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.
Here there is no blend mode applied:
This is with a Linear Burn blend mode:
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!