Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Creepy Halloween Effects

Well, it's the first of October — the month that makes us think of pumpkins, and here in Canada, turkey.  It's a gorgeous time of year with trees creating a dazzling palette of crimson, gold and copper. 

At the start of this month the world around us is a burst of colour, a cheerful time when sunlight sparkles through morning mist, then kisses the dew on grass and leaves. We are freshened by the new pleasant crispness in the air, then take quiet respite indoors as sombre evening falls.

But, by month's end, it's kind of a darker place. Trees, now bereft of dense foliage are stark and barren.  More hours are filled with night-time shadows and stillness.  It's really the perfect time for the creepiest of holidays — Halloween — exuberant fun in a world lit by mist clouded streetlights and sneering jack-o-lanterns,  before winter's cold and frigid landscape falls.

So, in preparation, I thought it might be fun to get ourselves into the spirit of the season with some tutorials to help you create eerie effects using image editing software:

tutsplus 40 Spine-Chilling Photoshop Effects

Tutorials Share 40 Halloween Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorials

Illustrator Tutorial for Spider Webs

CorelDRAW Create a Haunted House Collage in Paintshop Pro

psd.fanextra.com Manipulate an Eerie Grim Reaper in Photoshop

Tech Gorilla 30 Terrifying Photoshop Horror Effects

psd-dude.com Dark Horror Photoshop Tutorial

Tripwire Magazine 40+ Halloween Photoshop Tutorials
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