Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration

August 16th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to transform fashion photography into abstract female photo illustration using Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 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 #011423 color the new background layer.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
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, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
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.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Next select the Ellipse tool (U) to represent a small ellipse of the color #470E2E. Place the layer under the girl’s one.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Make sure the ellipse’s layer is active and click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon. Select the Soft Round brush of black color from Brush Tool (B).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to paint in the mask to hide the ellipse’s edges, exactly the way shown below:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Make a copy of this last made layer and select for the copy the Soft Round brush mentioned above. Add layer mask and paint in the mask to hide the ellipse’s edges, exactly the way shown below:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new layer and use on it the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to represent a elliptical selection inside of which we’ll paint with Soft Round brush (click several times on the central part of the selection), choosing the color #EFDB84 (Flow – 50%)

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Change the Blending mode for this layer to Linear Light.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
On the next new layer we’ll select the Soft Round brush.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to make darker the girl’s hair, using the color #0E0C0C.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new layer and choose the Soft Round brush.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to represent this time three spots:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Change the Blending mode for this layer to Hard Light.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
On the next new layer we’ll make darker again the edge of the girl’s hair, using the Soft Round brush of black color in this case.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Select Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next effect:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Select once again Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next effect:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s create a clipping mask. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We’ve got the next result:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush to paint the girl’s legs with the color #001426.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create one more new layer and use here the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill it with the color #011423.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Change the Blending mode for this layer to Color Dodge.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Next select again the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a small ellipse:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Make sure the ellipse’s layer is active and click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon. Select the Soft Round brush of black color (Opacity 10%).

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to paint in the mask to hide the ellipse the same way as on the picture below:

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Make a copy of the last made layer and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and place it the same way demonstrated next picture.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Represent another ellipse.

Create Beautiful Abstract Female photo illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Muelfrank

    16/08/2010

    it is very beautiful, I very like it….. nice tutorial

  • Kaede ABK

    16/08/2010

    I like this Tutorial so much …..
    Thank you so much .. and I am waiting new tutorials ..
    Good Luke ♦♥♦

  • Yurbasik

    22/08/2010

    very nice!

  • medyo bastos

    14/12/2010

    I am glad to have found this site. Treasure trove of knowledge to dig in. cheers!