Create a Halloween Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Halloween Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
step 5
Here comes a little tricky part. Adjust the Fuzziness meter to the point where you can begin seeing the forest part as black color, the other as white and grey color. Hold Shift and left click on the white and grey part until they all turn into white like the image below.
step 5a
After you can see the forest part clearly in black, click OK. Photoshop will automatically select the white part after that. Right click on the image and choose Select Inverse to switch to the forest part.
step 5b
Hit Ctrl + J and bam! You have the forest extracted clean and nice.
step 5c

Step 6 - Place The Forest

Having our forest extracted, place it into our document, behind the Hill. Layer Mask some part of the forest like below.
step 6
Apply following adjustment layers to the forest. Brightness/Contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure
step 6a
step 6b
step 6c
And this is what we have
step 6d

Step 7 - More Dead Forest!

Duplicate the Forest and place it to the left, erase some part of it like this
step 7
We're done with the forest, lets move on!
step 7a

Step 8 - The Witch House

Place the Witch House image like below, place it under the Hill layer.
step 8
Go to the House layer's Blending Option and do a little change to Inner Shadow.
step 8a
And some adjustment layers, of course! Levels - Brightness/Contrast - Hue/Saturation
step 8b
step 8c
step 8d
The Witch House has been greatly blended with the whole image.
step 8e

Step 9 - Create Light From The House

We will add some nice touch for the house by creating glowing light from the house's windows. Create a new layer, grab the Pen Tool and start draw the window-shape on the house's window.
step 9
Fill the path you've just drew with White color by right click on the path and choose Fill Path, choose White as Content Use.
step 9a
Go to the layer's Blending Option and do some changes to Inner Shadow and Outer Glow.
step 9b
step 9c
After that, go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur, apply 1px and this is what we will have
step 9d

Step 10 - Create A Windowpane

We just can't leave the bare window like that so that's why we will make a windowpane. Grab the Rectangular Tool and draw a rectangular shape, fill it with Black.
step 10a
Repeat the previous step but rotate the shape to horizontal to create a cross shape.
step 10b
Merge 2 shape layers into one by holding Ctrl + left click on those two and right click, choose Merge Layers. Apply some Blending Option to the layer. Stroke
step 10c
Inner Shadow
step 10d
Color Overlay
step 10e
After that place the Cross Shape layer on the window, right click on the layer and choose Create Clipping Mask so that the cross will stay inside the window.
step 10f

Step 11

Repeat Step 9 and 10 with all the other windows.
step 11
Create a new layer and grab a soft brush with color #f59d12 and paint on all the windows.
step 11a
Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, reduce the Opacity to 50 - 60%
step 11b

Step 12 - Light Reflection From The House

We need to add one more light effect for the house. Create a new layer and get the Rectangular Tool again too draw the following shape, fill it with color #f39e14.
step 12
Hit Ctrl + T to open Transform Tool, use Distort to bend the shape like this
step 12a
step 12b
Then go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur with 3.0px Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light with 50% Opacity.
step 12d

Step 13

Duplicate the light we just created and place it near the other two windows.

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21 comments on “Create a Halloween Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. There are about 3 links that don't seem to work for me. I can't seem to know why for example the house. Even the link that Henk posted doesn't work for me. Very confused and worried as I have to finish a project.

  2. Thanks for sharing such informative post its help me to know deeply Photoshop work step by step.those are very useful for me! :)

  3. Great tutorial!! However I need some help on Step 18. I am not familiar with using the Perspective tool and I can't get it to conform to the landscape. Can you give us some tips on how to do this?

    Thank You

  4. I have reahed the stage of lighting the windows in the witch house, I make a new layer and use the pen tool to draw around the window but I cant replicate the yellow light that is supposed to be emmited. I follow the instrutction to the letter and have tried many times. I also dont have the red colour with the brush tool when applying masks. Please help :(

    1. Hi Jules,

      After you've finished drawing with pen, just right click on the draw path and choose Fill Path, you should be able to fill with drawing path with the color in the tutorial provided.

      Also, the red color in the layer mask is just a sample for better visual view, its actually the black color you use when masking.

      Let me know if there's anything more you want to know, contact me via my email : [email protected].



  5. It seems like you forgot to include the Witch House in the tutorial resources.

    Thanks for all the great tutorials!

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