realistic blood in Photoshop

How to Make Realistic Blood in Photoshop

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:

Blood Splatter Brush by Ann-Frost

Blood Splatter by KeRen-R

Shadow GFX Blood by Project GimpBC

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.


open up a new file in photoshop


First open up Photoshop and open up your document. For this purpose I will be starting with a white canvas.


add in a layer where you'll put your blood in


Make sure the background layer is locked. Add a layer for your effect.


use your brushes and apply your blood

Select your Brush Tool (B). Go into your brushes and start laying out your splatter effects.


apply a lot of red in your color balance


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.


you have your red but it's not bright enough


Next go into your Curves and make your adjustments to how you see fit.


add a curve layer to bump up the brightness if you want it to look fresh

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.


now it's realistic blood!

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.





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