Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic
 By T W I   •   8th Apr 2011   •   11,456 views   •   14 comments
Choose two horses from a stock site, such as DeviantArt. One of them will be the subject to which we will be adding the markings. Position and color are not important, so choose whatever horse catches your fancy. The other horse should be an Appaloosa, from which we are taking the markings. It will be helpful if it's in the same general position as your subject, however the final results should end up the same.

Software: Photoshop Elements | Skill level: Intermediate

Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic

If the horse with the markings is facing the opposite direction of your subject, just flip it around by hitting image - rotate- flip horizontal. Please note: The controls may differ for another version of Photoshop.

Select the area of the second horse that contains the desired markings using the magnetic lasso tool. It’s okay to get a lot of the base coat in there too, as it will be removed in an upcoming step.

If two areas of markings aren’t very close to each other, just use two different selections. This will give you more freedom in positioning the markings, so make as many selections as you would like.

Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic

Copy each selection and paste it onto your chosen horse. Make sure that the edges of the new layers do not go outside the outline of the horse.

Once they are positioned however you’d like, merge marking layers together.

Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic

With a fuzzy eraser, erase the borders of the markings. Don’t actually erase the markings themselves, but the edges of the coat around them, so that they start to blend into the horse.

Now it’s time to make everything but the white disappear! To do this, you will need to choose one of the lightening blending modes. I recommend either ‘lighten’ or ‘screen’, but whatever works for you.

Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic

Once you have done all of the above steps, this is basically what the final product will look like. However, we need to add some dimension to the markings to make them look like they really belong on the horse.

Choose the burn tool. Put the range on highlights and the strength on 15%. Rub it over all the areas where the original horse is shaded, provided the new markings are overtop.

It will differ for every image; however the areas where I shaded the most were the lower barrel, right behind the shoulder and in front of the hip. If you want to get even more detailed, you can even shade some muscles in, burning right overtop of the original horse’s muscles.

Repeat the process with the dodge tool on the same settings as the burn tool. And if you’d like to brighten up the markings, just duplicate the layer once.

And that’s all there is to it!
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Valkyrie   MOD 
That's a Paint, not an Appaloosa lol. But good tutorial! Much easier than the way I've been doing it. Must give it a go sometime.
  58 days ago  •  9,104 views
Breaking Free  
Wow, that looks really good! :O It looks natural. Nice turtorial! :)
  58 days ago  •  9,122 views
T W I  
My apologies Ponybox. As Pulse so kindly pointed out, the markings are not actually Appaloosa markings.
And as I told her The tutorial was supposed to explain how to add Appaloosa-like markings as oppose to ones (That usually use a totally different method) that are just solid chunks of color instead of being unevenly distributed in more of an Appaloosa blanket pattern.
  58 days ago  •  9,161 views
Untamed Heart  
hat is soo good!!! You are talanted!
  58 days ago  •  9,117 views
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
I've always wanted to know how to do this. Whenever I make a graphic again, I will have to try this.
Another great tutorial !
  58 days ago  •  9,134 views
Lovable Star  
thats awesome
  58 days ago  •  9,118 views
Lovable Star  
i love appaloosas
  58 days ago  •  9,118 views
Dutch Vanners  
Wow how easy is it to color your horse. Beautiful!!!
  57 days ago  •  9,234 views
T E M P E S T  
Great article!
  56 days ago  •  9,138 views
Seven Sins  
good article
  56 days ago  •  9,108 views
Great tutorial, despite the name mix-up! You're obviously extremely talented in the area of graphics!!
  56 days ago  •  9,126 views
That's amazing! Great job!
  55 days ago  •  9,119 views
Great article!!
  Jun 7, 2011  •  9,099 views
Cool article!
  Nov 18, 2011  •  9,138 views
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