The Creation of “Diminishing Figure” Digital Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating this “Diminishing Figure” Digital Art in Photoshop. We will build the effect around a human portrait image with metal, fire and abstract brushes. We will also be using image adjustments to fine tune the effect.

This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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

diminish-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Background texture

Model by eric-karr

Fire

Glitter

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 880px with black background. Load the metal texture into Photoshop and select a portion of it with the rectangular marquee tool:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, resize and position it as shown below:

1 paste

Use a big soft eraser tool, remove the following parts from the texture as shown below:

1 erase

Add the following image adjustment layers on top of the texture:

Black and White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect     

Step 2

We will add the model image into our document. Load the image into Photoshop and select the model figure:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and position it as shown below:

2 paste

Apply the following “Watercolor” filter settings to this model layer:

2 watercolor

Then add a layer mask to this model layer, use a grunge brush (you can find plenty of those on the internet) to remove the right side of the face:

2 eraser

2 erase after

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

Black and white

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

Curves

2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We add a fiery eye for this model in this step. Load the fire spark image into Photoshop, select the following portion with an elliptical marquee tool:

Hint: make sure you set the feather of the marquee tool to around 15

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and position it as shown below, and set this new layer blending mode to “Hard Light”:

3 hard light

Duplicate this fiery eye layer twice, you will see fiery effect become more visible:

3 dup

On the topmost fiery eye layer, use the Free Transform tool to warp the fire as shown below:

3 warp

Then go back to the spark image, select the following area:

3 sel fire

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size, rotate and position it as shown below:

3 attach

Step 4

We will continue working on the fire in this step. Use the Warp tool to warp this fire line as shown below:

4 warp

Go back to the spark image, use the lasso tool to select the spark portion:

4 lasso

Copy and paste the selection to our document, set its blending mode to “Screen”:

4 screen

Move the sparks over to the fire layer and re-size it as shown below:

4 resize

Repeat this process and add more fire sparks along the line, and here is my effect so far:

4 effect

Step 5

We will add some final touches in this step. Load the Glitter image into Photoshop and select the entire canvas:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and place this new layer on top of all previous layers, set the blending mode to “Exclusion” and opacity to 40%:

5 exclu

and here is the effect you will have:

5 paste

We can play with the liquify filter and add some liquid effect to the fire:

5 liq set

5 liq

and this is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

diminish-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • Budie Deathlust

    cool…i’ll try soon