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In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop. You will learn some interesting methods of creating nice-looking abstract line effects and some fancy colouring technique with adjustment layers. Have a try!

This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – 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)

rocky face flatten 550x313 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Model by faestock

Rock Texture

Crack Brushes (Pick one from the list)

Optional: Abstract Brush Set

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 820px with black background. Load the rock texture into Photoshop and select the rock part of the image as shown below:

1 sel1 550x404 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection to our canvas and resize it, place it to the bottom right side of the canvas as shown below:

1 paste 550x271 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Apply the following adjustment layers to this rock layer:

Black and White

1 bw1 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Levels

1 lvs1 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Repeat the above process and add another piece of the rock texture to the bottom left of the canvas, and here is the effect so far:

1 effect1 550x310 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Step 2

We will work on manipulating the model’s face in this step. Load the model image into Photoshop and cut out the following portion, paste it to the centre of the canvas as shown below:

2 paste 550x312 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Use the crack brush you downloaded, remove parts of the face as shown below:

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Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this face layer:

Black and White

2 bw Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Levels

2 lvs Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Curves

2 curves Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect1 550x308 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Step 3

We will add some more rock texture over the face in this step. Repeat the process in Step 1, but this time we use a smaller piece of rock texture. Add the rock texture to the following area:

3 paste 550x280 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Keep adding more rock texture to the following area:

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You can adjust the layer opacity of the rock layer so as to add more depth for our image:

3 opacity 550x265 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Step 4

We will add some abstract lines around the face. Use a particle brush to paint some particles on a new layer (I used the colour orange):

4 particle 550x440 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Apply Motion Blur filer to this particle layer:

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4 mo set Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Then go to Filter > Distort > Twirl and apply the following settings:

4 twirl Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Use a soft eraser to remove parts of the layer, and here is the result you will aim to achieve:

4 twirl effect 550x418 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Repeat the above process and add more abstract lines to our image:

4 effect 550x365 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Step 5

We will work on some final touches for this image. I added some extra lighting patterns with an abstract brushset: (You can achieve the same result with a space themed stock image)

5 lighting effect 550x243 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following “Reduce Noise” filter to the duplicated layer:

5 redu 550x412 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

I added some colours to the image with the following adjustment layer:

Selective Color

5 sel red Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

5 sel yel Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

5 sel neu Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

5 sel black Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Brightness and Contrast

5 bc Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

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

rocky face flatten 550x313 Create Rocky Face Manipulation with Abstract Lighting Effect in Photoshop

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Till next time, have a great day!


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