Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CC

The following tutorial is about the abstract photo manipulation. You can do wonders with images only if you master the technique. The amazing part is there is no especial rule for inducing abstraction in the images. It’s all creativity. Let’s start!

STEPS

1. Open the image in Photoshop.
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2. Grab the quick-selection tool and make the selection of runner. Right-click on the selection and select layer-via-copy. Rename this layer to athlete. Click on the visibility-icon of the background layer to make it invisible.
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3. Select the background-layer thumbnail and create a new fill layer (Layer—>New-fill-layer—>solid color). Select the black color from color-picker.
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4. Create another new fill layer (Layer –>New-fill-layer—>Gradient). Set the settings of the gradient picker as below. Also, right-click on the layer-thumbnail and select create-clipping mask. Set the radial-gradient from the properties panel.
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5. The image will now be turned into:
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6. Create a new-layer (press ‘Ctrl Shift N’). Create a new layer. Set the foreground color to red. Select the rectangular-marquee tool. Make a rectangle as shown in the image below. Select the paint-bucket tool and click inside the selection. Repeat the step to create several rectangles.
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7. Click on fx to apply the layer-styles. Select inner-shadow and inner-glow styles and set the settings until it appear like this:
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8. Press ‘Ctrl; and click on the layer’s thumbnail. Apply the layer-mask. Set the foreground color to white. Grab the soft-mechanical brush and apply on some places on the rectangles.
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9. Apply motion-blur. Filter->Blur—>Motion-Blur. Set the distance to 151. Press ‘Ctrl F’ several times to give the layer motion-blur again and again so as to strengthen the effect.

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10. Repeat the steps 6-9 to create the rectangles of some other colors (yellow & green) and give them a motion blur effect.
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11. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate the layer so as to make it dense. Duplicate again. Apply radial-blur (filter –>blur—>radial blur)
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12. Select background layer. Press ‘Ctrl J’. Move this background-copy layer above the color-fill-layer. Apply the noise and motion blur.
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Viola! The image is ready.
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Author: Haseeb Khan

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