How to Create a Color Splash Text Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’ll use Select and Mask to make a perfect cut to get splashing milk from its photo to our text and then transform that milk splash to blend and flow around a letter and then colorize the milk splash and complete the color splash effect using a couple text and Adjustment Layers. Check out the tutorial and see exactly what I do. I hope you enjoy it! Leave a like and drop a comment on this video as well!

Adding Text with a Bevel and Emboss

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I used the typeface “Novecento Bold” which is a free font (available over at FontSquirrel) and choose a size of 300pt and typed out the word “COLORSPLASH” in all caps. I then applied a gradient overlay of a medium gray at the bottom sliding up to solid white at the top of my letters. I also applied a Bevel and Emboss with these settings: Chisel Hard, Depth: 100%, Size: 3px, 55° angle, 50°altitude, Highlight: Normal, White, 40% Opacity, and Shadow: Normal, Black, 80% Opacity.

Extracting the Milk Splashes from Stock Photo

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I grabbed a stock photo from Adobe Stock of multiple splashes of milk over a black background. I went Select>Color Range and selected the black areas and increase Fuzziness to around 145 and then hit OK. Go Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection to create a mask that makes all the black go away. You may need to select the mask and open the Properties panel and choose “Select and Mask” and add a little smoothing and contract the edge a bit to get rid of any dark gray matting that may be on the edges of the milk.

Colorizing the Milk Splash

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Colorizing something like bright white milk can be tricky because we want to maintain the pure and bright highlights that are on the milk splash. I used a Color Balance Adjustment layer and checked OFF the “Preserve Luminance” option and also added a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and ticked on Colorize and slid the Brightness slider down a bit and pumped the Saturation until we start seeing color. If you check out the video, you’ll see how I use the Blend If sliders and tweak the coloring until I get a much better result. Check out the video at the top of this post to see all the detail and methods I use to create this effect.

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