How to Create a 3D Floral Collage in Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create a colorful 3D floral collage featuring a beautiful woman.

First, we’ll isolate the model from the background. After that, we’ll add our background. Then we will cut out the model to create a 3D effect. Later, we will add the flowers and crystals. Next, we will import the waves, the jewelry, and the crow on the model. Then, we will the tribal marks and geometrical shapes to keep the collage balanced. Finally, we will adjust the contrast, vibration, and saturation using Adobe Lightroom. Let’s get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Isolate the Model and Prepare the Base Background

Step 1

Create a new 2160 by 1440 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:

Setting up the canvas

Step 2

Open the model image. Cut out the image using the Pen Tool (P). Find a spot on the main image to start drawing the outline. As we’re drawing, we want to zoom in closer to the subject. Press Control-(+) or Control-(–) to zoom in and out.

Outlining the model to remove background
End result of outline

Step 3

Now that we have drawn the outline, we want to soften the edges of the hair before removing the background. Right-click, Make Selection, and then select the Marquee Tool (M). Once the option bar pops up, choose Select Inverse and click on Select and Mask. This will open the Select and Mask Workspace.

Select and masking the picture

Step 4

Then, activate the Refine Edge Brush Tool (R). Brush over any detailed hair areas that are missing from your selection with this tool (we can change the brush size and hardness from the brush drop-down in the top left). This will select the detailed hair areas and remove the contrasting background. When you are done, click OK.

Refining the edges of thair

Step 5

Now we want to remove the background. Select the Marquee Tool (M)Right-click and Select Inverse. Then hit Delete.

2. How to Bring the Image Into the Main Canvas

Drag the image into the main canvas using the Move Tool (V).Then, resize by pressing Control-T. This will bring up the transformation tools you want. We do not want the image to deform or stretch, so press Shift while resizing. Then press Enter.

Bringing the main image into the canvas

3. How to Create a Colorful Background

Step 1

Press Control-Shift-N to make a new layer. Name the layer “Background”. Set this layer under the model’s one.

Step 2

Activate the Rectangle Tool (U) fill it with the blue color #1caeb3 and drag the rectangle over the whole background.

Adding the background

4. How to Create the 3D Cuts on the Model

Step 1

We want to cut out the model’s top head and a little bit of the forehead. Activate the Pen Tool (P), and then outline the top part as shown below. 

Outlining the forehead

Step 2

After drawing the outline, Right-click and select Make Selection. Make sure the model’s layer is selected. Then press Delete on the keyboard.

Selecting the outlined part
Removing the outlined part

Step 3

Next, we want to cut out the bottom part of the model. Activate the Pen Tool (P), and then outline the bottom part, following the body shape as shown below.

Outlining the bottom part

Step 4

After drawing the outline, Right-click and select Make Selection. Make sure the model’s layer is selected, and then press Delete on the keyboard.

Removing the bottom part

Step 5

Now we want to create the 3D effect. Activate the circle Ellipse Tool (U), fill it with black #000000, and then draw a circle on top of the model’s head and place the layer under the model’s layer. Next, name the layer head ellipse.

Creating the 3D effect on top of the head

Step 6

Next, we want to do the same for the bottom part. Activate the Ellipse Tool (U), fill it with black #000000, and then draw a circle on the bottom part and place the layer under the model’s layer. Next, name the layer body ellipse.

Creating the 3D effect on the bottom part
Bringing the ellipse layer under the models layer

5. How to Add the Flowers and Crystals

Step 1

Drag the flower onto the main canvas. Then, Press Control-T to resize the image. We do not want the image to deform or stretch, so press Shift while resizing, and then press Enter. Use the Move Tool (V) to center the image. Next, place the flower’s layer under the model’s layer.

Adding flower in the models head

Step 2

Now, press Control-J to duplicate the flower. Activate the Move Tool (V) to bring the flower onto the bottom part.

Step 3

Then, we want to make the flower slightly bigger. Press Control-T to resize the image, holding Shift while resizing. Right-click and select Flip Horizontal, and then press Enter. Use the Move Tool (V) to center the image. Then, place the flower’s layer under the model’s layer. 

Next, we want to change the flower’s hue.

Adding flowers on the bottom part

Step 4

Now we want to change the flower’s hue. Select both layers, Right-click, and Merge Layers. Then, Press Control-U to bring out the Hue/saturation adjustment layer. Then change the Hue to -61 and the Saturation to +31.

Step 5

Now we want to add the crystals. Drag the crystal onto the main canvas. Then, press Control-T to resize the image, holding Shift while resizing, and then press Enter. Use the Move Tool (V) to place the crystals on the right.

Step 6

Now, we want to add another small crystal in the head. Press Control-J to duplicate the crystal and press Control-T to resize the image, holding Shift while resizing. Use the Move Tool (V) to place the duplicated crystal as shown below. 

End result of hue changed and crytals added

6. How to Add the Waves, the Jewelry, and the Crow

Step 1

Import the waves onto the main canvas. Place the layer above the model’s layer, and then press Alt and click on the adjustment layer to place the image on the model only.

Adding the waves

Step 2

Open the mirror picture in Photoshop. Use the Pen Tool (P) to cut the crown and remove the background. Drag the jewelry into the main file on top of the model’s neck. Press Control-T, holding Shift while resizing the image.

Cutting out the mirrors crown
Isolating the outlined part from the background

Step 3

Drag the crow image into the main file. Resize the image. Press Control-T, holding the Shift key while resizing. Use the Move Tool (V) and bring the crow onto the model’s left shoulder.

Isolating the crow from the background
End result after adding the crow and jewelry

7. How to Make the Model Black and White and Add the Circle and Tribal Marks

Step 1

Now we want to turn the model black and white. Select the Model layer in the Layers panel and turn it to black and white. Click on Image > Adjustments > Black and white, and then click OK or Alt-Shift-Control-B.

Switching the model in black and white

Step 2

Now that we’ve turned the model black and white, we want to add a colorful circle behind to make her pop. Activate the Ellipse Tool (U), make the fill color of the circle sky blue (#00fcff), and place the layer right above the background layer.

Adding the circle behind the model

Step 3

Now we want to add some tribal marks. Use the Ellipse Tool (U), make sure the fill color is white, draw a circle, and use the Move Tool (V) to place it on the model’s forehead. Then press Control-J to duplicate the circle and use the Move Tool (V) to place the duplicated circle on the chin.

Adding tribal marks

Step 4

We want to add the remaining marks on the model’s chest. Use the Ellipse Tool (U), make sure the fill color is white, draw a small circle, and duplicate the layer four times by pressing Control-J. Select all four layers, Right-click, and Merge Layers. Then duplicate the merged layers three times and use the Move Tool (V) to place them as shown below.

Adding more tribal marks

8. How to Add Lines, More Flowers, and Additional Elements

Step 1

Activate the Rectangle Tool (U). Fill it in sky blue (#00fcff) and drag a thin rectangle on top of the model. Then, press Control-J to duplicate the rectangle three times. Place one rectangle under the model’s layer and use the Move Tool (V) to place it under the shoulder. Now we want to make this line thicker. Press Control-T and drag the rectangle vertically to make it thicker.

Step 2

Next, we want to add two circles at the end of the thin lines to balance it. Activate the Ellipse Tool (U), fill it in sky blue (#00fcff) and draw a small circle on the left side, on top of the rectangles. Then, press Control-J to duplicate the circle and use the Move Tool (V) to place the duplicated circle on the right side as shown below.

Step 3

Now that we’ve added the lines, we want to add more flowers. Select the flowers layer and press Control-J to duplicate it. Then activate the Move Tool (V) to slightly move it to the right side as shown below.

Adding the lines and more flowers

Step 4

Now we want to add a colorful line on the model’s hair to make it pop more. Activate the Rectangle Tool (U), fill the color in purple (#ff00d2) and draw a thin, medium rectangle. Then press Control-T to rotate the rectangle. Then, use the Move Tool (V) to place it on the right edge as shown below.

Adding a line on the right edge to make the hair stand out

9. How to Do the Final Retouching in Adobe Lightroom

Step 1

Now we want to make the entire image pop out more. Export the photo as a JPEG from Photoshop. Import the picture in Lightroom. Then click develop. Boost the Temperature to +5, Clarity to +33, Vibrance to +14, and Saturation to +7.

Adjusting the contrast exposure clarity and vibrance

Step 2

We want to play more with the hue and saturation. Go to the hue palette. Bring the Purple hue to +100 and the Magenta hue to +100. Then click on the Saturation panel. Set the Red hue to -9, the Orange hue to +24, the Aqua hue to +100, the Blue hue to +2, and the Purple and Magenta hue to +100.

Adjusting the hue and saturation

10. How to Export the Final Artwork From Adobe Lightroom

Now that we are finished, we want to export our artwork as a JPEG. Click File, and then Export. Select in which folder we want to save our image. Then click Export.

Before and After

Awesome Work, You’re Done!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and learned something new for your own projects. Feel free to share your results or leave comments in the box below. Keep creating!

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