How to Create a Scary Security Cam Horror Effect

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I’m feeling a little crazy today, don’t know why… but since I am, I made something creazie. This is a tutorial for creating a scary horror effect in Photoshop. You might wanna call it a photo manipulation but I just focused on the effect rather than adding too many pictures or using many effects.

This kind of effect can be useful for creating posters for movies and clubs. You can enhance the graphic by adding extra bits, and I’ll be giving ideas for these extra bits in the article. I didn’t add them to keep the tutorial brief. I’ll try to make a detailed tutorial, it’ll be long but you’ll love it.

Warning: Some viewers may find this tutorial disturbing (scary). 

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Final Result

We Had This

Photoshop Tutorial with Horror Effect

And We Turned it into This!

Security camera photomanipulation

Let’s Begin

First of all Open the initial image of the corridor Desaturate it. Then Go to Image>Adjustment>Brightness/Contrast

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Now add a new layer and fill it with Solid Black Color. Then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and set the layer style to the Soft Light. Opacity = 68%

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Making it Scary

Add a new blank layer again and select Natural Brushes from the Brushes Pop-out Menu, then stroke the brush (you can see in the screenshot) on the floor. Now you have to transform it and adjust it according to the floor. I’m using warp command for this adjustment, Go to Edit>Transform>Warp

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Here I’m warping the Floor Dirt. I just changed the layer opacity to the 66.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

If you know me, you know that my tutorials are never completed without an image of a girl, I don’t even care if she’s a ghost of a cannibal. Here I’m adding and transforming the girl’s image.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

I’m adding some blur so that she could look blurry like a ghostly figure…(spooky!) Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Now we want our girl to be scary, let’s add something scary! I’m adding a fist of a barber which has a hand full of hair.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Security Camera Effect

I opened a new file. I’m making the pattern which we’ll apply on the whole image we are creating in the other file. First select Pencil tool then make a 1px (single pixel) line then that goes edge to edge of canvas. Now strike Ctrl+A for marquee selecting the whole image, then Go to Edit>Define Pattern then save the pattern with the name of your choice.  You can see the whole process in the screenshot below.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

We have applied that pattern all over our image. Now I cut the image from the a stock image and adjust it in the girl’s hand.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

More Scares!

Time to add some spices now, I mean the elements which will make our result look more scary. We can add a lot of things here, such as blood drops, some ghostly shadows and stuff like that… but I like cats, so I’m gonna put a cat. And I whitened the eyes of the cat so it could seem beaming and penetrating.

You must be thinking that I have a terrible choice for scary elements, first I placed a young girl and now a cat… well, I told you I’m feeling crazy.  

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Now I’m adding a realistic CCTV Camera image by adding time stamp and other stamps. Below, I’m showing how I made Recording Mark With the help of Rectangle Tool and Eclipse Tool and then add a text on the image. Using the same method I made all the stamps.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

To add more spooks, I merged all layer into a single layer and then applied Liquify filter.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Just a few strokes and you are done. Now it seems the camera has captured some metaphysical activity.

security camera and horror effect in photoshop tutorial

Final Result

Security camera photomanipulation

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Comments
  1. mea December 24, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I like how the result look like, however the cat and the head which the girl hold looks somewhat out of place, unlike the girl which is blurred out. Anyway, it looks creepy and terrific!

  2. Tutorial Pulse December 25, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I kind of agree.. the cat and head looks a little cut-out.

  3. waseem December 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Guys, you are right!!

    this is not the best result, that’s because the real result got corrupted, and I had to remake this in a hurry, so that’s why you are spotting an imperfection.
    I hope it wouldn’t happen again, and thanks for reminding me that our readers are pros and I cannot commit mistakes.

  4. Grafik tasarim January 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This is wonderful tutorial thank you.

  5. john pooper April 18, 2013 at 7:08 am

    this looks really bad

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