Blood! It’s in the bodies of all living things. Red. Sticky. Also something some people would consider scary and a great addition for holidays like Halloween. We are going to look into how to create realistic blood in Photoshop using color balance and curves to give your manipulations that added touch if you are looking at getting a little gore into it.
Let’s Get Started!
What you’re going to need for this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop and some Splatter brushes installed. You can find them for free on multiple sites:
Or you can make your own! How to Create Kick Ass Brushes in Photoshop.
I have created some coffee stain splatters that can also be used for this purpose by using my brush tutorial. Coffee Stain Texture Pt 2
Optional: A piece you are already working on and need that blood effect put on.
First open up Photoshop and open up your document. For this purpose I will be starting with a white canvas.
Make sure the background layer is locked. Add a layer for your effect.
Select your Brush Tool (B). Go into your brushes and start laying out your splatter effects.
Now lets begin to add a bit of color! Go into your Color Balance and make you brush layer +100 Red with your midtones and shadows. This will be your base color.
Next go into your Curves and make your adjustments to how you see fit.
This is what my curve looks like. You don’t have to move the curves much to get the desired effect just make it slight enough to show some detail.
This image is a tad on the dark side. You can stop here if this is the effect you are going for but if you are wanting a “fresher” look, go into your Brightness/Contrast to lighten up your blood splatters.
And there you have it! A quick and easy way to add some color into your blood brushes.