Create an Ink Splattering Knight Composition

In this tutorial, we will see how to use Photoshop filters and brushes to create an ink splattering knight composition. This is a relatively simple technique, which yields excellent artistic results.

Preview of Final Image

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Download Knight Slashing with his Sword from ShutterStock. Create a new document of size 600×800. Resize and place your downloaded Knight into the document as shown below.

Select the Knight layer and create a Layer Mask. Using the Brush tool with black color, paint on the unwanted areas in the mask to crop the Knight out of his background. After you are done, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

Download texture background from Krakograff. Place the downloaded texture behind the Knight. Select the texture layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Destaurate. Reduce the Opacity of this layer to 20%.

Hide the Knight layer temporary. Download Watercolor Splatter Brushes from QBrushes. Load the downloaded brushes into Photoshop and paint a few splatters with black color as shown below. Hide the Splatters layer once you are done.

Unhide the Knight layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and key in the settings as shown.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Posterize. Key in 2 for the Levels.

Go to Select > Color Range. With the color picker, click on white color in the document to select all the white areas.

Unhide the Splatters layer and create a Layer Mask with the selection loaded in the earlier step. Hide the Knight layer.

Add some smaller splatters around border of the ink knight to break from the original shape.

Unhide the Knight layer. Reorder layers so that the Knight layer is at the top-most. Select the Knight layer and go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges. Key in the settings as shown below.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Invert. Set the Blend Mode of Knight layer to Multiply. You will get a nice outline of the originial knight image.

Create a new layer and add a large red splatter as shown below.

Create a new Levels Adjustments Layer. Set the values as 49, 1, 255.

Add in your texts with a font that matches the overall theme.

Finally, flatten all the layers and go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen to bring out more details. That is all, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks!

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31 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Desiree says:

    Here is my finished product I love this! Did an amazing job :D !

  2. Alexander says:

    Thanx a lot ur work is very nice

  3. ati says:

    veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery good
    like it

  4. rachmat says:

    thanks alot mr.Johnson..

  5. Tutsnow says:

    Awesome Thought… great execution!

  6. Saintlammy says:

    Great stuff! am an upcoming graphic designer and i wanna be everything…u ar helping. thanks!

  7. shawn says:

    this is great and very helpful

  8. klima says:

    great tutorial, thanks for sharing..

  9. Alex D says:

    very nice effect.
    Added this Tutorial to Tutorialfox.com

  10. Frenchy says:

    Thanks awesome tut !

  11. Venets says:

    it didn’t work for me, why you always skip steps people?

  12. Weirdone says:

    Great work I love your tuts. I am new to this techie/designer blog experience. I like Noupe a lot too. I have stumbled across a few other blogs like

    http://noupe.com/
    http://bog.mozzaey.com/
    http://www.problogdesign.com/

    I wonder if some on can put up a list of these it would be useful.

  13. Sam says:

    I tried it with a different photo. HOw come it doesn’t work?

  14. Nick says:

    Its good and all but your skipping steps. i can see you duplicated the knight image to get that detail of the sword and helmet.

  15. pete says:

    Very cool idea! We posted a link to your tutorial at bestphotoshoptutorials.net.

  16. Reece says:

    Nice tutorial, love the way you incorporated the blood into the psd

  17. Jack says:

    i cant quite figure out what you are doing at the 8th picture can shomeone help me? (after the colerrange pick with creating mask)

  18. Childmonster says:

    Very crazy :D . i like this effect. Thanks so much

  19. Mexicali says:

    Nice tutorial, gr8 job.
    Thank you.

  20. sadhu says:

    so artistic

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