Halloween is coming soon and it’s a good idea to create something spooky for this event. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a dark, obscured Halloween scenery by combining witch house, pumpkins, tombstones, crows and many more into one neat piece. There will be plenty of intermediate to advanced photo manipulation techniques, from lightning effect to blending color. Some parts could be tricky, but why not give a try ? Alright lets begin!
Preview of Final Results
- Pumpkin – by TheKaykat-Stock
- Tombstones – by wolverine041269
- Dead Trees – by Free-Stock-By-Wayne
- Grave House – by Free-Stock-By-Wayne
- Dig Sites – by Free-Stock-By-Wayne
- Ravens & Crows – by FairieGoodMother
- Hayswagon – by CHEYENNE75
- Bat Brush – by radroachmeat
- Fog – by Moonglowlilly
- HOUSE 07-03 – by CHEYENNE75
- Pumpkin On Hayswagon – Pixabay
- Moon Sky – Pixabay
- Dark Cloud Sky – Pixabay
- Dead Forest – SXC.HU
- Hill – SXC.HU
- Fence – SXC.HU
- Field – CGTexture (you need to resigter a free account in order to download)
Step 1 – Create A New File
Open Photoshop and create a new document with Width 1920 and Height 1200, leave the Background Contents as Transparent.
Step 2 – Create The Sky
Firstly we will work on the sky first by combining two different images : Moon Sky and Dark Cloud Sky. Place the Dark Cloud Sky into the document first by go to File -> Place, by doing this the image will be set as Smart Object – allows you to work with it indestructibly, this step should be used all along this tutorial for every images. You can also transform any normal layer to Smart Object by right clicking on it and select Convert to Smart Object.
Resize the Sky like below. (Ctrl + T to open Transform tool)
Adjust the Sky a little bit with Brightness&Contrast (Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness&Contrast). Remember to tick on the box “Use Previous Layer To Create Clipping Mask“, by this way the adjustment layer will only be used on the Sky layer without affecting other layers below.
Next, open the Moon Sky image and apply Layer Mask. Layer Mask is a great way to erase unneccesary part on an image and you can still restore the erased part after that if you need to. Quick access to Layer Mask via the panel below the layer area.
Now grab a big Soft Brush with Black color and start painting on the Moon Sky’s layer mask, the masking part will be indicate with red color. Mask all the white part of this Moon Sky layer.
Apply Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the Moon Sky layer.
And we’re done with the sky, here is the result.
Step 3 – Create the Ground
Now we will make the ground with a Hill part and a Field part. Open the Hill image first, use Quick Selection Tool and select the hill like this.
Place the selected part into our document, rotate it to the right like this.
Apply these following adjustment layers to the Hill.
And we will have the Hill look like this
Step 4 – Adding the Field
Open the Field image and select the field like this.
Place the selected part into the document
Apply Layer Mask to the Field image.
Continue adding some adjustment layers to the Field.
Curves – Hue/Saturation – Brightness/Contrast
And we’re done with the basic background image for this piece.
Step 5 – Extracting the Dead Forest
We will learn how to extract this Forest from the image which you can’t simply use Quick Selection or Magic Wand tool to get the forest part, instead we will use Color Range to solve this puzzle. Open the Dead Forest image and hit Ctrl + A to select the whole image, then go to Select -> Color Range…