How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Photoshop

August 1st, 2011 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Photoshop CS5. We will use advanced compositing techniques, layer masking and custom brushes to get an eye-catching poster. Let’s get started!

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How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe 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 stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use here the same Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill this layer with #4E2835 color.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and apply after that th next filter: Filter > Render > Clouds.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to make darker the canvas edges.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from Shutterstock, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes 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.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow for the model’s layer .

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Apply Inner Shadow:

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Add Outer Glow:

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use the Soft Round brush of different diameters to represent many small dots on the canvas.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The brushes’ color is #402F35. Place the layer with small dots under the model’s layer in Layers panel.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Hard Light.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and use the same Soft Round brush to represent more dots of the same color. This layer will be situated under the layer with the model on it.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and apply on the copy the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we have to use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw four small circles which layers will be situated under the model’s layer.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 40% in Options bar).

Now we have to insert on each circle’s layer the mask (by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel). Then select the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint in the mask to hide the circles edges, representing this way the shadows.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

This way we have to represent four more circles, having the same colors the previous have.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s represent now above the model’s layer a new one (Create new layer) and hold CTRL button to select the new layer and the model’s one. Then press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Insert now the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush mentioned above. Use this brush to paint in the mask to change a little bit the opacity of the model’s layer as shown.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Represent a selection now, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M).

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Right-click inside the selection and choose Transform Selection, rotate and place the selection the same way as below.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select Move Tool (M) and click to Apply Transformation.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now you can use arrow keys buttons on a keyboard to displace this selection.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

When you finish to displace just press Ctrl+D to deselect.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We have to repeat the operation three times to separate the model by layers of different thickness.

How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Robby

    05/08/2011

    Wow, this is an excellent tutorials! I love the ball background and the light rays. Thanks a billion.

  • monica

    05/08/2011

    Thanks a million, it was great ;)

  • Nyan Lin Tun

    13/08/2011

    OHH Thanks a million!!! This is really great!!! But can you tell me how to make the glowing effects in the final photos?? It’s really great!!

  • aliPs

    27/08/2011

    very Good.Thanks

  • frz

    29/08/2011

    Nice! tq!!

    @Nyan Lin Tun: u hv to view page 2 :)

  • DeMoN

    26/09/2011

    Very useful lesson! Thanks!

  • MMS

    22/12/2011

    Thank
    Very nice!
    :)

  • cq

    09/03/2012

    WHOO! finally finished it! thanks!

  • smart

    26/05/2012

    its great tutorial…………… also nice and attractfull……..

  • saadi

    06/09/2012

    Thanks, your blog is really useful…

  • salchu rema marak

    10/06/2013

    awsome tutorial….thankz a lot

  • geetha s

    19/06/2013

    It was nice to view such type of tutorials for photos
    back ground.
    It was great! I enjoyed a lot
    Thanks a lot!