Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Photoshop

May 31st, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract space poster using geometrical shapes, masks and apply some filters in Photoshop. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with black color the new background layer.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document. The Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command may be helpful in changing the girl’s sizes.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Press D to set the default foreground color in black, and the default background color in white. Create a new layer and go to Filter>Render>Clouds to generate a soft cloud pattern using random values of the foreground and the background colors. Place the layer under the girl’s one.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon. Next select the Soft Round brush of black color (set the Opacity to 30% in Options bar).

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use this brush to hide the clouds around the girl. Place the layer under the girl’s one.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next we have to copy the made layer and apply on it: Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp mask to increase the contrast along the edges.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Triangle shape at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click and drag to draw the shape. Sizes and placement may be changed if applying the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command. Place this layer under the girl’s layer.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Add Stroke

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect on the shape.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the Custom Shape Tool (U), we can add many shapes around the girl.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Their Layer Styles should be the same with the triangle’s ones. Change their sizes and placement with Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command. Place the layer also lower than the girl’s one.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select on it the Hard Round brush.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use this brush to draw a tetrahedron of white color, hold down SHIFT to draw a straight line between the two points. Place the layer under the girl’s one.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Draw another three tetrahedrons around the girl.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply the Soft Round brush.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use this brush to represent many dots with white color, changing its Master Diameter and the Opacity value. Place this layer under the girl’s one.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next we have to create a new file (File>New) with the size 20px by 20px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Diamond Card shape at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click and drag to draw the shape of black color.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Choose Edit > Define Pattern. Enter a name for the pattern in the Pattern Name dialog box.
Get back to the girl’s document and use now the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a ellipse of white color.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow.

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

Create a Dark and Surreal Geometric Space Poster using Adobe Photoshop CS4

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  • andre

    31/05/2010

    THANKKK YOUU!
    It’s perfect… (:

  • budiman

    01/06/2010

    thank you…
    learn many from this tut,

  • Tasha

    01/06/2010

    The Shape part isn’t working for me… Nothing happens… i draw the triangle and the inner glow and stroke don’t appear :/ what am i doing wrong?

  • Rex

    08/06/2010

    I’m with Tasha. I have the triangle but it doesn’t do anything when you apply the layer styles…

    A little clarfication, please?

  • Rex

    08/06/2010

    Susses it. When you add the triangle shape it must be set on ‘fill pixels’. Top left of the screen, three little square icons, third one .

  • THE ONE

    12/06/2010

    Thank you so much for these great tutorials, this is my try at this tutorial.http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc291/eyezoftiger/darkandsurreal.jpg

  • THE ONE

    12/06/2010

    sorry about double post internet keeps dropping

  • Kristie

    15/06/2010

    Hey, thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable tutorial. Here’s my version:

    http://s299.photobucket.com/albums/mm284/kristie-cam/?action=view&current=GeometricGirl.jpg

  • photo editor

    21/06/2010

    Simply but effective. I like it ! :)

  • deden

    20/07/2010

    that right… it’s like easy steps.. i like it..

  • Foudhil

    24/07/2010

    Great tuto.

    Thank you.

  • Corey

    21/10/2010

    I don’t quite understand the part where it says “Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon.” Your would would be much appreciated in advance.

  • shawn

    11/11/2010

    this is by far the realest of tutorials….thanks a bunch!

  • kenny lee

    14/01/2011

    aaaaaaahhh!!!ok so i’ve done everything perfect so far and i just can’t get the spherize thing to work..any tips or something i might be missing.like if i don’t put the circle in one of the corners then it chops off parts,but when they’re in the corners they don’t change how they look at all.

  • katie may

    17/01/2011

    for some reason after i try and make the triangle it wont let me apply the layer style it never shows. :/ idk exactly what im doing wrong. ive tried trouble shooting with it but help would be highly appriciated :)

  • niklord

    19/01/2011

    thnx . :D i got it :))

    add me facebook to watch my work . Mr.Niklord@yahoo.com

  • Gelo

    11/02/2011

    Good tutorial i have a problem “/ i cant put the triangles under de girl layer y cant y move the layer under the girl but doesnt effect how i cant do it !

    Pdc:Sorry for mi english :)

  • Nick

    10/04/2011

    I cant do the group and clipping mask :S i group the rectangles but when i group them i see the icon of a folder, meanwhile ur group looks just like a normal layer icon and it wont do it right…anyhelp

    my FB : NickBboyBasixPolanco

  • indri

    11/06/2011

    thank youu! it’s very useful

  • kurabica

    05/09/2011

    i’m having a problem with the Spherize. filter ..
    i’ve tried so many times but it didn’t work ! :(
    any help !?

  • almamun

    23/10/2011

    Wow. Its amazing and easy (lol)

  • yas

    24/11/2011

    very nice, thanks

  • Choyce

    26/05/2012

    Hi Rex Youre Comment helped a LOT!Thanks

  • thanks

    02/10/2012

    very nice

  • Kim

    19/02/2013

    This was great!! I got hung up at a few steps, but was able to figure my way around it. Thanks so much for posting!

  • Roy C Thomas

    26/04/2013

    Brilliant tutorial… I just loved it. Here is something that I created from here.
    http://tinyurl.com/cnpctzo