Create a Haunted House Scene with Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a haunted house scene with Photoshop.

You’ll learn how to combine different images together, add moonlight and create a dark and haunting atmosphere.


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Create a Haunted House Scene with Photoshop

Tutorial Details

  • Program : Photoshop CS3+
  • Estimated Completion Time : 90 minutes
  • Difficulty : Intermediate

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Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the following settings:

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Step 2

Open the sky image. Drag it into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V) :

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Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 4px to soften the sky a bit:

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Step 3

Use an adjustment layer and set it as Clipping Mask to change the sky color a little. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation :

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Step 4

Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken the sky:

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Step 5

Cut out the moon from the original image and place it onto the top middle of the sky:

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Apply a Gaussian Blur of 4px to the moon:

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Step 6

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to change the moon color:

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Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the moon as it looks too dark now:

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Step 7

To add a glowing effect to the moon, double click the moon layer, choose Outer Glow and Inner Glow :

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Step 9

Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to change the house color:

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