How to Paint your Worn-out Shoes in Photoshop


Do you have a favourite shoe that no matter how worn out it is, you still would like to use it? Well, you don’t have to throw it away. You can creatively do some touches to make it look brand new. You can start creating your custom shoe design by using Photoshop. This way, you wouldn’t need to buy a new pair of shoes for the holiday season. For this tutorial, we will show you how to design a custom painted shoe.

Aside from giving you the idea on how to create a custom painted shoe, you can also use this tutorial as a guide in creating shoe design presentations. With this, you can surely have an edge as a designer.

Final Result

iBook Inspired Bookshelf
Let’s get started.

Step 1

First we need to download a worn out shoes image for our tutorial in here.But you can also take picture of your own worn out shoes.
Open the image in Photoshop and change the dimension to 900 by 1000 pixels with 300dpi resolution.

Step 1

Step 2

Now create a custom shape that resembles the shapes of the shoes.
Step 2
Do the same step to another section.

Step 2a
And now we have five sections which we are going to paint.

Step 3

Create ellipse selections on the first shape we have created before with Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) invert the selection (Ctrl/Cmd + I) then apply Vector Mask on it.
Tips: If you do not know where the shoelace holes, you can make the shape transparent for a while.

Step 3
Apply the same thing in another section that has shoelace holes.

Step 3a

Step 4

In this step we are going to make wrappers for our painting. Create a new shape rectangle layer, convert it to Smart Objects.
Step 4

Step 5

Apply Free Transform (Ctrl/Cmd + T) to the layer and switch to Wrap Mode. Wrap the layer, so it nearly resembles the shape of the shoes curve. The layer was made transparent so we can look what are going under.
Step 5

After finishing the wrapping part, now apply clipping mask to the layer. Rename the layer as you might think fit for it, but in this tutorial I name it “style 1″

Step 5a
Apply the same step on the other shoes sections.

Step 5b
Step 5c
Step 5d
Clipping Mask all the layers, and our shoes will look like the screenshot below.

Step 5e

Step 6

In this step we will create an image or pattern of the painting that we will put on the shoes.
Create a new separate file with size of 1500x1500px. In this case, I name the file “Style” , and of course you can name it as you want that might fit.
Step 6

Step 7

Fill the background with #2a2a34 color. Unless you have a lot of time you can manually draw the monsters. But in this tutorial we will use the Monster Brush Set which you can download from here.
Paint the brush randomly with various monsters and in different size.

Step 7

Step 8

Create new layer and paint one monster brush.

Step 8
Add Color Overlay and Stroke layer style on it.

Step 8a
Step 8b
Repeat the step to create another adorable monster.

Step 8c

Step 9

We are back to our project file. Now go to one of wrapping layer we have created in Step 4. Double-click the thumbnail layer; it will lead you to a new window. Then put our painting from Step 7 in it. Save the file, it will update the wrapping layer.

Step 9
Let’s do the same step to another section.

Step 9a

Step 10

Now add Inner Shadow. On each of the sections we had put the painting on.
Step 10
Step 10a

Step 11

We will add shade on them, just like the shades on the initial shoes, in order to make the painting more convincing.
First set our brush. Pick a soft round brush, change brush mode to Overlay, 25% Opacity and 15% Flow.

Step 11

Create a new layer and change the layer to blend mode to Overlay. Then don’t forget to apply clipping mas to the layer.
Step 11a

Look at the initial shoes, imitate the shade pattern and do the same step we’ve done previously.

Step 11b

Step 12

In this step we will touch up the shoes a little. Using the Clone Stamp fix the worn out color line on the shoes.
Step 12

Step 13

In this step we create spotlight effect. Create new layer and put it above all the layer we’ve created before. Change the layer blend mode to multiply and 30% Fill.
Step 13

Step 14

Add new Curve Layer, so the shoes look a bit lighter.

Step 14

Step 15

Add a new Curve layer as well above the initial shoes, to adjust the shoes contrast.
Step 15

Step 16

Now Select all layer, copy and merge them all (Ctrl/Cmd + E). Convert the layer into Smart Object and Add Gaussian blur filter.

Then with a soft round brush, paint the layer mask in the smart filter with black color, so we have more focus on the shoes.
Step 16

Final Outcome

This is it, our painted shoes. We hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Step 17

Download Source Files

  • http://delona.net mazin

    great tutorial, we can use same idea to do new things… thank you ” Thoriq” hope to see more..

  • Keanu Fernandez

    Another “something cool” to try learning! Wow!

  • John Brian McCane

    Good job Thoriq!

  • Khaled Egezeke

    I will surely find time for this dude!

  • Kevin Tuigamala

    Absolutely cool!

  • Hameed Dahbour

    i’m not really much into PSD but this one is really worth a try :-D

  • http://creatiface.com Thoriq

    Thanks for your appreciation guys, we hope you get something useful from this tut.
    We are currently working on another tut. So, stay tune;

    Happy Holidays…

  • http://adiwp.wordpress.com adi wahyu

    ditunggu tutorial pakai gimp :-D

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rafs84/sets/72157625912998018/ Raf

    I sometimes do that when I want to know how my designs will look on sneakers. And then go and do the real thing, hand painted :)
    You can see the final outcome here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rafs84/sets/72157625912998018/

    • http://creatiface.com Thoriq

      @raf that is amazing painted shoes, me and my friend were a fan of painted shoes, so that founded a painted shoes company in 2008. this tut was inspired from it. :)

  • T_Only

    Hey :D
    I’m not new in photoshop, but can’t understand what happend between step 9 and 10 with this style “picture”. Is it blending option or something? And what layer do i need to apply this… fix?

    • http://creatiface.com Thoriq

      Yes it’s blending option…you can check it in the downloadable file…. :) thanks for reading this tut.

  • http://thoppp.com Darren

    very cute result !!! nice work author