Soft Abstract Roses – Featured Art Prints

I love taking macro photographic shots of rose buds and blooms. The colors, texture, etc. create such beautiful visual imagery. Today, I wanted to feature a softer take on rose blooms and then explain how I created them by taking a step back through the process I use to create this type of digital art. I have used Adobe Photoshop for years….probably since it first came out. I remember taking classes from the University of San Diego on how to get the most out of it from an artist perspective. Trust me, it was many years and many versions ago. What I love about the program is the ability to do layers for each of the steps I go through. These roses are a great example of the process, so I will walk you through a simplified version of it.

I start with my macro photography of the rose bloom as the background layer. I then open an empty layer on top of it and using an ink stroke tool (Photoshop), draw the edges and shapes I want to highlight in black. Then I create another layer and pick a digital brush style I like (the brush style I picked here creates an almost air brush look..soft edges). On the blank layer I paint larger areas of colors by painting over the photograph if you will. The large areas of similar colors create the abstract look. I then move the “ink stroke layer” to the top of the layers, eliminate the bottom photograph, merge the layers and the end result is what you are looking at (simplified version as I actually open many laters typically for each color tone).

I also would like to mention that for the painting layer, there are numerous programs out there that can take your photograph and turn it into just about any style of painting. I use these programs in cases where I want to keep the detail of the photograph and am looking for more 3-D brush strokes as you would see in oil paintings. Even in that scenario, I come back in and work the resulting art print with some of the detail I described here.

This is a quick and simple walk through of my process that in actuality is very tedious and for every print I publish, five to seven are trashed by me for not liking the end result.


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28 thoughts on “Soft Abstract Roses – Featured Art Prints

  1. saymber

    I love roses however they exist. The style and vibrant colors of what you did here made me instantly smile. Very cheerful. I know what you mean about tedious as I’ve tried to do photo alterations using Adobe and of course we’ve all used paint lol. Well done!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It truly is tedious and I have to laugh…my fingers cramp up after awhile as I really get into it and draw digitally with a strong focus….not sure why as it’s easy enough to erase and start again…but it is a passion of mine and I am glad it has brought a smile to you!! Mission accomplished!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sue Slaght

    Fascinating to read about the steps and process you use Kirt. I have a feeling you are a perfectionist but I can understand there is a goal you are working toward. The images you have shared bring an instant smile. So radiant and bright in their summer glory. Beautiful!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The end result is to evoke an emotional response and I am driven with a passion. I come from an artistic family (moms side)…..I am very visual but not good at free hand drawing and painting…I’m also very computer and programming savvy…so was able to marry the two aspects via digital art. I was fortunate to have a family friend who had graduated with a degree in art from UCLA introduce me to the abilities of Photoshop many many years ago. Thanks for your support Sue and for stopping by!! I also much appreciate the feedback!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I come from an artistic family and found my visual expression in digital art…I do have a passion and am driven to express it in visual presentation. Thanks for the feedback…have a great weekend!

  3. Diane Henders

    They’re all beautiful, and I particularly like your pink and orange rose with the blue in the background. Thank you for sharing your process! I use Photoshop for all my cover art and also to tune up some of my photos just for fun, but it never occurred to me to use it as creatively as you do. Now I want to go and play with Photoshop! 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I wasn’t kidding when I said I took classes at the University of San Diego….and that only touched on some of the more basic things. Do you remember The Lord of The Rings movies? The son of a good friend of ours graduated from The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in art. Fast forward just a couple of years after his graduation and he was tapped to do a lot of the background artwork for those movies…believe it or not Photoshop….talk about using layers and layers…incredible. Very talented individual. Anyway, my use pales by comparison, but that’s how robust the professional versions of Photoshop are. Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by…have a great weekend!

      1. Diane Henders

        Thanks, Kirt! Wow, that’s amazing about LOTR – I didn’t know they’d used Photoshop. As you say, that’s an order of magnitude more complex than the way I use it!

  4. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Kirt, these are lovely. The close up really works for the effect.
    If only I had time… I’ve wanted to do a coloring book with simple, un-shaded line drawings of images related to my Atonement, Tennessee stories. I found 2 tutorials online. Each used a different method from the other, and both were extremely complicated. So I’ve never dug-in and given it a try. Too many other things that demand time first. Anyhow, you’ve reminded me and given me a thought about the process. So thank you from an entirely different perspective.
    Happy weekend hugs.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      There is so much available on Photoshop…I’m still learning new things it can do, even after all these years!! Thanks for stopping by Gill! Appreciate the feedback!


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