Take at least 10 excellent examples of abstract photography.
Tips: Do not represent the subject of the photo in a literal way. Communicate through color, shape, lines, pattern, repetition, form, contrast, etc. Use tightly frames shots (get close to the subject). Think minimalistic - simplify the composition. Use exaggerated perspective or camera angles.
Take at least 5 examples of abstract architecture.
Enhance one of your photos using the instructions below.
ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURE - Select Shapes and Add Color
In this lesson you will make your abstract photographs more abstract by using a minimalist approach. Your objective is to flatten each shape by using a single color – no values, no shadows – only single hued colors
STEPS 1. Open a photograph in Photoshop.
2. Break your photograph into polygonal shapes. To do this follow these instructions.
A. In the LAYERS pallet – select your background layer. B. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to outline straight edged shapes. Make sure the shape is connected (closed). You will see a marching ants outline when the shape is closed. C. Press COMMAND and J to place this shape in its own layer.
3. Color shape layers with any colors you like. To do this follow these instructions.
Select a shape layer in the LAYERS pallet.
Place the mouse over the layer thumbnail (the rectangle in the layer),
then press and hold the COMMAND key and click the mouse. This action selects the shape with the marching ants outline. C. Color the selected shape using the FILL SELECTION option under EDIT. Go to EDIT > FILL SELECTION > USE > COLOR Choose a color. Press OK. Press COMMAND D to deselect your shape.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 on each shape in your photograph.