How to Create Symmetrical Abstraction

This Photoshop tutorial explains how to make a very beautiful abstraction. Every time you follow this tutorial results will be completely different but always very beautiful.

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How to Create Symmetrical Abstraction

Step 1

Create a new document with 1000×1000 pixels and background white. It is very important for this tutorial that the document has the same width and height.

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Step 2

Then select the Gradient Tool, select black and white linear gradient (also you can use different kinds of gradient it does not matter) and set up mode to Difference, and fill our canvas with this gradient many times.

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Step 3

Now let´s apply transformation techniques for creating abstraction form. Duplicate this layer with Ctrl+J, after that flip it horizontal by using Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and change layer mode to Lighten for this layer.

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Step 4

Go to Layer > Merge Layers (Ctrl+E) to merge both layers to one. Once layers are merged, duplicate layer with Ctrl+J again. Set up layer mode for copied layer to Lighten again and flip it vertical by using Edit > Transform > Flip vertical.

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Step 5

Merge both layers in one again (Ctrl+E) and duplicate copied layer one more time. Now rotate it 90 CW with Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW, change layer mode to Lighten for copied layer.

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Step 6

Merge both layers in one again (Ctrl+E) and duplicate copied layer one more time. Now rotate it 90 CW with Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW, change layer mode to Lighten for copied layer. Finally, merge all layers into one.

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Step 7

I would like to add the color to the abstraction. Choose Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient and then click Ok. Use same colors as on my picture below and don´t forget to change Gradient Style to Radial.

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Step 8

Change blending mode to Linear Burn for this gradient layer.

Final Image

How to Create Symmetrical Abstraction

You finished this tutorial! Looks very cool, isn’t it?

Creating additional abstraction variations

Making this tutorial many times and changing colors you can get completely different results:

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37 thoughts on “How to Create Symmetrical Abstraction

  1. Ari says:

    Love it! This is my favorite from you so far! Keep up the good work! :)

  2. ibraheem says:

    thank you so much… from kingdom of saudi arabia

  3. smarty says:

    MAN THAT’S SO AWESOME, WHEN I SAW THOSE FINAL IMAGES I WAS AMAZED xD. NICE WORK…

  4. peter says:

    easy to follow

  5. mohsen says:

    I relly like it!!

  6. Venkatesh says:

    really so awesome…. keep going to post… im enjoying

  7. KHDreamer says:

    this is incredible

  8. yavvee says:

    Loved it. Never seen such a simple and innovative tute!

  9. COOL!!! says:

    ITS AMAZING PIECE OF ARTS!

  10. Irwan says:

    it’s wonderful..I like it.

  11. ixong.yahoo.com says:

    Great tutorial!!!

  12. seshu says:

    its wonderful n interesting….itis of immense use to learners like me

  13. Netanela says:

    Thnk you. I love this so much, and I discove it in a great point, when I am not focus in what to do in photoshop, I got a little out of place and little bores. thnks.

  14. jwl789 says:

    Great tutorial loved it

  15. masud says:

    Thanks a lot.

  16. james says:

    cool tutorial

  17. Catherine says:

    Fantastic, Thanks a million. :)

  18. maira says:

    how to change mode

  19. Yumi says:

    Love this. Been making one everyday. But I can’t get the color as bright and bold as yours. Especially like the red and white one. How did you do that? thanks.

  20. Sri says:

    Hi,
    I am a beginner on photoshop and step 3 doent work for me. I am using Adobe Photoshop 5.I would really appreciate if you could help me.
    Thank you

  21. Bani says:

    Love this tutorial!
    Now I know how to do it!

  22. shweta says:

    ITS AMAZING…I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS CAN BE DONE IN PHOTO SHOP

  23. felidae says:

    I think, step 5 and 6 is the same , am I wrong ?

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial..

  24. Tanjareen says:

    Awesome tutorial! Simple and easy to follow. Thank you.

  25. roniel says:

    wow! thanks!

  26. Swopper Stuhl says:

    Great fractal looking output … thanks for this tutorial :)

  27. M.Srinivas Gupta says:

    Amazing….

    Thanks.

  28. cryssac says:

    thz is vry nice…
    thnks

  29. Omgitzkara says:

    These are so easy and turn out GREAT !! Thankss

  30. Ashish says:

    outstanding*****

  31. Logomondo says:

    Very useful tutorial. Keep up the good work.

  32. dakota says:

    try using screen instead of lighten it makes it way brighter

  33. Amber says:

    I love this affect! its so amazing!

  34. Name (required) says:

    Thank very much

  35. MALOU says:

    woooow, its so amazing iiii love it so much….

  36. Raby says:

    Very nice design i love it, I appreciate it :DDDD

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