I want to talk to you about paint smears and spatters. Here’s a layout I made that I’ve added some paint spatters to:
and a closer look at the paint:
In the galleries I’ve seen people shadowing paint. Just…. why? Don’t do that. For starters, it doesn’t look right. Here’s the bottom paint spatter with a shadow:
Even with a smaller shadow it doesn’t look right:
If you were to spatter paint onto a paper layout, guess what happens? The paint gets sucked into the paper. There is no room for a shadow at all and the paint takes on the texture of the paper it is sitting on. So instead of adding a shadow, change the blend mode of the paint to Multiply or Linear Burn. The paint will pick up the texture of the paper when you do.
Multiply blend mode:
See how it picked up bits of the paper underneath? It’s a much more natural look. So stop shadowing that paint folks! It makes no sense! lol!