Create an Emotional Abstract Photo Manipulation of a Rose

Let’s start. Create new file. Go to File > New… Set size to 1884 x 1480 px.

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Place “Old Paper” stock. It will be base to whole project. Drag stock from folder and drop to your Photoshop file.

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Step 3

I really want to achieve grunge style of paper, not old. Add adjustment layer (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment layer…) with Hue/Saturation.

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Now, add Brightness/Contrast.

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Optional – You can add Gradient fill (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment layer…). Radial gradient allows you to make vintage look.

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Step 5

Let’s the game begin, huhu. You will learn, how to mask layer, without using brush. It works with black and white background. Place “Dead branches stock” to your file.

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Duplicate the stock – drag layer on new layer symbol.

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Click on duplicated layer with RMB. Choose “Rasterize layer”.

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From top menu choose Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

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Again go to top menu Image > Adjustments and choose “Levels”.

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It’s time to decrease saturation. Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

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Now, add again Brightness/Contrast effect. Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

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Choose bucket tool and fill with white rest of the layer.

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With white brush, erase not hidden sky.

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Now go to Image > Adjustments > Invert.

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Marquee created layer. (ctrl + A, or just by tool) Copy it. (ctrl +c or Edit > Copy)

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Now go to first layer. With holding alt, click on layer mask (white canvas on the left). Paste created layer (ctrl + v).

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Step 7

Now you can delete duplicated layer.

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Add adjustment layer (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment layer…) with Hue/Saturation. You will make monochrome tones. Click on adjustment layer with RMB and choose “Create clipping mask”.

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Now with holding Ctrl, click on “Dead branches” layer and on Hue/Saturation clipping layer. Drag and drop it to “New layer” symbol.

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Step 10

Duplicate it several times and transform it (Ctrl + T). Use golden ratio proportions to make focus point.

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Place “Rose” stock to your file. Use trick from Step 5 to mask it. Remember about golden ratio! 🙂

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Step 12

Colors are weak. Let’s fix that! Add adjustment layer (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment layer…) with Brightness/Contrast. Then, click on it with RMB and choose “Create clipping mask”.

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Step 13

It’s time to transform effect on the rose. At first, place “Ashes” stock image to your file. Then, click on it with RMB and choose “Create clipping mask”.

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