Creating an Abstract Ecology Scene with 3D Render

I came across one of the most beautiful 3D renders from Futurology on DeviantArt and realized I must create something with it. This is a walk-through of how I made the New Life artwork. It is a simple and short tutorial that focus on the basic Photoshop tools.

Preview of Final Image

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Create a new document of A4 size with 300dpi resolution. Using the Gradient tool, make a vertical gradient from white to grey as shown below.

Download Rocky Mountain Trail from ShutterStock. Using the Polygonal Lasso tool, extract out several mossy rocks from the downloaded image. You may position the rocks in a similar manner like mine below.

Create a new layer below the rocks and rename it as Shadow. Using the Soft Rounded Brush tool with 20px and black color, paint in the shadow beneath the rocks.

Download Green Leaves from ShutterStock. Open up the downloaded Green Leaves image. Using Magic Wand tool, click on the white area of the Green Leaves image. Go to Select > Inverse. Using the Move tool, drag the leaves into your original document.

Download the 3D Render from Futurology. Open up RW6.png and drag it into your working document using the Move tool.

Using the Eraser tool, clean away those floating unwanted pieces. Select the 3D Render image, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Enter the settings as shown below.

Create a new layer above the 3D Render. Using the Soft Rounded Brush tool and size 40px, paint in shadow around the leaves as shown below.

Download Green Ivy from ShutterStock. Open up the downloaded Green Ivy image. Using the Magic Wand tool, click on the white area of the image to load a selection of it. Go to Select > Inverse. Using the Move tool, drag the Green Ivy into the original document. Using the Eraser tool to remove some parts to make it look as if it is crawling around the 3D Render.

Duplicate the Green Ivy layer to decorate the lower of 3D Render as well.

Create a new layer below the 3D Render and rename it as Random Lines. Using the Brush tool with 3px and grey color, draw random lines along the flow of 3D Render. It will be easier with you are using a tablet. Paint several dots of various sizes with the same color around the random lines.

Duplicate the Random Lines layer. Right-click on the duplicated layer and choose Color Overlay. Pick a light green color and hit OK. Choose Outer Glow and enter the settings shown below. Using the Soft Rounded Eraser tool with 1000px, remove the lower part so it reveal the grey lines.

You should be getting something similar to this.

Last thing to do is to add a simple bokeh effect to the background and you are done! There are plenty of tutorials on Bokeh Effect and the best I can find so far is from Abduzeedo. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have a nice day!

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23 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Wais says:

    Great job…….
    sorry i have one question whats the name of the brush you use? thanks alot
    —Create a new layer below the 3D Render and rename it as Random Lines. Using the Brush tool with 3px and grey color, draw random lines along the flow of 3D Render. It will be easier with you are using a tablet. Paint several dots of various sizes with the same color around the random lines—-
    or if some one help me and tell me the way.
    thanks again

  2. vincent says:

    Hey, Thanks for this tutorial. I search a program for make the 3D abstract art ans and find it. Could you please tell about more the different program. Nice job and thanks for your help.

  3. Lingkojoy Oinam says:

    Nice work… specialy the creativity…. Thanks you for your valueable contribution….

  4. f.m says:

    thanks alot.

  5. f.m says:

    it is fantastic, thank you very much.

  6. Habieb says:

    Great tutorial, maybe I’ll try to use 3D render next time.

  7. omvaishnav says:

    Great tutorial…thanks for sharing…!

  8. Logomondo says:

    Very nice. Keep up the good work

  9. loga says:

    thanks for sharing this really awesome great job thanks for sharing this tutorial dude

  10. Anitha says:

    Awesome post thanks for sharing it

  11. The result is awesome!

  12. Morepsd says:

    Great post Thank You For Making This Point.and I love the theme on your site

  13. awesome tutorial. I will give it a try..

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