Creating Composit Abstract Images Using a Single Source Image With Photoshop CS5

I have been experimenting with creating composit abstract images using a single source image with Photoshop. Using a single frame as my source image I then built these abstract  images of a few rusted nuts and threaded rods. I think they have a kinship with many African tribal textile patterns that I have seen. The image below is the source image for all the rusty versions in this post.

Rusty Nuts
Rusty Nuts (Source Image)

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For the second set of abstract images I used the single frame image below from a shoot I did on Tower 5.  I was fortunate that the sky was crystal clear and gave me the strong blue negative space around the tower crane and the concrete tower. The more I played with this image the more ways I saw to create composit abstracts that were filled with details and rich colors. The only downside to this method is the massive file sizes that result when combining multiple copies of the source image. In both instances I first processed the source image in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5 before creating the composit abstract images. Doing so allowed me to simply merge the files together without having to go through the full post processing on each version.

Tower Crane and Tower 5
Tower Crane and Tower 5 (Source Image)

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10 thoughts on “Creating Composit Abstract Images Using a Single Source Image With Photoshop CS5

  1. Hi Nick, Doesn’t matter what others have done or are doing. I like what you are doing with this – keep pushing it.

  2. I agree with Rod. I think you are on to something, even though some people say they have done it already. These are very interesting images, and I like them very much. Take care Nick.

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