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How to make Fake Blood In Photoshop

Category: Photoshop, Styling, Video
Oct 24

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In this tutorial, Aaron Nace covers how to create blood from scratch using Photoshop.

This is a special episode for Halloween week.

We decided to make a place for the blood to come out of the model, so some bite holes seemed appropriate. To make the holes in her neck we need to use some custom brush settings and layer FX. This helps give the holes a bit of depth and texture.

When it comes to the blood, using a reference image, we make a shape using the lasso tool, and then refine the edge to make it a bit more smooth. Then we paint in the selection to make the blood look layered.

To make the effects match the resolution and focus of the final image, we need to give it a bit of blur. From here you are free to move your effect around the image, and choose a place that will best suit the effect. To make the blood look as though it is flowing on the neck of the subject, we use the smudge tool.

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  • Eric Burgers

    Whoah! Cool. Just what I needed! Thanks Aaron!

  • Robert Kronqvist

    Awsome! I followed a tutorial 2 years ago, how to make a severed arm and this was the end result:
    all the credits to the tutorial, but it was really fun to do. Maybe do something similar, but more gross :)  

  • Petter Haugen

    Great one. Dig it when you bring up the fx!! Add a recipe for making your own blood and a pircture with it in it. Thought I found a pretty decent mixture conserning flowability and colour.

    Would also like to see a nasty scar or scartissue or fleshwound?!!?

  • Chad North

    Awesome! Yeah I would like to see a scar, flesh wound, stitches. Another thing I would like to see is solid black eyes with highlights. Keep up the great work!

  • Dale Antony Richards

    “this is my favourite holiday besides Christmas!” Wait I thought you were Jewish? =P

  • Dale Antony Richards

    Also what I find the best way to network and meet new models and make up artists is to use sites like Model Mayhem or StarNow =]

  • Mark

    Hey Aaron.  I would like to know if you would share some of your secrets for using anatomy in your images.  I want to do a Werewolf transformation series and I think this would be very handy.

  • Jael

    Ahahahaha 15:57! “Had a little burp goin’ on there.’

  • Logan Westom

    turn someones head into a pumpkin!

  • Andrea Peipe

    Awesome!! Cannot wait to watch this later and do something with blood :D

  • Andrea Peipe

    oh this is so disgusting… in a good way! ;)  

  • Robert Kronqvist

    added the picture

  • yamaha83

    can we do some like torn flesh or decaying flesh for like a zombie theme?? pleeeease!! :)

  • janiecakes

    I’m also struggling with finding models and make up artists. I have never used them before, so don’t really know what to ask someone in terms of experience.  Any suggestions?

  • Jane (a.k.a. janiecakes)


  • Daniel James T Cook

    That was phun. How about blood puddled on a surface – like a body on a sidewalk. 

  • Creepinowl

    Hey Creepinowl here…..nice tutorial….as usual you are the master!!!….hey how about making a person have pumpkin-skin….that would be cool :) …..P.S. I got the bracelet but its to small….Im 6’4 220 of muscle and the bracelets tighter than my girls jeans LOL…thanks though it totally cool

  • Eiríkur Brynjólfsson

    Love your works. lots of help in Phlern. 
    keep up this awsome work

  • Angela Butler

    Hey Aaron, great video I loved it! What I’m struggling with in photography is studio lighting. The only thing I’ve worked with is my one strobe, and natural lighting, and I find hot lights, soft boxes, and strobe kits very hard. I’m just not used to it yet I guess.

    And a suggestion for a Halloween PHLEARN, maybe solid white eyes, or solid black eyes, and how to make them look believable and real. :)

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  • Priscilla Lumbreras Fernández

    I just want to try (The picture is a piece of shit, but it doesn’t really matters for a quick test).
    Thanks for your tutorials, I’m learning a lot.
    What about eyetooths?

  • Andrea Peipe

    Ok, so now I am back :D I just heard you say my name! *yay* 
    What a GREAT tutorial!!! I just did a fast one, not 100% happy with it but I understand the basic parts now so major thank you for that! Cannot wait what you will come up next this week :D

  • Steve

    Man, thanks for the ILM link. Fab!

  • GregGardner

    I was really hoping to see how you did the blood from the eyes, can you make that an episode?

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