Create a new document choose a color from the color or swatch
palette to fill the background layer.
Choose Pattern Fill from the adjustment/fill layer icon on the
bottom of the layers palette. There you will see several Adobe preset pattern
I'm choosing the upper right one which has a smooth, liquidy
kind of feel. Go ahead and choose that as your fill.
You can now adjust the scale of the fill and see it in the
preview window. Here we want to create a larger silky wave pattern so increase
the scale to around 300.
Now that you have the pattern fill layer (on its own layer), go
ahead and change the blending mode to Hard Light. This will let the fill layer
blend with the purple light of the layer below (purple background layer). This
gives us a nice silky texture.
Here I have a portrait layer which I've dragged into the
document...go ahead and do the same.
Now create a layer mask and use the gradient layer mask method
on diamond or radial. You are masking the darker areas of the layer to blend in
with the silky effect below (as you can see the masking on the rubylith and in
the layer mask icon).
You can do some other adjustments such as changing the color
balance. You can do this by creating a color balance adjustment layer or by
going to Image: Adjustments: Color Balance when you are on a layer which you
want to adjust. Adjustment layers are covered in depth with video tutorials in
the Basic Photoshop
Here I'm tweaking the sliders to go in favor of a more
purplish/blue tint. Minor adjustments like these can often make a big
difference; esp. if you have a layer that was off color to start with. We want
the portrait to fit in more with the overall color theme and this adjustment
does it very well.
Lastly, create a text layer using your font library and add some
bevel and stroke effects to it in the blending options/layer effects dialog box
(right click on the layer in the layers palette)....and voila!
An elegant, interesting and colorful portrait. Keep in mind that
when you start out with great photographs, the easier it is going to be to
produce a little quality design 'enhancements'. ;)