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how can I best replicate an ink-in-water effect in Photoshop CS6? I'm guessing the best way is most probably to use brushes.

The following image is a good example of what I wan't to achieve:

Thanks in advance, any help would be much appreciated!

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There are most definitely many different ways of achieving that effect. Personally I would try creating multiple layers of "smoke". Let's try and find some tutorials for this!

Simply searching for 'smoke' and 'ink in water' turns up a lot of relevant tutorials.

Here is one that should help you get there (digital smoke):

Here are some already-made brushes of ink droplets:

Another fairly relevant brush-set:

Another tutorial that could prove helpful:

There you go! Have a look at a tutorial, try to see what you can use and start experimenting yourself! That's really the best way to learn with Photoshop.

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