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Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

psdvault Photo Editing May 31, 2012

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level Photoshop tutorial and some steps can be a bit tricky, but why not have a try!

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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Step 1

Create a document size 660px * 1100px with black background. Load the cracked wall image into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below:

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Copy and paste the selection onto the canvas, resize it to fit the width:

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Add the following 3 adjustment layers over the texture layer:

Black and White

1 bw Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Levels

1 lv Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Curves

1 curves Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Use a soft eraser to remove some parts of the cracked texture layer, and aim to achieve this effect as shown below:

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Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop, and cut the body of the model out and paste it onto our canvas, resize and position it to the centre:

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Use a soft eraser to erase the edge of the model as shown below:

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Also use some grunge brushes as eraser, remove some parts of the model as shown below so to have a shattered effect:

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Use the Smudge Tool with 9% strength and 15px in size, apply some smudge effect over the lips some it looks a bit distorted as shown below:

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Step 3

Add the following 3 adjustment layers to this model layer as clipping mask:

Black and White

(Make sure you erase the hair portion on the layer mask of this black and white adjustment layer to reveal the red hair)

3 bw Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Levels

3 lv Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Curves

3 curves Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

and you will have the following effect so far:

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Step 4

Now let's add some hair onto the model - we can achieve via the Pen Tool and the brush tool. Firstly, draw a work path as shown below with the pen tool:

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Choose a 3px hard brush as shown below:

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And pick a dark red colour similar to the hair colour:

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Go back and select the Pen Tool again and right-click on the path, and choose "Stroke Path":

4 stroke Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Stroke the path with the selected brush, with "simulate pressure" option on:

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and you will have the following effect:

4 effect Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

Duplicate this hair layer a few more times, resize and rotate the duplicated layers with the free transform tool, and aim to achieve the effect as shown below:

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Step 5

We will be adding some abstract brush patterns using the brush we downloaded to around the model:

5 brush Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

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Make sure you adjust the brush size and colour (I used red) in order to add different effect to the model:

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Add some brush strokes to around the hair area as well:

5 brush 5 Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

For artistic effect, use liquify effect to add some flowing effect on the brush paint as shown below: (use the forward warp tool on the liquify filter to achieve this effect)

5 liq Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

and here is the overall effect I have after apply the brushes:

5 overall Create Abstract Dark Photo Manipulation with Splatter Brushes in Photoshop

I then further added some colour effect onto the image with selective colours and image adjustment layer, and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

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