Designing a Smashing Halloween Wallpaper / Poster


We shared a premium resource a couple of days ago, do remember that? Free Halloween Poster – Ticket – Wallpaper PSDs. This is the tutorial to create that graphic.

As ever, difficulty level is not that tough, intermediate and beginners should like it very much.
For practice, you can Download the PSD from other post. It’s free.

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Before we begin the tutorial, here’s a fun fact about Halloween.  According to an Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after an amazing guy who tricked the devil (yes, the devil) several times.

For that he was forbidden to enter hell or (even) heaven. He was cursed to wander the Earth waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.

 Final Result

To download the PSD files, click here.

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First of all place the background and create another empty layer over it. Then fill this new layer with the color defined below in the screenshot. The last this is to convert the layer style to OVERLAY.


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This is the result.

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Blood Splatter

Using the brush tools (link is given above), make a few strokes.

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Your brush strokes should look something like this. Then convert the layer style to Overlay and set the Opacity to 85%.

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Hey Pumpkin

I opened the pumpkin image, cut the background and copied the pumpkin in our graphic.

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Read this step closely: usingMagic Wand Tool, click anywhere in the empty area of the pumpkin layer. Then hit CTRL + Shift + I, now you should have the pumpkin selected. Hold down Alt key and click in the both eyes of our pumpkin so the eyes get deselected.
Now create a new blank layer, and fill the selection with solid white color. Now change the layer style to the overlay.

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Once again, select the pumpkin, but this time, we don’t have to deselct the eyes. Then create a new layer, fill it with grey color. Go to >Filter>Blur>GaussianBlur, use the values 37.4  place that layer under the pumpkin layer, then change the layer style to the linear Burn.

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Here select the Brush Tool make strokes on the new layer place it above pumpkin layer, then change the layer style to the overlay.

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It’s All in the Hands

Open the hands image and remove the background, then go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

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Place one hand carefully at the selected place. Then duplicate the hand layer by hitting CTRL+J. Now flip the duplicated layer horizontally by Edit>Transform>FlipHorizontal.

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Not a Gentleman’s Hat

Grab the hat, place it here.

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These are the layer styles for our Hat. Follow the values from the images below.

Drop Shadow

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Color Overlay

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Six Cornered Star

I just created a triangle using Custom Shapes Tool. Then I duplicated the triangle and flipped it vertically. After that, I just added a round circle to finish the deal. Once the star is complete, change the layer style to Overlay.

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This is the place where you type whatever you want. You can use any font from Horror Effect Fonts.

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Now give the the text a little drop shadow and change the layer style to Overlay. (I love overlay 🙂 )

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Final Result

That wasn’t too difficult, was it?

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  1. Venkatx5 October 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nice Tutor. Good to learn.

  2. Su Hall October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I tried this one and I like it! It was fairly easy and straight forward. I tweaked some things a little the way I liked them, but, otherwise, I followed pretty much what you had written. I liked the poster as you did it and saw no reason to change much.

    I had fun with this! Thank you!


  3. Grigori Martirosyan November 24, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Good job.

  4. David March 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

    bad job
    why did you put in Magen DAvid?

    1. Tayyab March 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

      O come on David, a hexagram is a common shape used in Halloween designs. It is only a hexagram, not made to represent Shield of David.

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