How to create a color spray in Photoshop tutorial

How to create a color spray / blurry color spray and splatter effect using brush tools in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc tutorial

Create color spray / splatter

how to create color spray in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select the brush tool

  2. Use one of the default brushes and set size 400 px + Hardness 0% (though depends on the size of the document for the color spray)

  3. Set blending mode to normal

  4. Set color to pink and background color to orange

  5. Go to the brushes / brush panel - spacing 100% and shape dynamics with size jitter 62% and minimum diameter 5% and scattering 430% and color dynamics set to apply per tip and foreground / background 35% and hue jitter 50% and purity 0% and transfer opacity jitter 80% and build up and smoothing ON.

  6. Go to the presets for the tool presets in the corner

  7. Set current tool only ON

  8. Click New tool preset

  9. Set include color ON

  10. Give the color spray Photoshop tool a name

And the preset is then stored for use in Photoshop. To reselect it, select the tool preset via the tool preset dropdown


All the presets are quickly available and can be selected and applied. The brush strokes can then be further manipulated using other effects such as oil paint. Or create a preset using the blending mode of 'difference' and then combined with oil paint filter effect. Great for creating weird and wonderful abstract backgrounds. The spray can be modified by changing the size and scattering etc and they all depend on the size of the document (size 100px for the brush is the document is only 500px say)

Create a 'hard' color spray in Photoshop

color spray hard in photoshop

Much as above but instead of using the hardness of the brush at 0%, set the hardness of the brush to 100% etc. The example on the right, uses a black background color.

  1. Hardness 100%

  2. Size jitter 100%

  3. Transfer OFF

  4. Go to the tool presets panel and click new tool preset to save that

  5. Apply brush stroke

Dot brushes

1. dot brushes for Photoshop, psp etc


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