Photoshop Painting Effect

I'm trying to figure out how this web site created their paint background:

As well as the paint strokes behind their logo. Do you guys think this was painted then scanned in, or was it created using Photoshop brushes? Does anyone know of any tutorials to accomplish the same effect? I've been trying but can't get it to look nearly as good.

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I'm sure there's several ways to pull it off. You can get the effect pretty close by playing around with the Photoshop Render Clouds Filter. Open a PSD and add a new layer. Next you will choose a foreground and a background color that you want to use. Paint the background a light color, white or light blue. Now go to Filter>Render>Clouds. That will get you close. You can customize if from there.
You can also put a gradient layer on top of another custom gradient layer and change the various configurations and opacities
SpiderstaveAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the assistance, guys. I'm hoping for more specific steps, like a tutorial. At this point I'm thinking I may just paint it myself and scan it in, as I've been unable to produce anything close to the effect they are achieving.
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Did you try the steps I suggested? I was able to get mine pretty close with minimal effort. If you tried it and weren't successful I can try to explain and be more specific. If you haven't tried it then maybe you should give it a shot before posting.
SpiderstaveAuthor Commented:
Yep, I gave it a shot and wasn't able to get it looking like anything other than clouds. Could you post an example? Maybe that would help me know what to shoot for.

I WAS able to get a similar look and feel with gradient layers.
SpiderstaveAuthor Commented:
Congratulations. Unfortunately this site is about helping the people asking questions, not bragging about what you can do. I doubt that you were able to achieve an effect of similar quality without the use of textures and brushes.

Any other experts willing to help?

I'll try to work some time in to put together a quick tutorial. I've been extremely busy transferring a website for a new client. I should have some free time tomorrow if you want to leave the question open. If you aren't let me know so I don't waste my time.

Jeremy Jared
SpiderstaveAuthor Commented:
Definitely interested. Thank you!
As far as the brush strokes are concerned, you can click and hold on the brush tool in the tool pallet and select the "Mixer Brush Tool." This will give you a brush with real paint dynamics including how "wet" your brush is or how "dry" it is, even stroke dynamics and angles if you are using a pen and tablet. You can use an underlying layer as the paint pallet...meaning that you can take a pre existing picture and turn it into wet can load the brush with paint and use a blank, empty layer to start painting. It's an AMAZING tool. Here is one of the tutorials I found on youtube...but there are many more:

As far as the background goes...the way that I would do it is to go out and find some texture files...go to and search for "textures." People post them for free to download and they usually come in "packs" of like 5 -10 files with different colors and texture styles. Then in PS, just open one of the texture files and use the blending modes to find the right "look" you're going for. I would layer two or more textures and blend them in different ways to get different effects. If you like the texture but not the color...change it using the Hue/Saturation adjustment to color it whatever color you like.

Hope this helps!

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SpiderstaveAuthor Commented:
Hi mj,

Thanks for the follow-up! We ended up hand-painting assets, then scanning them in and processing them in PS. It's a much different effect then what is accomplished at the sample site I posted originally, but it turned out pretty cool.

I wanted to reply because I watched the video you posted, and you're right, that's an awesome effect! I was unaware of that tool and will definitely be experimenting with it in the future.

I'm going to mark your response as the solution. I researched this quite a bit, and from everything I've seen, if hand-painting isn't an option, your approach would be the next best option IMO. So, figured it might be helpful to future searchers to have this thread finally resolved.

Thanks for your help! I'm looking forward to experimenting with that effect.

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