Design an abstract

Use Photoshop Elements to create a colourful and engaging abstract artwork with a little help from the Custom Shape tool. The aim is to create an abstract image filled you like. Creating an abstract can be easy if you with colour and fun. Brushes, duplicate start with the right material and, with Elements, layers and custom shapes really come into those mesmeric shapes and impressionistic swirls their own with this effect, so have a go at thinking are only a bit of time and dedication away. You can like an artist and be creative. Start with basic replicate this tutorial in Photoshop too, as the tools shapes and build up the layers, adding whatever and techniques are very similar. 01 Place in shapes On a new document, use a large solid brush to place circles of different colours and sizes randomly. Now on a new layer (Layer>New Layer) use a brush from the Pen Pressure set (such as Paper Mache) and add organic shapes. Overlap parts of the shapes, leaving some backgrou space. 02 Select the Custom Shape tool, choose any form that you like and draw it on your canvas. Go to Layer>Simplify Layer to convert the shape to pixels. Duplicate this shapes layer and scale it using Free Transform. Make another duplicate and use the Hue/Saturation adjustment to alter the colours. Place the two scaled layers creatively to bring out the contrast. 03 Blend modes Set the scaled layer that you altered with Hue/Saturation to the Luminosity blend mode. Set the original scaled layer to Color Burn and the first copy to Color Dodge. Set the shape layer to Color Dodge and any remaining to Soft Light. 04 Compose the elements Now it s time to compose the different elements. Choose Layer>Merge Visible to flatten all the shapes and their adjustments into one layer. This new composite can then be duplicated. Go to lmage>Rotate>Flip Layer Horizontal, set the duplicate layer to Vivid Light and scale and rotate it using Free Transform (T). 05 Gradient and merging Duplicate this newly scaled layer. Go to the Filter menu and navigate to Adjustments>Gradient Map. Choose the Transparent Rainbow gradient or experiment with the number of different colour schemes available. Now use Layer>Merge Visible to merge all the layers and duplicate this composite. Choose lmage>Rotate>Flip Layer Vertical to stand it upside down and set the blend mode to Difference. 06 Revealing colour Hide the bottom layer by clicking it s eye icon and use the Magic Wand tool to select areas from the top layer. Make sure Use All Layers is unchecked and vary the Tolerance settings. As you select areas, reveal colour from the bottom layer by pressing Backspace on the keyboard. 07 Stroke selections On a new layer choose Edit>Stroke (Outline) Selection and select a contrasting colour to stroke the selection indicated by the marching ants. Choose a line width of 20px and change the blend mode to Color Burn. Make all layers visible again. Expert tip Realistic results With a selection active, you can use the Select menu to invert the area by going to Select>lnverse. This can be handy for large areas by selecting only the part you don t need, and is doubly helpful when you want to edit an area of the image around the main focal point (the background in this case). With practice you can achieve a number of different things with the Inverse command.

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