Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fantastically Spooky Photoshop Tutorials for Halloween

It was Thanksgiving Monday — one of those glorious Canadian autumn days. Temperatures were just cool enough to freshen the air, but not so much that folks wanted to hide indoors. It's what we routinely call sweater weather.

The colourful collage of changing foliage, the sky's pretty azure blue and the brilliant blaze of the sun were the perfect combination to celebrate a day intended for gratitude and counting one's blessings.

Our large family gathering had been held Sunday, so this day found my husband and me with some hours of down time, a few of which we decided to spend in the company of our younger daughter, her husband and their charming two-year-old. Bean, as she has been affectionately named since her in utero days, is our free spirit. Prone to breaking out her dance moves in public places and displaying her version of fashionista in tutus and rubber boots, she is a constant source of amusement.

Monday was no exception as she was only too happy to show off yet another nifty outfit. In this case something brown, woolly, clawed and spiked. A casual comment about Halloween found her happily fetching her new costume for Mama to put on. Within minutes the "scary dinosaur" (her words not mine) made her appearance, and with dimpled grin and giggling snarl she did her best to terrify us.

There are still plenty of days before she gets to take her act on the road, yet signs of the imminent arrival of other dinosaurs, not to mention ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks are all around. These will only increase now that Thanksgiving's behind us.

Halloween really is a visual event. The creepy countenances of carved jack-o-lanterns, wispy tendrils of ghostly apparitions,  creepy skeletons suspended from invisible strings create eerie vignettes on porches as they await the visits of tiny trick-or-treaters.  There are the terrifying masks and assorted costumes depicting everything from pooches to princess, that are displayed in retail outlets.

From decorated homes and storefront windows, to promotional materials and classroom activities, ghostly themes and spooky designs are in the the minds of parents, merchants, teachers and tiny tots.

These are the images that inspire the occasion. And for folks who like to play in Photoshop there are always a variety of fun tutorials out there that will inspire some Halloween magic. Whether it's a graphic element to serve as a starting point, a photo alteration or a creepy background to which you can add text for ads, flyers or posters,  there are many ideas online.

With the holiday being so visual parties are among the activities that are enjoyed so invitations and decorative elements can also be created with a little help from Photoshop. There's absolutely no reason to fear you won't be able to find something to raise the bar on scary.

Here's a one-stop shopping guide to some terrific tutorials to help you dress up your Halloween projects:

Design a Halloween Invitation in Photoshop

Creepy Halloween Tutorials

16 Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

17 Photoshop Tutorials

20 Creepy Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

Design a Halloween Poster in Photoshop
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