Abstract Your Face in Photoshop
● Abstract shapes serve to focus attention and deliver meaning to an otherwise uninspired flat portraits.
✓ Marquee Tool✓ Free Transform Distortion✓ Blending Options
• This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project ~
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Step #1: Open a Picture of your Face in PhotoShop.
✗ Open a picture of your face in PhotoShop - you may need to crop the image to get just your face …
✗ … select the Rectangular Marquee Tool …
✗ … and drag a box across part of your face.
✗ Right-click and select Layer via Copy or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+J …
✗ … notice you now have a new layer.
Step #2: Transform the Layer & Add Effects ~
✗ Go to: Edit > Transform > Perspective …
✗ … grab a corner and pinch or squeeze a little.
✗ When you've finished tweaking the layer, hit the ✓
Step #3: Layer Styles ~
✗ Click on the at the bottom of the Layers Pallette …
✗ … try Inner Shadow, Inner Glow & Drop Shadow or anything else you want.
✗ Repeat this process as many times as you think necessary.
Step #4: Again … ~
✗ Draw another rectangle around a different part of your face and make a copy …
✗ … hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T, only this time, hold Cmd(⌘) while you distort the selection.
✗ Do this as many times as necessary …
Step #5: Blur the Background ~
✗ Right-click on the bottom background layer and hit Duplicate Layer …
✗ … then click on the middle layer …
✗ … and go to: Filter > Blur > Box Blur.
Step #6: Opacity ~
✗ Lower the Opacity of the new background layer …
✗ Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.