How to Make an Abstract Photo Effect in Photoshop

In this “Three Minutes Max” video, Nigel French shows off a quick way to create an abstract look from a photo. As he says, he uses “no artificial intelligence at all” in this old school trick. It may be a simple operation, but it can create a visually interesting—and often quite colorful—finished image.

Three Minutes Max comes from a fun—yet very competitive—session at our annual CreativePro Week conference. Speakers have three minutes (max!) to wow the audience with the tip and win a prize for a lucky conference attendee.

Nigel French is a graphic designer, photographer, author, and teacher living in Lewes, UK. He is the author of InDesign Type, and a LinkedIn Learning Instructor with many courses on design and typography.