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.
- Sky – freeimages.com
- Moon – wikipedia
- Grass – Lemondjinn
- House – moonglowlily
- Birds BRush – redheadstock
- Fog Brush – elizavetbrushes
- Skulls – elevit-stock
- Cross – letinhastock
- Hand – isostock
- Lamp – moonglowlily
- Dead tree 1 – gd08
- Dead tree 2 – zememz
- Dead tree 3 – gd08
- Castle – skinywitch
- Guy – jagged-eye
- Nebula – freeimages.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open file Rocks. Select the rocks with the Quick Selection Tool, copy and paste them into our document. Place them as shown below.
Open the file Grass. Place it as shown below.
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).
Create a new layer and using the Clone Stamp tool clone some of the grass as shown below.
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.
Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation or from the bottom of the layer palate icon) and clip it to the house layer. Drag the saturation slider to -42.
Hint: In order to clip a layer to another Alt-click between the two. This will make the upper layer to show only to the lower layer. You can clip as many layers as you like and they all are going to show only to the bottom most layer.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Multiply. Clip it to the house layer. With a round soft brush at 50% Opacity paint over the house to darken it. Lower the opacity of the layer if the effect is too strong.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With a white soft round brush paint over the house like I did below.
On a new layer set to Overlay Opacity paint again with white over the watch and some of the roof.
Create a new layer and with the chalk brush paint with yellow (#ffd968) over the window.
Create a new layer and with the same yellow color but a round soft brush at 10% Opacity paint some glow around the window.
Hint: When you are finished with a specific portion of the document you are working on (like we are finished with our house) it is a good idea to select all the layers related to that section/object and group them. Shift –click on each layer to select multiple layers and press Ctrl + G to group them. Give the group a descriptive name (in our case “House”).
Import the Birds Brush (double click the .abr file). Create a new layer and create some birds with the birds brush.
Import the Smoke Brush and using a combination of white and black paint some smoke on the bottom portion of our document. Use multiple layer if needed.
Open the Skulls file. Copy and paste the skulls into our document. Add a layer mask and hide most of the skulls until you achieve an effect as I did below.
Open the file Cross. Select the cross, copy and paste it into our scene. Add a layer mask to hide most of the cross (look at how I did in the image below) and place it near the skulls. Duplicate the cross (Ctrl + J) and place the duplicate to the right of the original cross. Rotate and resize it a little.
Open the file Hand. Make a selection of the hand with the Quick Selection Tool. Copy and paste the hand into our scene. Resize it and put it between the two crosses. Also add a layer mask and mask the bottom parts of the hand.
Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and drag the saturation slider to -77. Clip it to the hand layer. Create a Curves adjustment layer and drag the curve down as shown below. Clip it to the hand layer.
Open the file Lamp. Make a selection of the lamp. Copy and paste the lamp into our scene. Position the lamp at the top of the house. Create a Curves adjustment layer with the settings show below and clip it to the lamp.
Open the file Dead Tree 1. Copy and paste the tree into our scene (the trees are already precut so a simple Ctrl + A will select them). Add a layer mask and mask the bottom of the tree. Place one tree on the left side of our scene, near the horizon. Duplicate it two times and place the other two trees as shown below.
Open the file Dead Tree 2. Copy and paste the tree into our scene. Place it as shown below. Add a layer mask and hide the bottom part of the tree.
Create a Curves adjustment layer and drag the curve down. Clip it to the tree.
Create a new layer and with a dark red paint a little apple hanging just below the dead tree. You don’t have to be very precise, just a blob of red with a little white for the highlight will do the trick.