In this tutorial I will walk you through the steps needed to create the cosmic lady opposite, complete with overlay effects, colour treatments and elements that you can easily create in Photoshop. The project is based around a photograph from ThinkStock.com, which they’ve kindly provided on the Download Zone.

We will move fast, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with colour and form. Make this image your own by trying out ideas that may occur to you along the way.

This tutorial relies heavily on using overlaid objects in order to change and bring about new colour palettes. We will be making frequent use of the Layers panel and blending modes.

Throw on some music and let’s get rockin’.

Step 1 Open the file jameswhite_canvas.psd in Photoshop. Now create seven groups in the Layers panel and name them as follows: Flares; Highlights; Lines; Model; Orbs; Colour Spheres; Background Colours.