How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Today, I’ll show you a few quick techniques for creating abstract cosmic artwork in Photoshop CS5 – it’s all about layering, using brushes and working with blending modes. Let’s get started!

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How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques 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 #44082A color the new background layer.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as in the picture below with the color #C22A3F.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer again and use here the Soft Round brush mentioned above to continue painting the background with the color #822957.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and fill it with #74164D color, applying the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from Shutterstock. 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 Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques 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 Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Hard Light.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques 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 Mechanical brush of black color.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush with different diameters to hide the model’s layer as it is represented below:

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as in the picture below. The brush’s color is #F941FF. Place the layer under the model’s layer.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use again the Soft Round brush mentioned above to make darker the background around the model. The brush’s color is #3A0822. Place the layer under the model’s layer.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we must create the next selection, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and place the layer under the model’s one.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Select the Soft Round brush to paint inside of the selection with white color (brush Opacity – 15%).

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Press Ctrl+D to remove the selection. We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, we have to incline the created layer.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Make four copies of the last made layer and use again the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copies as in the picture below.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Now we have combine in a group all the lines’ layers (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel).

Insert the mask on the group by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Mechanical brush of black color.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the lines edges as shown.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for the made group to Color Dodge.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5

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