Create a Creepy Halloween Text Effect in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to use a couple of Photoshop’s layer styles, along with some textures and blend modes, to create a spooky Halloween text effect.


Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Create a Creepy Halloween Text Effect

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner

Resources


Step 1

Create a new 850 x 600px document, and duplicate the Background layer.

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Step 2

Double click the Background copy layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect using the following setting:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Style: Radial
  • Scale: 130%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #1a1c49 to the left and #1f1115 to the right.
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This will create the background gradient fill.

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Step 3

Place the Texture 83 image on top of the Background copy layer, resize it as needed, then rename its layer to Texture 1, and change its Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

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Step 4

Place the Seamless_Monster_Flesh_0001 image on top of the Texture 1 layer, resize it as needed, rename its layer to Texture 2, and change its layer’s Blend Mode to Color Dodge as well.

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Step 5

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels.

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