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Adding Appaloosa Markings to a Horse Graphic
 By T W I   •   8th Apr 2011   •   11,064 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.
  Apr 8, 2011  •  8,687 views
 
Breaking Free  
Wow, that looks really good! :O It looks natural. Nice turtorial! :)
  Apr 8, 2011  •  8,705 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.
  Apr 8, 2011  •  8,744 views
 
Untamed Heart  
hat is soo good!!! You are talanted!
  Apr 9, 2011  •  8,700 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 !
  Apr 9, 2011  •  8,717 views
 
Lovable Star  
SWEET
thats awesome
  Apr 9, 2011  •  8,701 views
 
Lovable Star  
i love appaloosas
  Apr 9, 2011  •  8,701 views
 
Dutch Vanners  
Wow how easy is it to color your horse. Beautiful!!!
  Apr 10, 2011  •  8,817 views
 
T E M P E S T  
Great article!
  Apr 10, 2011  •  8,721 views
 
Seven Sins  
good article
  Apr 10, 2011  •  8,691 views
 
Artista  
Great tutorial, despite the name mix-up! You're obviously extremely talented in the area of graphics!!
  Apr 10, 2011  •  8,709 views
 
Isadorable  
That's amazing! Great job!
  Apr 12, 2011  •  8,702 views
 
Simplicity  
Great article!!
  Jun 7, 2011  •  8,682 views
 
Mystic56  
Cool article!
  10 hours ago  •  8,721 views
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