Draw a Halloween poster in Photoshop

In the fall, many artists in the fall begin to think about drawing such interesting things for Halloween. In this tutorial, we’ll be creating a terrific Halloween creepy poster.

Final image:

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Lesson resources:

Part 1. Creating a document

Step 1

Create a new document (File – New) (File> New) (CTRL + N) and select A4 size.

Step 2

Rotate the document (canvas) horizontally (Image – Rotate canvas – 90 o’clock) (Image> Image rotation> 90 CW).

Step 1

Fill the background layer with green. To do this, use the tool. Fill (Paint Bucket) (G).

Create a new layer (Shift + CTRL + N) and tool Gradient radial type (Gradient Tool) (G) draw a light green spot in the center of the background. Slightly move the layer from the gradients up and slightly reduce the opacity of the layer.

Step 2

Tool Text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) Write a phrase and place this text layer on top of the document. Then write the word “HALLOWEEN” below. For the phrase at the top of the document, the Ghastly Panic font was used (you can choose any horror font).

For the word “HALLOWEEN” the font Arial Black was used (you can choose a similar one).

Step 3

Click on the word “HALLOWEEN” tool Text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and click on the icon Create warp text (Create Warped Text). Focus on the screenshot.

Step 4

Apply filter to text layer Relief (3D – Relief – Text layer) (3D> Repousse> text layer). Focus on the screenshot.

Step 5

Slightly lower the opacity of the test layer, create a new layer and paint each letter with a small hard brush.

Step 6

Draw each letter on a separate layer. Now apply the command to each letter. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (CTRL + U). It is necessary to achieve the effect of a light spot in the center of the text.

Step 7

Add a clipping mask to the first letter layer and fill some of its parts with yellow color. In this illustration, the illumination should be directed from the bottom to the center.

Use the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) to soften and reduce the opacity of the applied brush effect. Draw all letters in this way.

Step 8

Use light blue to lightly shade the shadow, and then change the blending mode of the blue layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 9

Create a new layer in overlay mode. Multiplication (Multiply) and with a stiff brush, draw a shadow on the drops flowing from the text, as shown in the screenshot:

Step 10

Create a new layer and draw a small yellow spot on it with the Radial Gradient type tool. Flip horizontally gradient layer (CTRL + T) and wipe off the top of it a bit.

Step 11

Duplicate all letter layers (Ctrl + J), and then merge duplicates into one layer (CTRL + E). For foreground and background color, choose dark green and yellowish green shades. Apply to the combined letter layer. filter reticulation (Filter – Sketch – Reticulation) (Filter> Sketch> Reticulation).

Step 12

Change the layer blending mode with Reticulation to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 40%.

Step 13

Make the text layer active, create a new layer in the overlay mode. Multiplication (Multiply) and fill it with a soft light blue gradient. Draw a gradient line from the top of the document and from side to side. Use the eraser on the gradient layer to soften it a little.

Create a new layer in overlay mode. Overlap (Overlay) and fill it with a yellow gradient.

Step 14

On a new layer calledliquid “add a white highlight to the dripping drops.

Part 3. Draw a pumpkin

Step 1

Now let’s start drawing a pumpkin. To create it we will use orange and green colors. Layers using orange color translate into blend mode Multiplication (Multiply) to create the shadows, and the layers using the green color will translate into the blend mode Overlap (Overlay) to create light highlights.

Step 2

Draw a green vapor coming out of the pumpkin, add a few spots on the pumpkin and a shadow under it.

Part 4. Putting a poster

Step 1

Place the first texture on the image (File – Place) (File> Place). Place this texture under the layer with pumpkin and text, and adjust its size to the size of the entire document (CTRL + T). Change the blending mode of the texture layer to Separation (Divide).

Step 2

Duplicate the texture layer (Ctrl + J), change the duplicate blend mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and erase the part with a soft eraser. Tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) (W) select the edges of the texture and delete.

Step 3

Place the second texture above all layers, change its blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity to 73%. Erase texture with pumpkin and text:

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Fill (Fill) or Photo filter (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter) (Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter). Place this adjustment layer under the text layer.

Step 5

Duplicate the yellow gradient layer (Ctrl + J), which is under the text layer, drag it horizontally and vertically and erase its bottom part.

Step 6

Shrink the pumpkin layer (Ctrl + T) and duplicate it (Ctrl + J). If necessary, translate all orange layers into the Multiply blend mode.

Step 7

Add layer styles to the top text layer:

Step 8

Duplicate the “HALLOWEEN” text layer (Ctrl + T), place it below and apply a layer style to it Shadow (Drop shadow).

Step 9

Duplicate the adjustment layer Photo filter (Ctrl + J) and place it above all layers.

Step 10

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and with the brush draw a light stroke around the text, the pumpkin, as well as the mouth, eyes and nose of the pumpkin.

Step 11

Choose a soft round brush and in the palette Brushes (F5) configure it as shown in the screenshot. Using yellow and dark orange colors, paint on the pumpkin barely visible dirt spots.

Step 12

Change the blend mode of the second texture to Overlap and reduce its opacity to 44%.

Step 13

Now create the feeling that the pumpkin is lying on the floor. Do not forget to draw a shadow on the ground under the pumpkin and add soft lighting.

Step 14

Go to the background layer, double click on it to unlock. Now apply a command to it. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (CTRL + U) to add a little glow.

Step 15

Go back to the pumpkin and add more light, and also strengthen the shadows.

Step 16

Apply an adjustment layer to the text layer. Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast).

Step 17

Highlight the pumpkin face and add a bright yellow light to the center of the selected parts, and add a pale blue shadow around the edges.

Step 18

Apply the command to the text layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (CTRL + U).

Step 19

Black out the edges of the pumpkin face and draw more dents and cracks on it.

Step 20

Use a small stiff brush to draw a spider web.

Step 21

In the final, on the letter O, draw an eye. Draw a white circle between the letters and the shadow layer. Add a layer to the circle. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Add a clipping mask to the layer with the eye, then create a new layer and draw the details: capillaries and light areas.

Final image:

Posted by: Liran Szeiman

Transfer: Slutskaya Svetlana

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