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

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

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 splatters 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 is selected 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 a quickmask to revert it back into a selection press Q again if you using versions CC 2015 point 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 selected 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 control click or command 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 command + delete to fill the layer with white we'll convert your visible image into a smart object so we can modify it with filters non-destructively 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 layers below it by ctrl-clicking or command clicking the new layer icon twice fill the bottom empty layer with white the empty layer above it active and hide the top layer open your brush tool I shall picker your icon and click HMS splatter 1 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 a hundred percent click the foreground color and pick a bright color then click OK left click once click the new layer icon three 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 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 command 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 much bigger or smaller by either dragging the size slider to the left or right or by 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 independently of the others to make it easier for us to move our cursor around their document open your move tool will place all of our spatter layers into a folder by scrolling to the bottom splatter layer and shift clicking it to make all of them active press ctrl a command G make two copies of the folder by pressing ctrl or command J twice make your subject visible active go to image adjustments and threshold I'll keep its default 1:28 select it all by pressing ctrl or command a and copy it by pressing ctrl or command C click the folder icon to place our subject into a folder click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the folder go to the layer mask and alt-click or option-click it press ctrl or command V to paste your subject into the layer mask deselected by pressing ctrl or command D invert the layer mask by pressing ctrl or command I the top paint splatter folder active and shift-click the bottom folder to make all the splatter folders active drag them 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 the paint splatters within this folder open your transform tool by pressing ctrl or command T go to a corner and when you see a diagonal 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 checkmark at the top or press Enter or return twice change its blend mode to one 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 key on your keyboard to see each blend apply to the splatters in the active folder once you pick the blend mode you like make the top splatter folder active open your transform tool again to resize or angle these splatters using the same steps as you used earlier cycle through the blend modes for these splatters until you get the color combination you like lastly we'll add splatter 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 let's click on an area outside your subject to reveal the paint splatters through the layer mask if you don't like it press ctrl or command 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 an 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

22 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Unique, Paint Splatter Portrait”

  1. IMPORTANT: If you're having trouble with the "Threshold" filter, at 2:40 in the video, don't convert your image into a Smart Object. Instead, merge the 2 layers by pressing Ctrl (Cmd) + E.

  2. Oh my. I’ve been immersed in this all day…..but the hard way 🙁
    I’m making an autograph book using Disney characters for my daughters make a wish trip in 3 weeks. I found a lot of images I could use as is….but some less popular characters (like Bert from MARY poppies or the cast from Pinocchio) aren’t done and I’ve looked….and looked. And looked. The closet I’ve found is a little app that’s doing a pop artsy edit….I wish I could do this. Hell I don’t even own editing software. I am using picmonkey. 🙁

  3. why i can't paste in grup 2? solution please … im already copy and can't paste in the layer mask…. is not wrking to me..

  4. Great tutorial, but I do have a problem in here..

    Everything goes fine at the beginning, but every time I reach the steps at 7:17, I don't get the same results like in the tutorial. The splatter brushes are all over the threshold photo, and when I hid the bottom subject I get nothing but splatters of paint. Is there a way I can overcome this?

    I have tried both, converted to Smart Object and merged them into two layers. But kept getting the same result. I also higher the threshold effect to 171, instead of 128.

    I have Photoshop CC 2018.

  5. Eres el mejor aunque me cuesta porque leo subtítulos y al mismo tiempo veo el vídeo así que pongo pausa tantas veces en vídeo porque soy persona sorda.

  6. hey!
    getting an issue with the selection of my colour for the splash when I am trying to select any of the colour for the brushes the color again automatically changes to violet..and not getting any other colour..can you help me out with it ?

  7. Hi Marty

    following along with your video
    up to where you placed the splatter into groups
    group 1 copy and group 2 copy
    the next stage is, go to image adjustments Threshold
    but my threshold is not lighting up for me to click on to.
    tried starting from scratch a couple of times with the same result.

    can you help, please.

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