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Abstract brushing part 2 tutorial in photoshop
by - Syntik

Since many people asked me to write an addition to the Abstract Brushing Walkthrough Part 1. I decided to write Part 2 of the tutorial. In this unit you will learn how to put a lot more details and depth into the brushing which you learned in part 1. To carry out this waltkthrough some Photoshop Knowledge is needed Enjoy..

1- To start off, you need to duplicate the brush layer from part 1. (Right click on the "brush" layer and click on duplicate). After you have duplicated the layer, you press Ctrl+U, a new window will come up, with three bars. The last bar is called lightness, this is one we have to use, just forget about the others. Well set the "Lightness" bar to -100. It is very important that it is -100. Well if you got that, just click Ok and we are done with the first step. ( View Image )

2- Ok this step is fairly easy. You select the duplicated brush layer (The layer which we have set dark). You then go to Edit-->Transform-->Perspective. You can now resize and change the depth of the Black Brush layer. Change it around, that it looks like the picture on the left. ( View Image )

3- Duplicate the Black Brush layer which you have just put some perspective on, and move it around. Keep in mind that you want to stay on your original brush, so that the black brush layers dont overlap at the edges of the white. Try to play with the transparency. (Right click on the layer-- Blending Options. Set the transparency to 60-70. This step is very important because we do not want to many black parts in our brush. ( View Image )

4- This is the easiest step of all. If you have mastered everything untill now, then you are fine. You keep repeating step 3. Always try to play around with the transparency. This will give nice effects. Also try to change the perspective, and also try other things like Distort or Skew, these can be very helpfull, indeed. ( View Image )

5- Ok this is a little extra, which I thought I'd include. In this step you will learn how to add color, contrast and brughtness to the brush, Go to Image --" Adjustments --" Color Balance. A new window will open, where you can change the colour. For Midtones set the colums to -26, 0, 7 For Highlights to -4,0,-57 and For Shadows to +6,0,+9. Then click Ok, this should give you the effect shown on the left picture. ( View Image )

I really hope you have mastered the tutorial, As you can see, the brush now has a lot more details then compared to the brush in part 1. The color balance has nicely brought out the lighter and darker parts of the brush.

Here's some examples where this technique is used.

PS: Tutorial written with the permission of the Author!