Making of the Imaginary Paint Dancers

I came across the amazing set of Paint Tossing freebies from Media Militia the other day and thought that I must create some artwork with them. So I visited my favorite Mjranum’s stock gallery again and done up this tutorial. Hope you will like it.
Preview of Final Image
Create a document of size 595×842 pixels with black background. Create a new layer and name it as “Grey Spot”. Using a Brush tool, Soft Rounded 600px and color #333333, paint a huge grey dot at the center of the document.
Using the same method above, paint a few more spots with your preferred colors like the example below.
Download a cool texture from KrakoGraff. Place the texture above all the color spots you done earlier. Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay.
Download Paint Bottle from Crop out the bottles and place it in the middle as shown below.
Make a new layer below the bottles and name it as “Shadows”. Paint the bottles’ shadows with the Brush tool.
Download Paint Tossing Pack from Media Militia. This is a fantasic set of stocks that you gonna love it. Choose one of the paint image like the one I got below. Select a small white area in the image. Go to Select > Similar to select all the other white areas. Press Delete to remove the white background.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Check on Colorize and change the paint splash to red color. Right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options. Select Inner Glow and input the following settings.
Make a few more paint splashes to the top of each paint bottle using the method above.
Download Zentai image from Mjranum Stock. There is a series of these images that we have to thank Marcus for sharing with us. Crop the figure out from the background.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Check on Colorize and change the figure to blue color.
Go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap. Apply the following settings to the image.
Resize the dancing figure to fit in the blue paint splash. Using the Eraser tool, fade the bottom of the figure like the example below.
Repeat the steps for a few more dancing figures that you can find from the Mjranum’s deviantART gallery.
Create a new layer and name it as “Glows”. Using the Brush tool, Soft Rounded 50px and white color, paint a small dot at the lid of one paint bottle.
Repeat the same for the lids of all paint bottles.
Download the High Res Ink Splatter Brushes from Muzika08. Paint a few small splatter at the glowing spots with white color.
Download the Smoke Pack from Media Militia. Create a new layer behind the paint bottles and name it as “Smoke”. Paint a few white smoke with the brushes you downloaded. Set the Opacity of this layer to 40%.
Create a new layer behind the “Smoke” layer and name it as “Scribbles”. Using the Brush tool, Soft Rounded 2px and white color, scribble some stuffs randomly around the document area.
Resize it smaller and place it just behind the dancing figures. Right-click on this layer and choose Blending Options. Select Outer Glow and apply the following settings.
Duplicate a few of the “Scribble” layers, make them smaller and position randomly around the dancing figures.
Create a new layer and name it as “Glowing Lines”. Using the Pen tool, draw a curve as shown below. Right-click on the path and choose Stroke Path. Check on Simulate Pressure and hit OK. Right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options. Choose Outer Glow and leave the settings as default.
Make a Photo Filter Adjustment Layer at the top of all layers. Choose Cooling Filter (82) and density to be 25%.
Make a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the settings as 0, 0.70, 255.
And there you are! The work is done! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and wish everyone have a great weekend. Cheers~

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  1. grungeflylol says:

    I had trouble separating the paint from the background.

    I had to on the white background, select similar, delete, then invert, then copy, then paste.

  2. Ivy says:

    This one is cool. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Giridhar Awar says:


  4. jeff says:

    Awesome tutorial. Easy to follow, pro results, very good links to download. Five stars is not enough for this tut.
    In a word :BRAVO!!

  5. Kevin says:

    BADASS all i can say, i loved for you actually explained everything, only that you didnt give more links for the other zentai or whatever. But it was awesome 4 hours of work lol

  6. Paul Sason says:

    is this CS5?

  7. Ela says:

    Awesome tut. Thank for sharing!

  8. Lady Razmataz says:

    Where’s the photoshop file?

  9. Laura says:

    Fantastic! Cool!

  10. Justin says:

    please Sir make a vid of that tuts please?

  11. Imran says:

    It is so beautiful .. thanks for sharing. But, Can you please guide me how to bring same Color tones on the human figures?

    I will really appreciate if you give positive response in a day or two.

  12. Angel Alavar says:


  13. bhoby miro says:

    Very2x nice…

  14. Kallisto says:

    Hello Johnson,

    the company I work for wants to make an advertisement on cellular phone bags using the Imaginary Paint Dancers.

    As it is an advertisement for our own company we can’t put any credits. The company would be however willing to pay a certain amount for a license free model.

    Is that possible?

    I already asked the author of the photos the same thing, at the moment I’m still waiting for a response.



  15. Kenichi says:

    Really cool tutorial, thanks!


  16. wien says:

    very nice tutorial

  17. Jae Xavier says:

    If you don’t have models to use, you can use 3D graphics programs like Maya.

    Excellent tutorial btw.

  18. sadhu says:

    this is awesome!

  19. phamtuan says:


  20. JP says:

    I finished this awesome tutorial, however I was unable to get the “green” and “cyan” dancers colors… could somebody please provide me the color values ?

    I will appreciate so much

  21. pham says:

    Hi My friend
    verry – verry cool
    and beautiful

  22. william says:

    wow this is too much, i love it

  23. 3d models says:

    Really great tutorials Thanks for Sharing Ideas.

  24. bla says:

    couldnt get pass the color bottles. because of the extracting was annoying. so i quit. thanks anyway

  25. jojojjoj says:

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  26. whonas says:

    awsome work 5/5

  27. This is absolutly amazing, dude! Love that one – fantastic.
    I hope you don’t mind it, if I try to copy it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    cheers, Sรƒยถren

  28. geet says:

    truly “the colors of life”

  29. Mark says:

    right i have gone through hundreds of images, even signed up! where the hell are some of the other dancers, can someone show me the direct link?

    p.s awesome tutorial

  30. Haryad-kurd says:

    wooow! nice

  31. designikx says:

    hey thnx for sharing it.
    really a nice tutorial.

  32. Folla says:

    wow wow amazing tut

  33. joe says:

    The tutorial was amazing, i practiced it step by step and the result was outstanding, see it in link bellow:

  34. saurabh shah says:

    That’s the awesome one …

  35. Anne says:

    I found this great tutorial today … thank you for sharing.
    Really great to learn new techniques.
    I don’t know which version of Photoshop you use, I used Photoshop 7.0
    Here my result >>>

  36. radha krishna says:

    I like this is having great tutorials..superb hatsoff and thanks alot

  37. Sanjayorange says:

    Superb !

  38. Nobody says:

    That’s a great tutorial! Thanks!

  39. rEye says:

    Awesome tut,keep up the good work
    Check out my version (it’s a little different)

  40. van basten says:

    wooow it’s just awesome realy like it รขโ„ขยฅรขโ„ขยฅรขโ„ขยฅ

  41. Petixdesigns says:

    i got a serious question? where did the color comes out? i see the bottles are tightly sealed. hmm weird right

  42. Brian Jones says:

    What a great tutorial – thank you! This is saved and will be my tutorial to complete for tomorrow.

  43. locot says:

    you are the best

  44. Butterfly says:

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. ALAOUI-O says:

    thank u so muth

  46. jj says:

    heyy guys the link for the model i got her but where do u find the other models on that site

  47. Akun says:

    pls give more details how u use pencil tool since to me it’s showing different! dunno why but it’s draw a big big white line! tkx

  48. Panchodh says:

    damn it, i cannot use the images of the women cause i am 16 year old (it is restricted to adults thought i cannot see anything provocative in them)
    Is there any other place where i can find them?

  49. ML says:

    thank you! I spent 3 hrs and got it done! รขโ„ขยฅ

  50. devraj says:

    perfect sir. wowwwww

  51. Richie says:

    Super Awesome….

  52. wonderful tutorial i like, thanks..

  53. lisa says:

    that little select a small corner adn then choose select>similar awesome tip so helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Great tutorial.Well explained. thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  55. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely amazing, it was a lot of fun following it. Mine isnt as clean yet as yours but very well done

  56. g3niuz says:

    this looks fresh bro

  57. Rk says:

    awsome work…!

  58. Arya says:

    I started making an image using this tutorial, but I ran into some problems. I don’t know how to use the Plastic Wrap filter since Photoshop is not letting me. Where did I go wrong?

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Are you selecting the correct non-hidden layer? Or is there a lock on the layer?

    • Arya says:

      The layer is neither hidden nor locked. But still some of the filters are not available. I’m using Photoshop CS3 Extended and have followed all the steps as its said in the tutorial, but I got stuck at the Plastic wrap filter since I can’t use it… I really can’t figure out what the problem is, since I barely have any experience in working in PS.

    • Megha says:

      Check your document mode that must be
      image > mode > RGB
      then u will get the option visible Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap

    • Arya says:

      Thanks! It already was in RGB mode, but I had to change it to the 8bits channel which was among those options… now it’s all working fine.

  59. sultana says:

    Hey, I followed your tutorial tonight and I found it worked amazing! My image turned out cool with just a few tweaks to make it my own, thanks for showing me these easy techniques!

  60. Roy Hale says:

    I found the figures in the adult section. Didn’t see much that offended my sensibilities…..:) Thanks again. Do More!!

  61. Mars says:

    wow i loved the new theme, how you do that featured post? i am using infinity theme and i want to have that featured post

  62. Roy Hale says:

    I LOVE THIS ONE!! I have searched everywhere and can’t find the images you used. Can you direct me?
    Stunning creation…….I want to try to learn how to do this………


  63. Graham says:

    As usual, the webmaster correctly published!.

  64. Shonde says:

    Hi, interesting article and I also quote in your blog.

  65. JoyceB says:

    I really love this effect…..hoping to make it work….! Thanks, Johnson….

  66. Douglas says:

    likes the marriage of colours and shapes

  67. DanOhh says:

    Powerful stuff, Johnson, and thanks for sharing the process.

  68. jeyaONE! says:

    Wow Johnson, you really did an amazing job. This is absolutely stunning! Thanks for making great use of our paint tossing pack! We really appreciate you using our freebies in your tutorials. Keep up the great work.

  69. edoluz says:

    you rule!

  70. ecks says:

    great tutorial! I can use this steps for my artworks in our office.

  71. bellering says:

    OMG. this tutorial is simple AWWWWESOME

  72. such amazing effects you making there and giving tips and techniques. thanks

  73. Mars says:

    oh jeez!

    i love this tutorial, beautiful

  74. Chey says:

    Hell! Cool yourself otvetili.Beru in tsitnik! The meaning of life and everything else. Resheno.Bez jokes..

  75. citylove says:

    WOOOOOWWWW !!! Awesome. I like the final image !

  76. Wilson says:

    1 word, awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ *

  77. ricardofx says:

    awesome @johnson; stunning…
    thx for the paint splaters link ๐Ÿ˜€


  78. Bariski says:

    Splendid job done bro. Cool work. P.S. Just a typo there for Imaginary. Hope you fix it ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Bariski says:

    Looks so awesome man. Splendid job bro.

  80. bender says:

    nice :)))

  81. georgiana says:

    looking so great…very good use of the splatters.

  82. Ben Rama says:

    nicle done Johnson cool effects : )

  83. sriramkumarwild says:


  84. nesmeyanova says:

    it”s soo beautiful and cool!

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