Halloween E-card – Photoshop Tutorial

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Since Halloween is coming faster than we might realize  we wanted to share with you a way to design your own e-card and send it to your friends. This is why we created a tutorial of a Halloween E-Card that is pretty simple to follow and offers you great results.

Here is the final E-card that we are going to create in this tutorial:

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Open Photoshop, and create a new document, make it 1000 px width and 700 px height.

The first step I have made, is to cut-off one castle picture that I am going to use.

I have chosen this photo of a castle:

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Cut the background using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), like in the next picture:

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Then apply some effects to make it look older, play around with the Color Balance:

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Then look for a picture , or wallpaper that we are going to use for the main background of our E-card. I have chosen a mountain landscape wallpaper like this one:

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Using the the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), cut off the clouds above , because we will add more mountains in the back of the landscape.

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Search for another mountain landscape, to make it more variously.

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Drag the mountains behind the first landscape:

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Play around with the Color Balance and change the color into the one you wish.

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Then drag the castle into the main background, and place it in the position you want. Also cut off the clouds of the second landscape, we are going to use a darker background there.

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Again change the color of the entire picture, using the Color Balance panel.

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Add some nice “blur” effect on the river, using the brush tool. Give the layer you create an “overlay” effect to make the blur blend into the image.

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Next make a contour around the edges of the castle, and fill the with red, or any color that you like and will look good.

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Give the layer with the red edges an “Overlay” effect.

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In the next step I have add some blur around the entire picture to give it a little more “fantasy effect”.

You can do that by using a brush tool at a very low opacity.

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Like I said we are going to use a dark background behind the mountains. I have used the one in the picture below.

DarkSky

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Then we are going to add a “Gradient Fill” to the entire image. To make it all dark, and keep the light focus only the castle.

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Find a moon picture and place it on the background.

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Add more “Gradient Fill” to make it even darker.

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The we want to lighten up the castle using the moon light. Draw some lines, and give them a blur effect.

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Also give the layer oh the lights an overlay effect, or some other effects that will look good on them.

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Next we will add a “witch” to our card. Find a picture with a girl like the one below.

I got this one from  http://hiddenyume-stock.deviantart.com/art/Gothic-Witch-7-102179970

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Cut off the background of the picture.

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Draw a black shape around the face and hands, because we want to make her skin look a little older.

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I am using a nice texture to do that effect. Got the texture from

http://www.graphicmania.net/free-amazing-texture-art/

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Cut off the texture around the face, and hands shapes.

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Give the layer with the texture an “Color burn” effect to blend over her skin.

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Then drag the witch picture into our image. Using the color balance panel you can change her color to match our image.

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Copy the layer with the witch and duplicate it. Add to the one on the background a Motion blur effect, and cut off the part in the front of the witch. This way we are going to give a motion effect on the witch, like she was “flying”.

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Next we will add the text to our e-card, find a nice old paper texture and use it as background for the text.

I have use this photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/bittbox/2691973960/

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You can also add a nice icon, or Halloween vector , to make it nicer.

I have used one of the vectors from here: http://csscreme.com/freeiconspack/halloween

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Use a nice font and compose the text of your E-card.

I have used Black Chancery font from http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Black_Chancery.htm

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In the end to make the e-card look vintage, add another old paper texture over the entire image and give it an “Overlay” effect.

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And this is the final result.

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