Life & Style tutorial: Cool colour tips

Give your photo-montage skills a boost with amazing coloured elements and dynamic splashes – here’s how.

It’s always tempting to err on the side of caution when it comes to employing colour in your images. However, this isn’t always the best solution: in this image, colour is definitely king.

The bold, slightly retro purple grid sets the tone for the whole piece, and is offset by the paint splatters that add a dynamic feel to the enigmatic central figure. In this tutorial, Ee Venn Soh reveals colourization techniques that you’ll find yourself using on all sorts of other projects.

You’ll also sharpen up your skills with the Pen tool, and use the Liquify tool, one of Photoshop’s most derided tools, to generate random shapes with shading. Finally, you’ll add a layer of polish to your image with a gleaming, chrome text effect.

The central figure was kindly supplied by photographer Marcus Ranum (; you can download it for free from

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