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Ink Smudge Effect – Photoshop Tutorial

August 29, 2019

Hello, everyone in this tutorial we gonna see how to turn a picture into this “Ink Smudge Portrait Effect” that you can see in here and we’ll be using three elements this two ink textures and this brush in here and you will find down in the description bellow a link to each one of those that we will be using for this tutorial Alright fantastic, so LETSGETTOIT!! Alright So, open your Adobe Photoshop And go to: File, new And we gonna create a new document So, go to preset, and choose International paper And, in the size choose A4 and press OK Alright, now just drag the image that you want to use I’ll use the same image in here Open it like that Now, I’m gonna make it a little bit bigger So I can focus on the face And Press ENTER Alright, now I will go to: Filter Filter Gallery And, in the artistic folder, open it and choose, Dry Brush Alright For this filter actually, its depend on how big or small your picture is You might need to play with the values, for this But, I’m using 10 for the brush size And, 8 for the brush details And, 1 for the texture Alright, press OK Now, I’m gonna press Ctrl+A So I can select the whole canvas Or, go to select and, choose All And, it will select the whole canvas for you OK Now, I’m gonna press Ctrl+C to copy And then, I will create a new folder And then, I will apply a new Layer Mask to it And, by pressing Alt And one click to the Layer Mask I can enter the Layer Mask in here And, I will press Ctrl+v to past my selection And, as you can see this will turn into a black&white color Now, we need to darken the picture a bit So, I will go to: Image Adjustments, and choose: Curves Or, press Ctrl+M on your Keyboard Alright, now I’ll go to the input in here and move into the right a little bit Somewhere like so Want it to be darken a little bit And, take this handle and put it into the left A little bit like so Somewhere like that Alright OK, something like this, and press OK Now, I’ll press Ctrl+i so I can invert my Layer Mask in here Alright Now, I’m gonna uncheck this so we wont see it anymore Now, I will go back to my folder in here, and I will bring this ink texture in here Alright Press ENTER Now, I’ll put it in the folder in here And, I’m gonna change the blending mode to Multiply As you can see I can replace it wherever I want Now, I’ll press Ctrl+T And, I will make a little bit smaller And, I’m gonna replace this one in here Like so Alright Now, I will go back to my folder in here And, I will bring this 2nd ink texture in here Alright And, I’m gonna make it smaller again And, I can rotate it if I want Like so Alright, I like that Alright, press ENTER Now, I’m gonna change the blending mode to Multiply again And as you can see It start to create this great effect in here Alright, now I can also duplicate My texture in here, by pressing Alt I can make a copy of it, and rotate it again Alright And, as you can see, you can create A really great portrait Ok Alright, looking good, I like that Alright, now I will go To this folder in here And I’m just gonna copy This image Like so, by pressing Alt I’m gonna make it On the top of the folder like that And, I’ll change the blending mode to Multiply So, I can bring back a little bit of the color of the face to my image And, I’m just gonna make A layer mask to it A black layer mask actually Alright Now, I’ll go to my brushes in here And I’ll go to this gear icon in here And, choose replace brushes And then load the brush that you just download Ok I’ll choose this brush in here And, I’m gonna Start brushing with a 45% opacity in here With a white color Maybe this one Like that, you know to bring a little bit of Color of the face In the eyes and the hair Something like that Alright I like that Now, I will Make a level adjustments to it, so I’ll go and choose levels And, I’m gonna Drag the black a little bit Into the white And then the white a little bit And, I’ll put this middle handle Into the right a little bit like that Around 0.70 Alright, something like so Alright And there you go So, I hope that you liked and you enjoyed this tutorial and it was a little bit helpful for you Don’t forget to subscribe and comment and you know wait for more tutorial to come and have a nice day, thank you for watching.


  • Reply Veeraphat Innaung January 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

    thank you.

  • Reply CallMe Moo January 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    how to find the gear Icon ? Sorry Nobbie here.. comment below is appreciated

  • Reply Muhammad Rizki Rahmanda January 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Thanks a lot for tutorial man….

  • Reply Jieieiei January 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for this amazing tutorial <3

  • Reply Michael Cox January 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Great video thanks for making this!

  • Reply Umer Saghir Ahmed February 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Sir its a great tutorial, i want to try it but cant download brushes. will you please give me a link to download these brushes. i shall be very thankful to you.

  • Reply Aryan February 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • Reply 01 10 February 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks man!

  • Reply Wyrmkin February 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm


  • Reply LadyKaladon February 16, 2017 at 12:47 am

    You are my God…. thanks so much @>>-

  • Reply Sreejith Vijayakumar February 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

    awesome tutorial..👌👌👌

  • Reply Anu c sunny February 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    everything is perfect till black layer mask, but after that when i am trying to use the brush it's still black and white. nothing happening to the image when using brush.. plz help

  • Reply Asad Saleem February 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Bro how to change color of Mask layer it's showing white layer mask how i can change into black need help..?

  • Reply Melvin Sinatra February 26, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Really nice, thanks a lot!

  • Reply Ulrike Lambert February 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for this excellent video. Also as a PS beginner I could very good follow your instructions. The only thing I didn`t find was the brushes and I had to surch how to get the layer mask black. But all other things went well.

  • Reply Melvin Dan March 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I am not able to 'replace brushes'. Help.

  • Reply Rabindra Dev Bhatta March 3, 2017 at 3:38 am

    The video was great & quite alot helpful.
    But I could not find the download link in the mentioned link of this video. Is there anywhere else I could possible find the exact brushes to download ?
    Could anyone help me out with this ?
    Thank U !

  • Reply The Original PG March 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    You sir, are awesome! Please continue to make such amazing tutorials! 😀

  • Reply allsop91 March 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    This is awesome, I'm currently in the middle of doing it, but I have an issue when it comes to using the brushes. They won't load as an option, why?

  • Reply Sridhar krishnappa navanertham March 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    didn't understand how you get black and white od the model between 2.00 to 2.25. could you explain in detail.( you didn't apply black and white adjustment layer, but still you get b&w effect.)

  • Reply Tammy Franck March 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    How do you drag the image from folder to photoshop? I get a circle with a line through it. Won't let me

  • Reply Awnder March 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    the layer masking isnt working

  • Reply Aseem Gupta March 14, 2017 at 9:16 am

    please add more details to your tutorials like how did u open the table after selecting brush tool and other minor details it would be really helpful ty ! now i cant get past the step where you choose the brush tool help me out.

  • Reply Till Potsch March 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Amazing video!

  • Reply rhtjuneja1991 March 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Thank You So Much! My profile pictures are reaching next level just because of tutorials like this! 🙂

  • Reply Young Lion March 26, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I need help!! Why when I get to the part of the history brush, its says that i got to apply a state or something but i did everything like u did. Your help is appreciated!! 🙂

  • Reply Charlina Ina April 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Hi. I have a problem doing this. I can not enter to the mask and paste the pic. I click on the mask but it doesnt open. What am i doing wrong? 🙂 thank you.

  • Reply kasra k April 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Draokar April 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Click, nice 🙂

  • Reply Diagna Fronza April 8, 2017 at 3:30 am

    this is great, thank you!!

  • Reply Jaisif Mohammed April 15, 2017 at 6:37 am

    pls help me how to download Ink Textures its downloading only as image format

  • Reply Pay DeDoto April 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Really awesome , i wish i can do it as well as you :'D

  • Reply Milind Nazare April 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I loved it. It worked perfectly! Thank you for this!

  • Reply Purva Shakti May 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    How can I get into layer mask at 2.17 time

  • Reply Justin Finch May 18, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Awesome work, thank you so much for making this 🙂

  • Reply Dimos MC May 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks man!

  • Reply Manu HP May 31, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Hi, good video =)
    PD: i cant enter in your blog 🙁

  • Reply hunterRon June 3, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I can't download the brushes, it says: page doesn't exist. Can someone please share the brushes?

  • Reply RagingMango June 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    dang it i cant get the right brush i cant complete my smudge effect.. need help here how to find the brushes.. 🙁

  • Reply jebusisere June 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    my brushes wont paint in the colour after we put that adjustment layer in any help on it ?

  • Reply Dank Memer July 6, 2017 at 4:33 am

    where u from tho

  • Reply Eduardo Barrento July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you very much: for the excelent tutorial and for the brushes!

  • Reply akshat soni July 12, 2017 at 3:16 am

    bro can u pls share the background music ?

  • Reply Nids Bercero July 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Easy to follow instructions! Thank you for this, very very helpful

  • Reply Hạnh Nguyễn July 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Thank for sharing your video!

  • Reply Swarm July 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm


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  • Reply Marcella Smith August 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I can't drag the photo above the ink smudge to add skin tone, it just won't drag on top why?

  • Reply Ahmed Al Faisl August 11, 2017 at 3:43 am


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  • Reply Abdula Faisal August 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    amazing thank you 🙂

  • Reply Peter-John Gordon August 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Not everyone can teach. You're great at relaying information, thank you very much.

  • Reply Sol Castro August 31, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Great tutorial. This will be very helpful. I'm practising on adding color strokes on black and white photos.

  • Reply mahmoud fawzy September 11, 2017 at 12:43 am

    OMG u r so talented wtf !!! thank u for this amazing video man .. fkin love u so much and thank u for ur amazing effort and epic effect videos .. i got one question how did u make the colour gray without doing anything ? 😀 😀

  • Reply Lidia Janevski September 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Such a good tutorial! Thank you so much. You made my day 🙂

  • Reply Olivia Reil September 13, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I can't seem to add the new brush to my brushes. The brush file is grey unable to add. I'm on a mac.

  • Reply Zabih Bakhtiari September 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I need the brushes but I can't get them

  • Reply Merch Solutions October 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Great tutorial. Thanks !! One question: How do you get a transparent background ?

  • Reply HOMME October 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thank you !! Great tutor !!

  • Reply partha naskar October 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    sala amar kache ese Photoshop sikhe ja,,,,

  • Reply Graphic Zone October 26, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Fine work of creative Idea. I want to them ideas

  • Reply Heisen Ducki November 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm


  • Reply MSFP November 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Very good tutorial, thanks!

  • Reply Tian Jing November 12, 2017 at 8:15 am

    hi, i inverted the mask and changed my brush color to white but still cannot get the result why??

  • Reply Jennifer H. November 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    My assignment for my Photoshop class was to do something that was at an intermediate level. I found this and I hope I pass. So far it meets all the requirements she was asking for in the paper. Fingers crossed! So happy I found this tutorial.

  • Reply Franciska Lund Agenskov November 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    i have a problem after choosing the brushes and changed it into white it still doesnt want to paint. Help me?

  • Reply Uros Milenkovic November 16, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Nice. Thanks

  • Reply AAron Mansor November 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

    i cannot move the inksmudge into Ps…

  • Reply impudent schoolboy November 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm


  • Reply Nam Hoàng December 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Great , Thanks you xD

  • Reply Edward Videos December 14, 2017 at 5:52 am

    excellent tutorial

  • Reply Michellanie December 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

    So awesome! Thank you!
    Btw, you english is not bad at all!

  • Reply Rpa Ralte January 7, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I can't paint!!

  • Reply Rpa Ralte January 7, 2018 at 6:06 am

    How do you zoom in and out?

  • Reply TABUdnb January 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Excellent.

  • Reply deepan raj January 23, 2018 at 5:57 am

    thank u so much bro

  • Reply eleonoramaria January 23, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Great effect! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply David Watson January 28, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Stephanie Charles February 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Great tutorial! Loved it and I can't wait to finish up my image! THANKS

  • Reply Pug Life February 11, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    This is the best tutorial. Helped me make a poster for a special someone

  • Reply Sheryl Morton February 21, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I have tried using this tutorial and I get messed up on right after the invert is made. Someone please help!
    Thanx Street

  • Reply Jordan Madden March 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Curtis sucks

  • Reply Abraham Ghidey April 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    thanks. its wonderful

  • Reply flsp tcch May 5, 2018 at 8:43 am

    you are better than my teacher in college. thank you very muchhh

  • Reply T. Kelly July 10, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for a great tutorial. The speed is slow enough that I can follow along and understand it. I like the fact that you do not use annoying music in the background!!! Your English is great! I have no trouble understanding you.

  • Reply Lluvia lm July 25, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Farida Nal July 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    my ps version is not compatible for this brushes, now what should i do?? i almost finished my work.. 🙁 yesterday i update my ps version.

  • Reply Insidesign Inc September 26, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Thankyou, its awesome!

  • Reply Kruller December 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Hi, It's a great tutorial and you explain so fine. I want to know what happen if the main picture is only black and white.

  • Reply faris hassan January 9, 2019 at 2:38 am

    u r so jameeel

  • Reply M. Rafaq January 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Yo boy awsome

  • Reply M. Rafaq January 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I have learn a lot from yoy

  • Reply Zemouri Amazigh January 30, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    there is a problem with the download of the brush , do you have another link

  • Reply Abhishek Chakraborty February 1, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Very nice tutorial. Thank you lots. I am using it on my DP now.

  • Reply IamDavid February 17, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Great tutorial bro !!!!

  • Reply Suliman Algabarty February 25, 2019 at 11:08 am

    thank you

  • Reply Walid Haddioui March 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    thank you for this awesome tutorial I really learned a lot

  • Reply Mystique Productions May 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Its the Best Tutorial for Ink Smudge Effect

  • Reply WeeklyDisaster June 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    What song are you using as the background? It’s sounds very good!

  • Reply Arie Aloni June 25, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Excellent. that's a sub an like and comment :]

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