Photo Manipulation

Create This Eerie Haunted House Scene for Halloween

Have you ever wanted to live in a haunted house? I don’t! But that won’t stop us in creating a eerie photo manipulation with dead trees, ghosts and a haunted house. Fire up Photoshop and let’s begin!

What you’ll be creating

In this tutorial we will create an eerie photo manipulation. You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer in order to follow this tutorial.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document 2000×1565. Open the file sky and copy all by pressing Ctrl + A. Copy with Ctrl + C, go back to our document and paste with Ctrl + V. Place the sky as shown below.


Step 2

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N). Choose a round soft brush and lower the opacity to 40%. Paint with dark over the upper portion of the sky.


Step 3

Open the file Moon. With the Elliptical Marquee Tool make a selection of the moon. Copy and paste that selection into our document. Convert the pasted moon into a Smart Object (right click the layer and from the drop down menu choose Convert To Smart Object). Resize and place the moon as shown below.

From now on you should transform to smart object all objects/layers pasted from other documents, especially if you are going to apply a lot of resizes to them. I will not mention this at every step but if you pasted something from another document the rule is that you convert to smart object.

I should also mention that in order to resize and position a layer you should use Free Transform (Ctrl + T). If you hold Shift while dragging the corner handles you will resize you object proportionally.


Step 4

Add a layer mask to the moon layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) or from the bottom of the layer palate menu. With a round soft brush mask the lower left part of the moon so that it blends nicely with the sky.


Step 5

Open file Rocks. Select the rocks with the Quick Selection Tool, copy and paste them into our document. Place them as shown below.


Step 6

Open the file Grass. Place it as shown below.


Step 7

Add a layer mask to the grass layer and hide the upper portion of the layer (the sky ). Hint: you can use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the area you want hidden and then in the layer mask press Alt + Backspace (but make sure you have the default colors set which you can do by pressing D).


Step 8

Create a new layer and using the Clone Stamp tool clone some of the grass as shown below.


Step 9

Open the file House. Select the house and copy it. Paste it into our document and resize it as I did in the image below. Add a layer mask and mask the lower part of the house so it will sit nicely over the rocks.
Hint: in order to do precise selection you can use the Pen tool and make a path of the area you want selected. After you’re done you press Ctrl + Enter and transform the path into a selection.


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