Create a beautiful abstract portrait (part 4)
Create another layer above, change its blending mode to Multiply and use the Clipping Mask (Command / Ctrl-Alt-G). Take a more saturated blue sample below the butterfly (indicated by a red circle in Fig. 5), and then draw an area under its feet to simulate a shadow:
Open another butterfly image. As shown in Figure 1, cut out the butterfly and paste it above all layers. Then use a new layer (blend mode – “Multiply”, set it as “Clipping Mask”). Take a dark blue sample and draw the lower side of the wing to create a shade, as shown in Figure 2.
Using a new layer (Blend Mode – “Overlap”, set it as “Clipping Mask”), take a blue sample and paint the upper side of the wing to simulate the lighting, as shown in Figure 3.
As shown in Figure 4, while holding down the Command / Ctrl key, click on the thumbnail layer of the first butterfly to create a selection, and then, while holding Command / Ctrl-Shift, click on the thumbnail of the second butterfly.
As shown in Figure 5, go to the layers panel and add new adjustment layers on top of the remaining layers. Set the “Gradient Map” parameters as shown in the figure:
8. The finishing touches
Open the spray image and drag it into the main project document. Change the blending mode to Multiply (Figure 1). Then remove most of the hard edges with the “Levels” (Figure 2).
Now look at Figure 3. On it, I identified the places where the background of the texture of the spray is completely blurred, and the spray mixes with the main background. Go to Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All, and then paint the areas indicated in Figure 4 with a soft white brush to show the splashes:
Go back to section 5, and do the same: copy and paste the blue elements as shown in Figure 1. But now we need to place some of these elements on the woman’s face. This will improve and give the woman’s face a certain expression.
Create a new layer below all layers of blue elements, change its blending mode to Multiply and select the Brush tool (B). Set it to “Hardness” low, and then take a sample of skin color from the face and draw in this layer the areas indicated in Figure 2:
Create a new layer at the very bottom of the stack, and then select the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a large, regular circle with the color #ebebeb (Figure 1).
After adding the circle, some not deleted parts from other images appeared (indicated by green arrows). Add a mask to the circle layer and erase these unnecessary parts (Figure 2).
Duplicate this circle (Command / Ctrl-J), reduce the “Fill” to 0. Then go to the layer styles, select the “Stroke” and set the style parameters to the values shown in Figure 3. Thus, we will add a beautiful, thin to the circle stroke You can duplicate the stroke layer several times, and make it bigger with Command / Ctrl-T (Figure 4). This will fill the empty space in our composition:
Choose four bright colors, as shown in the first four images below: pink, yellow, blue, green. Set the brush options shown in Figure 5.
As can be seen in Figures 6 and 7, we select a brush with a small diameter (1-2 pixels) and try to paint over the areas indicated in the drawings. Switch from one color to another when you need it. I used a larger brush to paint on a woman’s face, and a smaller one to paint on her hair. Apply different colors for a change:
Add above all existing layers a few adjustment layers that should balance the whole composition. Go to the layers panel and add the “Color balance” adjustment layer (Figure 1), and then add “Selective color correction” (Figure 2). You should get something similar to the image shown in Figure 3:
Create a new layer, fill it with the color # e9ede5 and go to Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Figure 1). The settings may vary depending on how large your document is. Change the blending mode of this layer to “Multiply” and go to Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All. Then use a soft white brush to show areas in the corners of the image, as shown in Figure 2.
Press Command / Ctrl-A (select the entire canvas), and then Command / Ctrl-Shift-C (copy with merge) and Command / Ctrl + V (paste). Paste this merged layer on top of the other layers. Next, press Command / Ctrl-Shift-U to discolor the inserted image (Figure 3).
Change the blending mode of this layer to “Soft Light” and go to Image> Correction> Shadows / Lights and apply the settings shown in Figure 4. Now all the applied corrections will be displayed in real time thanks to the blending mode “Soft Light”.