Creating custom spatter brushes in Photoshop is fun and adds an element of unpredictability to your designs. We show you how in our Adobe Photoshop training courses.
First source an image of ink splats via an internet image search. Then select the standard Lasso tool and select around the splat you wish to use. Now go to the Image drop-down menu and choose Adjustments and Desaturate. If the image is too light, add a Levels adjustment to darken the tones. Now go the Edit drop-down menu and select Define Brush Preset. Give it a recognizable name and hit OK.
Next source an image with a clear silhouette, like the yoga pose shown here. Again add a Levels adjustment to lighten the pixels which will make it easier to select the figure. Next select the figure with either the Quick Selection tool, for example.
Then we create a new Layer with the selection area still flashing. Set the toolbox colours to default and go to the Edit menu to Fill and Use: White. Then deselect the figure -we now have a white figure. Hide the photo image layer and create another new layer with the name Colours. Fill this with a pale colour, and put it below the white figure layer.
The layer order should be as follows: white figure on top, then Colours, then the Background layer (turned off).
Now select the Brush tool and the new spatter brush from the bottom of the list. Click on the Colours layer to test it. Next open the Brush panel which contains many options for moderating the appearance of the brush. Go to Shape Dynamics and change the Size & Angle Jitter to 100. Tick Flip X & Y Jitter. Next go to the Scattering section and tick Both Axes. Change the Scatter value to 140 (top right). Then the Colour Dynamics and change Hue Jitter to 50. Go to the Transfer section (or Other Dynamics) and change the Opacity Jitter to 100.
Now choose a Foreground colour, for example red. Note that hues work with warm and cool colours. And simply paint on the Colour layer behind and around the white silhouette figure.
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