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)

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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:

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

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

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

Black and White

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Levels

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 2

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

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

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

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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:

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

Black and white

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Levels

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Curves

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and here is the effect so far:

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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

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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”:

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

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

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

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

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Step 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Step 5

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

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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%:

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and here is the effect you will have:

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

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

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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!