Create an abstract liquid effect in Photoshop

  • Software: Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Project time: 1-2 hours
  • Skills: Create colour effects on photos and compositions, Control layer effects, Master filters and tools

In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how to use a photograph, some 2D elements and a 3D render to create an abstract liquid effect with a real sense of motion. I got into abstract digital art through experimentation. My background is in art and graffiti, and I’m giving a nod to those pre-digital days in this image by using paper and pen mixed with photographs.

I’ll walk through a number of expert tips and techniques using some basic tools in Photoshop. Experiment with these and you’ll be able to improve your skill set with just a few tricks.

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