the tutorials are not that to reproduce by you if you have some experience so I hope you will have fun with this one. Enjoy.

The reason why is hard to come up with ideas for abstract artworks is because the composition is a lot more important than on manipulations. Things like color combinations, light effect and the elements that make up the artwork must be balanced and have to complement one another in order to create an artworks that’s pleasing to the eye.

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Video Walkthrough

Step 1

I like to work with high resolution documents because it’s a lot better when you scale down the image for web presentation. So the canvas size I used for this one is 2800px width by 3500px height. Fill the background layer with color #ededed (we will tweak this in a moment)

Now open the woman stock and subtract the model from the background using the Pen Tool (P), the Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand or whatever method you like. I always prefer the Pen Tool. You can cut the woman’s legs because we will mask the bottom part of her body anyways.

Step 2

Select the background layer which you filled with #ededed (unlock it if it’s locked) and go to Filter>Lens Correction and add some vignetting using the settings shown on image 2.

Step 3

Use the Pen Tool (P) with the “Shape” option active and create a shape as shown on image 3 and set the blend mode of the layer to Softlight and use 40% Opacity.

Step 4

Create a layer mask for the woman layer and use some of the splatter or grunge brushes provided or your own to mask the bottom edge of the woman’s body and parts on the back. Just try to create some random “destruction”.

Step 5

Make a new layer under the woman layer and paint some paint strokes as shown on image 5 using black color. Don’t use the same brush repeatedly, it will not look good. Change your brush several times and flip it if if you use it more than one time.

Step 6

Select the Line Tool (U) and draw a few lines at a 45º angle. You can do that by holding the Shift key while you draw the line. Use different weights (thickness) and lengths for each line so that you have some variation. The color used is black and they were drawn under the model layer.

Step 7

Create a few sharp angle triangles using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). Create the triangle selections and then simply fill them with black. Try to follow the same direction as the lines you drew on step 6 when distributing the triangles on the artwork. I placed some of the triangles above the woman’s layer as well to create some dimension.

Step 8

Open the crow stock image and subtract it from the background using any method you like but as you already know I prefer the Pen Tool (P). Once you’ve done that, paste it on your canvas as shown on image 8 (I scaled it down to 17% of its original size). Repeat the steps explained on Step 4 and Step 5. Use a layer mask to remove parts of the crow’s body and then paint a few splatters on a new layer below the crow.

Step 9

I created more particles using the explosion brush set and the image 23 from the Media Militia particles pack. I placed these particles above the woman’s layer.

Step 10

I used the 3D features of Photoshop to create 2 spheres with a checkerboard texture. Instead of showing you how I made that I prefer to give them to you. So download these shapes and place them on as shown in the image below. If you want you can create colored cubes or pyramids.

Step 11

Add some feathers from the provided sources and place them randomly on the scene. Apply some Gaussian Blur to a a couple of them so that you get an out of focus effect which gives the artwork more depth. Also make sure you completely desaturate the feathers.

Step 12

Add a new layer above the other layers and crate the first light effects using a big soft brush (I used a 1000px soft brush but remember that I’m working on a high resolution document).

Set the blend mode of this layer to Screen and paint a few colored lights like shown on image 12. Then duplicate the layer and change its blend mode to Color Dodge.

Step 13

You can add some more abstract details by using the Custom Shape Tool. I created two white triangles and set their blend mode to Soft Light.

Step 14

The last touches are given by more light effects which I made using a couple of images from my optical flare stock pack which I rotated at a 45º angle and set on Screen.

And that’s how you make a simple yet pretty nice abstract artwork with Photoshop using a few brushes and some light effects. Hope you enjoyed. Please share this tutorial if you liked it. Copying the entire tutorial outside PSD Box is not allowed. Please redirect to this page.

Final result

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About Andrei Oprinca

Yep that's me :) I like Photoshop and Spotify 2 years ago I said to myself I will fill this with some useful info about me but I never had the chance to do it XDDD
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/8078381@N03/ Parée

    I tried this yesterday Andrei. I loved it. I must say, I think I learnt about 8 new things on this one. I am usually really happy if I learn one thing, so I was very impressed.

    I used a photo of a friend of mine & she doesn’t want the pix posted on the net at this stage, but I am hoping to get her permission & I will show you.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with everyone. :)

    • Andrei

      Awesome, thanx for the comment. If she doesn’t want the image on the net that’s fine, totally understandable, don’t force it. If your enjoyed the tutorial and you’re happy with your result, that’s what counts the most.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/8078381@N03/ Parée

    This looks like an awesome tutorial Andrei. Can’t wait to try it

    • Andrei

      Thanks and good luck with it :)

  • robert isquierdo

    used the same techniques you provided and some of the available downloads aswell thank you so much this tutorial was amazing so creative and fun also cant forget that. cant wait to learn more of what you have to offer thanks once again.

    • Andrei

      That’s great. If you liked this tutorial, the next one I will publish will be similar to this but with a more beautiful result in my opinion.

      Thank you all for your comments, they are a great motivation for me to keep going

  • Karichka

    Thank you very much!!

    Спасибо за доступное изложение материала. Уж какая бездна уроков попадалась на русском языке, но Ваши – самые понятные! Парадокс!)) Крепко пожимаю руку!

  • http://www.logoblog.org Nora Reed

    This is very amazing effects. this is very good to see this tutorial, i will try to create mine, applying the same tips!

  • MosSaaB DaOui

    thank you Andrei for this

  • Ihab Khonaisser

    Hii Andrei

    by the way i like all your tutorials it very very nice to me coz I’m a graphic designer also.
    hope to see from u another one very special.

    thank you Andrei for this…

  • Tom Arthur T. Telan
  • Tom Arthur T. Telan

    Hi, Sir Andrei, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WIDENING MY MIND THROUGH THIS TUTORIAL
    Im just new in this field of editing, Im just turned 15 and I wanna know more photo editing…..
    BTW… Do you have any facebook fanpage so I can stay updated on your new stuffs….. THANK YOU ^_^…

    • Andrei

      Hi Tom thanx for your comment. I will publish the video walkthrough soon.

      Yes I do have a Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/psdbox but right now I don’t update it too often. If you want to receive the updates subscribe to the RSS feed (you’ll find the feedburner icon on the bottom left of the page)

  • Daveigh

    Amazing tutorial! Thank you so much for making this!