Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Unique, Paint Splatter Portrait

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Unique, Paint Splatter Portrait

August 18, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful,
paint splatter, pop art, silkscreen portrait and how to easily change its colors and spatters from a photo. The technique can be applied to any photo
to create stunning, fun portraits. Before we begin, I provided a link to a brush
preset that we’ll be using in this project. The link is located in my video’s description below. If you’re not sure how to install brushes,
I included a link to my tutorial showing how to do it. Open a photo of someone that you’d like to
use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to separate your subject
from its background. There are many ways to do this, but for this
example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool. If you’re using this tool, as well, I find
that a radius of 10 to 15 pixels generally works well for most images. Drag your tool over your subject to select it. To remove areas of the selection, press and
hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. To check your selection, press “Q” to make
it into Quick Mask. To revert it back into a selection, press “Q” again. If you’re using version CC 2015.5 or later,
click the “Select and Mask” button or go to Select and Select and Mask. If you’re using an earlier version, click
the “Refine Edge” button or go to Select and Refine Edge. I did in-depth tutorials on Refine Edge and
Select and Mask, so if you’d like to watch them, I provided their links, as well. After you refine the edges of your subject,
output it to a”New Layer with Layer Mask”. Then, click OK. We want to create a new layer below the active layer. To do this, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer with white. But, first, if your foreground and background
colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is your background color, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to fill the layer with white. We’ll convert your visible image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it with filters nondestructively. To do this, Shift-click the thumbnail of the
top layer to make it active as well, and click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel. Click “Convert to Smart Object”. We’ll make two new layers below it by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon twice. Fill the bottom empty layer with white. Make the empty layer above it active and hide
the top layer. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Click the gear icon and click, “HMS_Splatter1”,
which is the brush preset that I provided. When you see this message, click OK to replace
your current brushes with the new set. To make the thumbnails larger, click the gear
icon again and click “Large Thumbnail”. To see the entire set of brushes, go to the
bottom, right corner of the panel and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, drag the corner down. Click one of the brushes to make it active
and make sure the opacity and flow are both 100%. Click the foreground color and pick a bright color. Then, click OK. Left-click once. Click Click the New Layer icon hree or four
times to make a few more layers. In each of these empty layers, we’ll add a
different paint splatter. Scroll to the bottom and make the first empty layer active. Click the foreground color and pick another
bright color. Pick another brush. If you want to adjust its angle, go to this
wheel and rotate the arrowhead. This rotates the angle of the brush. I’ll press Ctrl or Cmd + Z to undo the last step. If you want, you can also squeeze in its shape. First, I’ll rotate it back to its original angle. Drag one of the dots in. I’ll undo it. In addition, you can also make the brush bigger
or smaller by either dragging the size slider to the left or right or using your bracket
keys on your keyboard. Continue the same steps to build up a few more separate paint splatter layers. Because you have separate layers of colorful
paint splatters, you can reposition, angle or resize them independantly of the others. To make it easier for us to move our cursor
around our document, open your Move Tool. We’ll place all of our splatter layers into
a folder by scrolling to the bottom splatter layer and Shift-clicking it to make all of them active. Press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Make 2 copies of the
folder by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J twice. Make your subject visible and active. Go to Image, Adjustments and Threshold. I’ll keep its default level at 128. Select it all by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + A
and then copy it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + C. Click the Folder icon to place our subject into a folder. Click the Layer Mask icon to make layer mask
next to the folder. Go to the Layer Mask and Alt-click or Option-click it. Press Ctrl or Cmd + v on your keyboard to
paste your subject into the Layer Mask. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Invert
the Layer Mask by pressing Ctlr or Cmd + I. Make the top paint splatter folder active
and Shift-click the bottom folder to make all the splatter folders active. Drag them together onto the top folder to
place them into it. Hide the bottom subject. Make the middle folder active. We’ll adjust the size and angle of it the
paint splatters within this folder. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonl, double-arrow, press and hold Alt
or Option + Shift as you drag it out or in. To angle it, when you see a curved, double-arrow,
rotate the bounding box. Then, click the check-mark at the top or press
Enter or Return twice. Change its Blend Mode to any of them that
results in the colors you like best. You can cycle through them by clicking the
top Blend Mode and pressing the Down arrow on your keyboard to see each blend mode applied
to the splatters in the active folder. Once you pick the Blend Mode you like, make
the top splatter folder active and open your Transform Tool again to resize or angle these splatters. Using the same steps as you did earlier, cycle
through the Blend Modes for these splatters until you get the color combination you like. Lastly, we’ll add splatters outside the confines
of your subject and remove areas of the splatters within and without. Make your Layer Mask active. As soon as you do this, your foreground and
background colors should default to white and black, respectively. Press “B” to open your Brush Tool and left-click
on an area outside your subject to to reveal the paint splatters through the layer mask. If you don’t like it, press Ctrl or Cmd + z to undo it. Click on another area to see if you like it. If you do, open your Brush Picker and pick
another splatter brush. If you want to make your brush bigger or smaller,
press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Go to area outside your subject and left-click. Continue to click on other areas to reveal paint splatters. To hide splatters, press “x” on your keyboard
to invert the foreground and background colors. Black is now your foreground color. Click over areas to hide splatters. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!