Create a haunted house in Photoshop

This lesson describes how to create a haunted house. You will learn how to create a dark, dark and creepy haunted house scene using various techniques. You will also learn how to manage layers, combine elements, create a dark scene, work with groups and focus on fine details.

Note: This tutorial assumes that you have basic techniques or have an average level of Photoshop. You will need Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher version to complete this tutorial.

Preparing a dark background for a haunted house

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop Height (Height) 800px and Weight (Width) 1250px with the following parameters:

Adding a house

Step 2

Open the image with the house in Photoshop, and then drag it into the main document using the tool Move Tool (Move) (V).

Add sky

Step 3

Place the sky image in the main document. I hid the image of the house, so you can clearly see how I arranged it.

Step 4

Add a mask to the house image by clicking on the second icon at the bottom of the panel. Layers (Layers). Use a black soft round brush to hide the upper parts of the house and show the sky area on top of the house.

Step 5


Step 6

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) for the sky and heighten the contrast of the sky. You can add an adjustment layer by clicking on the third icon at the bottom of the panel. Layers (Layers).


Step 7

Using the adjustment layer ColorBalance (Color Balance) change the color of the sky. Change only the value Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Sveta).


Step 8

Make active the layer with the house and using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves) reduce its brightness. Be sure to use the adjustment layer as a clipping mask (note: right-click on the adjustment layer and select Create clipping mask in the menu that appears).


Step 9

Add adjustment layer ColorBalance (Color Balance) for the house and adjust the color of the house according to the sky. For Highlights (Light) change values CyanRed (Blue-Red) to -9, MagentaGreen (Purple-Green) +4 and YellowBlue (Yellow-blue) +38.


Step 10

Create a new layer, fill it with 50% gray and set its blending mode Overlay (Overlap).

Take the tool BurnTool (Dimmer) (O) with range Midtones (Mid Tones) and Exposure (Exponir.) 10-12%. Now darken the bottom of the scene. Take Dodge tool (Clarifier) ​​(O) and lighten the details at the top of the scene. Below you can see the results in the mode Overlay (Overlap). Our goal now is very simple – to darken those areas that are less illuminated and lighten those that are close to the light. When doing remember the direction of the light.


Adding tree silhouettes

Step 11

Place the tree silhouette at the bottom on the right side of the scene.

Set the blending mode for the tree layer Multiply (Multiplication), thereby you get rid of the white background.

Step 12

Transform the tree layer into a smart object. Then go to menu Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and specify a value of 2px.

Result with added depth to the scene:

Step 13

Duplicate this layer by pressing CTRL + J, and move the copy just below the original.

Step 14

Create a new layer and name it. Fog. Set the foreground color to #bdbdbd and draw a fog as shown below.

Add a mask to the fog layer and go to the menu Filter> Render> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds), apply filter Clouds (Clouds) to the mask layer with fog.

Note: In this lesson you can learn more about how to add fog in the photo.

Step 15

Use adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to tint the fog layer.


Step 16

Open image The bats in Photoshop and separate the bat from the background, and then place it in a working document:

Step 17

Use adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to discolor the bat.

Step 18

Via Curves (Curves) reduce the brightness of the bat.

Step 19

Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to bat to reduce image sharpness. Use a radius of 1.5px. This is necessary because the bat is at a great distance from the viewer. In addition, it will make her look more believable against the sky.


Step 20

Separate the crow from the background and place it in a working paper. Do not forget to apply a filter to it. Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss), as in the previous step.

Step 21

Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves) so that the crow matches the background in color. Change the red channel settings.

Step 22

Similarly, extract two more bats from the image. The bats. Put them in the main document and put them in the scene, as you did in step 19.

Step 23

Open image Window in photoshop. Via Polygon lasso Tool (Rectangular Lasso) separate the broken window from it.

Step 24

Now place it as shown in the image below. If necessary, use the free transform (Ctrl + T) to rotate and adjust the perspective of the window to the perspective of the house.

Add a mask to this layer with a window and, using a black soft round brush, mask the hard edges and adjust it to fit the window size of the house.

Step 25

Duplicate this layer twice and do the same with the other windows. But try to make the windows of the house broken in random order. To this end, mask the different parts of the window and, if necessary, try to change their perspective by turning them.

Step 26

Select all layers with windows and press Ctrl + G to group them. Change the blending mode of this group to Normal (Usual). Now add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to adjust all layers with broken windows with a background. Change parameters Red (Red) and Blue (Blue) channels.


Final touches

Step 27

Create an adjustment layer GradientMap (Gradient Map) on top of all layers and use a black and white gradient to enhance the contrast and brightness of the entire scene.

Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 70%.

Step 28

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to change the color of the entire scene. Change parameters Green (Green) and Blue (Blue) channels.

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) adjustment layer Curves (Curves) up to 63%. Result:

Step 29

Using the adjustment layer ColorBalance (Color Balance) give the scene a final color. Change only Shadow (Shadows) and Highlights (Sveta)


Step 30

The light above seems too bright, add a correction layer. Curves (Curves) and reduce the illumination of the entire scene. Fill the mask of this layer with black color.

On the layer mask Curves (Curves) make the effect visible only on the bright upper areas, it will help to darken them.


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