Create slick abstracts with a limited palette

  • Software Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Time needed 4 hours
  • Skills-Use colour overlays-Work with grid structures-Play with colour treatments in Photoshop

Here, we’ll build a visually striking collage-style image using silk and material elements, and a limited colour palette. Focusing on my piece ‘Black on Black’, we’ll explore how to create an abstract feel with the addition of natural elements – such as a horse head and human hair – and experiment with a different grid structure to give the piece its ultimate impact.

In this tutorial I’ll also explain how to recreate one of the most striking aspects of this piece – its limited colourway – and how to achieve the right balance using limited shades. The images I’ve used here have all been selected from stock photography websites, so think about the kind of image you want to create before starting and have a look for some of your own.

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