How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a floral portrait of a woman with flowers, leaves, branches and butterflies. We’ll not only combine different images using standard blending techniques but also learn how to make abstract elements. We’ll also use filters and enhance the color to achieve a fresh and creative result.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. Add the Background

Step 1

Create a new 1500 x 1500 px document in Photoshop with the following settings:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color and pick the color #e4dbe7:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and decrease the lightness a bit:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

On this layer mask, use a soft round brush with black color (soft black
brush) and Opacity about 20-30%to paint on the middle of the canvas to make this area a bit brighter than the edges. It will help to focus on the center. Here are the results on the mask and on the picture:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

2. Add the Model

Step 1

Open the model image and isolate her from the background using your favorite method. In this case, I used a layer mask with a hard black brush. Create a new fill layer between the background and the isolated model and pick any light colors.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Create two new layers and use a soft brush with the colors#331f18 and #9c7966 (these colors are picked from the head) to fill in the hair.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Hide the background and the fill layer and hit Control-Shift-Alt-E to merge all the transparent layers into a new one. Move the merged model into our main canvas using the Move Tool (V):

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a medium-soft black brush to remove the bottom of the model’s body:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set as Clipping Mask to desaturate the model. Change the Master settings as the screenshot below shows:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the model. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the areas which are bright already.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

3. Make the Branches

Step 1

First we’ll be making the abstract branches. Open the flower 1 image. Isolate the flower using the Magic Wand Tool (W) and add it to the main canvas. Go to Filter > Liquify and choose the Forward Warp Tool. Set the brush size to about 300 px (it depends on the flower size you’ve
chosen). Stretch it to change the shape and make it much longer, like a curvy branch:

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Step 2

Duplicate this layer many times and liquify them to get results in a similar style to the first. Arrange them on both sides of the model.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select all of these layers, press Control-G to make a group for them, and change this group mode to Normal 100%. Add a mask to this group and use a medium-soft black brush to erase the bottom of some of the branches to make them look as if they’re growing from the model’s body.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Duplicate several branches, make them smaller and move them to the eye:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer within this group to change the branches’ color.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken the branches:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Open the branch image and cut it out from the white background. Add it to the bottom of the model’s body and duplicate it. Flip it horizontally by choosing Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Place these layers under the abstract branches group.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Add a mask to each of these layers and clear their bottom.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Duplicate them several times and arrange them around the bottom of the model’s body and her head. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to vary their size and position.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Make a group for these branches and add a Color Balance adjustment layer. Increase the Red value of the Midtones:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Use a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #ec0075:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

4. Add the Flowers

Step 1

Open the flowers 3 image and isolate the flowers using the Magic Wand Tool. Place the image at the bottom of the model and cover the holes between the leaves and branches.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Use a layer mask to blend the flowers with the existing elements:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Master settings:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Make a Curves adjustment layer and increase the lightness to make the flower brighter:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Open the flowers 2 image and cut the flowers out as you did with the other elements. Move it into the main document and rotate the side with the flowers and buds in the direction of the eyes.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Here is the result after masking off the parts covering the face:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Duplicate this several times and arrange them around the model. Use a layer mask to delete the areas you don’t want to show on the picture.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Use the Lasso Tool (L) to select the flower on the top of the model, and press Control-J to duplicate this flower on a new layer. Choose the Liquify Tool and pick the Twirl Clockwise Tool to bend and tweak this flower to make it appear like an abstract one. Feel free to form it in the way you want but keep it still looking like a flower, so don’t tweak it too much. Place it on the left of the head area with the leaves.

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Step 8

Duplicate this flower several times and continue bending them to make them appear different but still in a similar style. Place them above the top of the abstract branches and on the arm.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Make a group for all the elements made from the flowers 2 image. Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and reduce the Saturation value to -40:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

5. Create the Abstract Makeup

Step 1

We’ll be going through a very interesting stage. Press D to turn the foreground and background to default (black and white). Create a new layer on top of the layers and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to draw a circle on the canvas. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Press Control-D to deselect this circle and go to Filter > Pixelate > Pointillize. Set the Cell Size to 67:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Tweak this circle using the Liquify Toolsto get a result similar to the one below, or any shapes you wishfor.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100% and use a layer mask to make the effect visible only on the model’s cheek:

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Step 4

Duplicate this layer twice and move them to the forehead and arm. Mask off the unwanted details to make the effect subtle and soft.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Create a group for these layers (remember to change the group mode to Soft Light 100%) and use an Invert adjustment layer to invert the effect color:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

6. Add the Butterflies

Step 1

Open the butterfly 1 image and isolate the butterflies from the background. Select the middle butterfly and place it above the highest abstract flower on the right side.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to make the butterfly more saturated:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Open the butterfly 2 image. Take the blue butterfly on the top left and move it above the highest abstract flower on the left of the main document:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Change the butterfly color using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Use a Curves adjustment layer to make the butterfly brighter:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

7. The Final Adjustment

Step 1

We’ve finished adding the elements, and now it’s time to change the color. Create a Color Fill layer on top of the layers and pick the color #1f0901. Set this layer mode to Exclusion 100%:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights values:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Add a Curves adjustment layer to change the contrast and color of the whole image:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #bbb85d:

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Create another Photo Filter adjustment layer and select the color #f7014c. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the effect on the edges and the model’s face. This aims to avoid making the color effect look flat.

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Step 6

Use a Selective Color adjustment layer to alter the color of the leaves and butterfly 1.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Add a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the effect. You know it’s my all-time favorite adjustment layer!

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Make a Levels adjustment layer and decrease the Midtones value. Select this layer mask and paint on the middle to make the edges a bit darker. It helps to create a subtle vignette effect.

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Congratulations, You’re Done!

I hope that you’ve learned something useful for your future projects. Feel free to leave your comments in the box below—I’d love to see them. Enjoy Photoshopping!

How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop