I like mixing abstract images with many types of subjects. If the elements go together artistically, the results can be quite compelling. In the image above, I first abstracted a macro shot of a rose by applying the Photoshop plug-in Flexify 2 (made by flamingpear.com) several times. I saved quite a few variations, and then I cut out portions of one abstract and pasted it into another.
All of these variations came from the same flower, below, using different parameters in Flexify 2.
Finally, I selected one section of the background with the quick selection tool (which hides under the magic wand tool in the tools palette) and then pasted one of my favorite costumes from Carnival in Venice into the selection.
Here are the steps:
- Open photo of model, Select > all; Edit > copy.
- Open abstract background and select area using the quick selection tool.
- Feather the edge of the selection to make the edge of the ‘window’ blend.
with the model better. Select > modify > feather (1 pixel only).
- Edit > paste special > paste into; this puts the model inside the selected window in the background.
- Size the model to taste using Edit > transform > scale.
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