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Tips & Tutorials, by Adam Smith

Discover how to manipulate paint stock

Paint splash effects can be used in many ways. One that’s very popular is to replace clothing by using photo stock.

This wouldn’t be possible without Photoshop, however. The Pen tool is especially useful for selecting and cutting out.

Isolating and changing the colour and appearance of your paint stock layers is easy when using colour adjustment options.

In the end, you’ll be able to integrate your paint stock seamlessly, creating believable looks using these Photoshop tools.

Build effects using stock and basic adjustments

Isolate stock images

Open a paint stock image in Photoshop and choose Select>Color Range.

Use the dropper tool to select a red colour, set Fuzziness at 200 and use the plus dropper to select a deeper red, so we get all the red tones.

Pull Fuzziness back a bit, so the background in the preview is black again rather than grey.

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Paste in paint layers

Copy and paste the paint layer into the main image. Place it in a new folder, set at the top of our layer stack.

Repeat this process with all the stock images, placing each onto the canvas.

Solid colour  backgrounds can be removed by using the Magic Wand tool to select them and then hitting X to delete.

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Change existing colour

Arrange the layers introduced over the top of the model’s dress then select one of them.

Apply Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

Make the selected paint splash match the model’s dress. This can just be a rough adjustment before merging the splash layers.

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Create depth

Once the final look of the paint layers is established, begin to edit the existing lighting.

Duplicate the splash layers, then set this copy layer’s blend mode to Overlay.

Continue by adjusting the hue of the original layer to make it a deeper matching tone.

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