How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

April 10th, 2011 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating 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.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in 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.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in 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.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of black color.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to make darker the girl’s contours the same way as on the picture below:

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Create one more new layer and select for it the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to make darker the background on the girl’s right side. The layer should be situated under the girl’s layer:

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Hue/Saturation.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Saturation of the color range.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Next choose the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a small ellipse of the color #FF2E2E.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Lighten.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy as on the next image, using also this color #03023B.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Lighten.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the layer containing the small circle and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy as on the next demonstrated picture. Set Fill to 52% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Lighten.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Make two more copies of the layer with the circle on it and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copies as on the next picture, changing also the Fill, Blending mode and color:

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Use again the earlier applied Ellipse Tool (U) to draw an ellipse of the color #DC0A53.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 52% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Lighten.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to draw a spot of the color #C2501E.

How to create nice abstract artwork via custom shapes and brushes in Photoshop CS5

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  • Ishtiaq

    11/04/2011

    i am using cs2 i have not that brush or might not aware of that please tell me brush effect in the last step the spiral effect of glowing brush

  • am!t bajaj

    11/04/2011

    ye , thx , i really need this

  • Solly Makofane

    05/04/2012

    thanks for the amazing tutorials guys, at last now i can explore the world in 3D because of them, is all about design