22 Easy Steps to Create This Haunted House Scene

22 Easy Steps to Create This Haunted House Scene

Step 15

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top of the layers with the default colors (black and white):

Step 16

I want to create an eerie mood in this scene. Create a new layer and change the foreground and background to #9d9d9d and #121212. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds:
Convert this layer to a Smart Object. Lower this layer opacity to 50%:

Step 17

Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove the mist effect on the sky part:
To refine the mist effect, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 90 px:

Step 18

It's time for coloring the scene. Make a Color Balance adjustment layer on the top:

Step 19

Use Curves to darken the scene:
On this layer mask use a black brush to refine the contrast there:

Step 20

In this step, we'll make the red light glowing from one of the house windows. Make a new layer, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a selection on the window below and set the feather radius to 3:
Go to Edit > Fill (Shift+F5) and fill with a red color (#ff0000):
Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool again to make two selections with the feather radius =3 as shown below:
Click the Add layer mask button and we have this result:

Step 21

To add a glow effect to this red window, double click this layer, choose Outer Glow:

Step 22

Create a new layer and use the same color for a soft brush (#ff0000) with the opacity lowered to 30-35% to paint the red light under the window and on the grass:

Final Results


Download the PSD

Haunted.zip | 48.7 MB

Tutorial by Jenny Le

I hope that you enjoyed my tutorial and found it useful. To see more of my works and tutorials, you can follow me on Facebook or watch me on Deviantart . - Jenny
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6 comments on “22 Easy Steps to Create This Haunted House Scene”

  1. The red light isn't realistic...projections (wall) and reflections (windows) aren't repected...
    But the athmosphere is great !

  2. This is one of the coolest tutorials that I have ever seen for photoshop. Even as a new user, I feel like I could follow your instructions beginning to end.

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