In this lesson, you will learn how to create haunted text in Photoshop against a dark forest. You can also replace the current forest background with the ready-made Gothic background by downloading it from the link below. Create an interesting manipulation for the upcoming Halloween party using this text style.
Open the original image with the forest, save in PSD format. Name the forest layer ‘Forest’.
Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) to darken the forest. You can use an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) instead of brightness / contrast correction.
Duplicate the forest layer. Name the duplicate layer ‘Light effect 1’. Place this layer on top of all other layers. Next, go Filter – Stylization (Filter> Stylize) and select the filter Glow Edges (Glowing Edges)
Next, go Image – Correction – Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate).
Change the blending mode for the ‘Light Effect 1’ layer to Lightening (Screen) and also reduce Opacity (opacity) layer up to 50%.
Next, to the same ску Light effect 1 ’layer, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, paint over the layer mask, hiding certain areas. Try to keep the light flare only on one side of the trees (left or right).
Duplicate the ‘Light effect 1’ layer. Name the duplicate layer ‘Light effect 2’. Using the brush, once again hide the white lines to enhance the light reflections.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Gradient’. Fill the layer with any color you like. Install Fill (Fill) at 0% and then apply a layer style Gradient overlays (Gradient Overlay). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.
It’s time to add text and also add ghost effects. Type a word Ghost (Ghost) using any font you like. I used the consolas font.
Rasterize the text layer, and then double-duplicate the rasterized text layer. Name 3 layers: ‘Ghost 1’, ‘Ghost 2’ and ‘Ghost 3’. Let’s start with the top layer ‘Ghost 3’. Turn off the visibility of the other two layers. Now add a layer style. Color overlay (Color Overlay) using color # f8f8f8. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 30% (but not layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay))
Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 1.9 px.
Let’s go Filter – distortion – Zigzag(Filter> Distort> ZigZag).
Let’s go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial). Install Method(Method) blur Linear(Zoom).
The next layer we will work with is the ‘Ghost 2’ layer. Please turn off the visibility of the first layer. To create a spooky effect, we’ll add several layer styles, such as External glow (Outer Glow).
Next, we apply the filters, one of which we have already applied to the previous first layer. So let’s go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur filter).
Next, we add the effect. Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur).
A very important point: move the ‘Ghost 2’ layer to the left to create a motion effect. And also reduce Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 55%
It’s time to add layer styles to the last layer, called ‘Ghost 1’. Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 50%, and then add a layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay) using off-white shade # f8f8f8.
To create a creepy, ghostlike effect, we again use two filters: Motion blur (Motion blur) and Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur).
To completely distort the text and make it completely unreadable, we use a filter Twisting (Twirl), which you can find among the category filters Distortion (Distort).
A very important point – move the layer ’Ghost 1’ to the top.
Download the Ghosts brush, because we will need them for the next step. Unzip and then install them in Photoshop.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Ghost Silhouette’. With the Ghost brush, the brush color is white; add a ghost to our scene. I used the “ghost8 brush” brush, but you can choose any ghost silhouette as you like.
Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer with a silhouette of a ghost to about 40%. Duplicate the ghost silhouette layer, resize, and further reduce the layer opacity, as shown in the screenshot below.
You can use the tool Deformation (Warp Tool) to warp both ghosts.
Create a new layer or several layers and add light highlights using a white brush. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Play around with the opacity of the layer. And also apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the light effects.
As final touches, we will add two adjustment layers: Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Gradient map (Gradient Map). For adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map), set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). So, we created a text resembling the effect of ghosts in Photoshop using layer styles and filters.