How to make paint splats on photoshop cs3

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How to make paint splats on photoshop cs3
Create paint splats of any colour in Photoshop CS3. (Paint brush and aqua paints image by PaulPaladin from

Adobe Photoshop CS3 has all features of previous versions of Photoshop but has new tools, such as more filters and layering options. Photoshop CS3 has a paintbrush tool you can use to create a variety of designs, such as paint splats.

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    Start a new project, or open the project you want to add paint splats to. Many designers use paint splats to create a messy effect, or to give a photo a 1980s feel, since the paint splat design was popular in that decade.

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    Start a new layer for your paint splats. Click "Layer" and "New" then "Layer." This is the layer for your paint splatter designs. The layers pane to the right shows which layer is active. To change your active layer, click a different layer.

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    Select the paintbrush tool. The paintbrush tool is represented by a small paintbrush icon on the tools menu. This menu appears on the left-hand side of the program.

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    Choose a colour for your splat. Click the colour boxes at the bottom of your tools menu. In the new window, click the colour you want your splat to be and click "OK."

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    Choose an appropriate paintbrush tip. The paintbrush tool menu appears at the top of your screen, after you select the paintbrush from the tools pane. Click the small arrow pointing downwards to choose a paintbrush tip, or to change the tip size. By default, your paintbrush tip is a round circle. This will work for making paint splats. Choose a size and click back on your project.

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    Click on your file to create a paint splat. Change colours and paint brush sizes accordingly to create your design.

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    Select "Filter" then "Brush Strokes" and "Splatter" from the menu at the top of the screen. Here you give splatter effects to the dots you put on your image. Move the "Spray Radius" up and down to create thicker or thinner paint splats. When finished, click "OK."

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    Use different brush tips until you find one you like, or include a variety in your design. There are a variety of brush tips that designers use for creating this effect. Click the arrow pointing downwards by your paintbrush tip and select the arrow pointing to the right. This brings up a variety of brush types you can choose. Browse through them to find other brush tips to create the paint splat effect. Some tips look like actual paint splats, where the splatter filter may not be needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Download paintbrush tips from various websites on the web. Adobe even has their own section of their website with paintbrush tip downloads. Click "Download" to download a paintbrush file. When the file is finished, open it and follow the instructions.

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