How to make fake blood in Photoshop.

Bloody up your photographs — without hurting anyone.

You can create convincing bloody visuals without hurting anybody. All it takes is a solid photo, a little bit of drawing, and a familiarity with basic photo editing tools.

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to get a bleeding photo that'll make anyone do a double-take.

Photoshop basics for bloody edits.

  1. Choose your photo. Open the photo you want to edit in Photoshop.
  2. Add your layer. Select Window and choose Layers to create a new layer on top of your base image.
  3. Draw the blood. Use the Lasso tool in the toolbar to outline the area where you want to add blood.
  4. Fill in your shape. Select Fill to fill the outlined area with a dark red color.
  5. Make it convincing. Select Color Burn under the Layers tab. This increases the contrast between your original image layer and the blood layer to make it look more realistic.
  6. Now make it bleed. Use the Smudge tool and select the appropriate brush size to "smudge" the shape and give it the impression of bleeding. Use the Burn tool to darken the wound and make it look open.

More effects at your fingertips.

Get familiar with more editing features in Photoshop, and you'll be turning ordinary photographs into extraordinary, realistic, creative (and bloody) works of art.