A little bit of history:
I had all day to myself, so I decided I'd quit being lazy and do some work. I hadn't done any of this abstract style in a long time so I said, "Let's just get to it!" I used many different images and many different effects (no 3D involved at all), and about 8 hours. We will do it in a much shorter time span.
Well, let's begin!
Step 2: Images
This site has a plethora of free, high-resolution stock images ready for your use. I usually will skim through day to day saving images I think could be cool in a work. Note: You do need to create an account for the website in order to download the full images. It is free and really easy to do.
Here's the images I used:
Save all of these images and we can begin.
Step 3: Photoshop Document
Step 4: Feathers
This will give us the blues and reds that look so cool. Feel free to make it whatever color combination you want, I just like the blue/red contrast. It's really my favorite and you'll see it in a lot of my work.
Step 5: Splattering of the Feathers
Yes there's a ton of them but yours won't look like mine anyways. When you download them just unzip the files or open them up and you'll see an .abr file of some sort. Just double click it and it will automatically import it into your brushes panel.
Go into Photoshop, go to Window - Brushes. Choose the eraser tool and pick a good splat brush. Click near the edge of the image. Do this several times with many diferent brushes so there isn't a solid edge anymore.
Well, that's all for now, part 2 coming soon!