Photoshop tutorial: Stylise photos using colourful shapes

Mart Biemans’s artwork Feel It combines a neon-infused colour scheme with dynamic triangles and other shapes to achieve its eye-catching quality.

Here, Mart explains the techniques he used to create this image for the online art collective slashTHREE ( You’ll learn how to build up the image by tracing the photo and creating the shapes, then you will develop the colour schemes and apply the lighting effects.

These techniques can be adapted to a wide range of styles – so after completing this tutorial, repeat it and see how far you can push it beyond what you see here.

Step 1 The first step in creating this style of artwork is to choose a good stock photo.

My starting point was bought from, and if you’d like to use the very same image, you’ll find it at Alternatively, you can use any waist-up shot that’s largely in profile.

Place the image in a new A3 portrait Photoshop document, making sure you have some free space around the margins for the effects we will create.

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