How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

April 24th, 2012 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Photo Editing

   

Today, I’m going to show you how use custom brushes and some cool post editing techniques in Photoshop CS5 to create a beautiful abstract artwork. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating 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 black color the new background layer.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as it is demonstrated next picture. (The brush colors and brush Opacity are indicated.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and apply the Soft Round brush mentioned above to continue painting the background.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects 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 a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects 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 a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Next create a new layer and use again the Soft Round brush to paint the background around the model. This layer needs to be placed under the model’s layer.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Saturation.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to insert several light spots on the background. The layer will be placed under the model’s layer.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll select again the Soft Round brush.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as shown. Place the layer under the model’s one.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Next step we’ll download sets of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: rebelFive_Linear_Brush_Set_1 .

Copy the brushes file to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop X\Presets\Brushes folder (Adobe Photoshop X been your version of Photoshop).

Create a new layer and load the downloaded brushes, select the next brush from the downloaded set.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Use this brushes to add the next abstract lines. The brush will have white color and the layer will be situated under the model’s one.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 67% for this layer and set the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in 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 15% in Options bar).

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the lines coming out on the left model’s side.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Next we have to create a new layer and select the next brush from the rebelFive_Linear_Brush_Set_1 set of brushes.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to add the next abstract lines, having white color. Place the layer under the model’s one.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 59% for this layer and set the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in 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 15% in Options bar).

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide some zones on the layer with abstract lines.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Levels to adjust tonal range.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Adjusting black and white points with Levels Input sliders. Input slider must be in the next position (34 and 232).

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between the adjustment layer and the model’s layer in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

Drag the slider to the right to increase the Hue of the color range. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Saturation and Lightness.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects 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 a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork using Light Effects in Photoshop CS5

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  • tina

    26/04/2012

    Considerate,Thank you

  • Stacy Summers

    05/05/2012

    Amazing result! easy to follow tutorial :) Thank you for sharing!

  • Kuntal Sengupta

    13/05/2012

    It is much better than any other Photoshop tutorial website.

  • Adele

    26/05/2012

    I’m having some trouble with painting the initial colours onto the black background. The Hex codes don’t seem to be correct. I get much darker, more saturated colours using the codes supplied.

  • john

    09/06/2012

    i’m too much interested in this photo editing

  • ArtisticlyFem

    30/07/2012

    Im super excited to start this tutorial! i havent dont anything with photoshop in so long and i finally got cs6!!!!
    thank you for uploading, i hope mine turns out as great as yours did :)

  • zhhailei

    31/07/2012

    thx;I like the style

  • Saad

    10/08/2012

    It is really nice Photoshop tutorial website. Thanks for sharing :)

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    01/10/2012

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    08/10/2012

    wow.. cool