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17 Photoshop Tutorials for Halloween


In October, many of our readers are beginning to think about Halloween, a mostly-American holiday where people like to dress up in scary costumes, carve pumpkins, and of course, eat candy. As artists or designers, you might be thinking about how to create some Halloween-themed artwork of your own. In this article, we will round up some of our favorite tutorials that include things like skulls, monsters, zombies, haunted houses, horror, witches, and text effects to help inspire you for your next Halloween project.

Create a Rusty and Worn Metallic Textured Skull Using 3D Renders

Photoshop is a fantastic tool to help 3D artists save time and improve the look of their renders. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to combine ZBrush materials and lighting render passes to create a stunning metallic textured skull.

Create a Diablo III Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop

If you're a big fan of playing video games, then you are probably aware of the release of Diablo III. The Diablo franchise has been a popular video game title for over a decade. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a Diablo-inspired text effect in Photoshop.

Create a "Two-Faced" Digital Painting in Photoshop

Creating a nice character painting in Photoshop can be a difficult but rewarding task. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a classic Batman villain in Photoshop.

Create a Horror Movie-Themed Photo Composition in Photoshop

Choosing the right photos for a horror-themed illustration is an important step in the process, but it is also important to blend those photos together in a realistic and believable way. In this tutorial we will show you how to do this using the appropriate light balance, use of midtones, depth of field, blending, and more.

Create a Cute Zombie Illustration in Photoshop

Zombies have been a staple of science fiction and horror films for decades. Recently, the T.V. show "The Walking Dead" renewed the public's interest in these gruesome creatures. While "The Walking Dead's" interpretation of zombies is quite scary and horrific, in this tutorial, Liran Szeiman will show you how to create a cute zombie illustration that might be more appropriate for less mature audiences. This tutorial also includes a speed painting video that demonstrates the entire process.

Create a Ghostly Demonic Being in Photoshop

Custom Brushes in Photoshop are very powerful tools for creating images and effects. In this tutorial, Neville D'souza will show you how to use custom brushes and Transformation tools to create a ghostly and demonic-looking being in Photoshop.

Create a Sinister Haunted House in Photoshop

Halloween is almost upon us; it will soon be time to dress up, go trick-or-treating and put a jack-o'-lantern in your window. With that in mind, this tutorial will focus on blending several stock images to create a sinister haunted house. This tutorial by Mark Mayers is all about setting the mood of the scene and to give the viewer a sense of foreboding and trepidation without the use of spirits, ghouls or any other cliche tricks.

Create Action-Packed Zombie Apocalypse Concept Art in Photoshop

One of the most effective ways to improve your concept art is to introduce motion into the scene. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create concept art for a zombie-themed video game. This piece will portray a couple of police officers fending off a hoard of zombies in the pouring rain. This tutorial also includes a stunning speed painting video, so make sure to watch it before you begin.

Create a Spooky Halloween Illustration in Photoshop

Around the holidays, you may be asked to create artwork around a particular theme. In this tutorial, Liran Szeiman will get into the Halloween spirit and explain how to create a spooky Halloween illustration.

Create a "Scary" Text Effect in Photoshop

In this quick tip tutorial, we will show you how to create a "scary" text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.

Create a Cute and Scary Children's Illustration in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a cute and scary children's illustration in Photoshop.

Create an Evil Queen in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves using digital painting techniques in Photoshop.

The Making of "Everything Dies"

Everything dies. It's the one thing that we all know for certain about life. We may not know how or when, but eventually it will happen to all of us. This tutorial by Liran Szeiman is an interpretation of the song "Everything Dies" by Type O Negative and will explain how to create a dark and emotional digital painting in Photoshop.

Create a Cute and Dark Fantasy Illustration in Photoshop

While thinking up a strong concept is often one of the biggest challenges that a designer will face during the creative process, executing that concept can be equally, if not more challenging. In this tutorial, Liran Szeiman will explain how to create a cute, but dark, fantasy illustration in Photoshop using digital painting techniques.

Quick Tip: Create a Bloody Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer Styles

In this quick tip tutorial we will show you how to create a bloody text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.

Create Biologically Viable Alien Concept Art in Photoshop

Designing a plausible alien life form represents a challenge for concept artists. The monstrous creatures used blockbuster movies and video games can be relatively easily created, as they don't need to be functional within a real world context. To design a creature that not only meets with a clients' requirements, but is also potentially biologically viable requires a careful balance between plausibility and visual impact, a balance aided by careful research into the way real animals look and behave. In this tutorial, Alex Ries will explain how to illustrate an alien life form that could potentially exist in real life.

Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will explain how to draw a cartoon monster character in Photoshop.

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