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Learn how to create an enchanted Halloween pumpkin in Adobe Photoshop using premade backgrounds and stock images. It is an easy to make Halloween photo manipulation even for Photoshop beginners. All we need are some simple blending techniques, adjustment layers and gradient maps for color tones. I hope you like it!

Create The Creepy Horror Haloween Background

In this pPhotoshop tutorial I will use premade backgrounds and other photoshopped images and blend them together to create a Halloween photo manipulation.

So let’s start with this Creepy Room Premade Background stock image. Call this layerCreepy Room.

creepy room halloween

Create a new layer and call it Open Door. Use the Brush Tool, color black and paint over the door area.

Create a new layer and call it Wood Background. Paste this Forest Premade Background in this layer. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

wood forest background

Create a new layer and call it Haunted Background. Paste this Haunted Background stock image in this layer. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

haunted background

Change the blend mode of the Haunted Background layer to Darken.

cemetery background

Create a new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer with these settings. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and decrease the Saturation to around -50% or more.

Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and decrease the Brightness to around -55% or more.

Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer

Use the Brush Tool color black and a soft round brush to paint inside theBrightness/Contrast layer mask.

layer mask

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer. For the gradient I will use this colors: #18222d / location 0%, #954a18 / location 33% and #b36c19 / location 100%. Make sure that the blend mode of the Gradient Map adjustment layer is set to Color, opacity 100%.

Gradient Map adjustment layer

Use the Brush Tool color black and a soft round brush with different opacity levels, to paint inside the Gradient Map layer mask.

layer mask

Set the Background Color to white and the Foreground Color to black. Create a new layer and call it Smoke. Fill the layer with color black. Go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds. Play this filter multiple times (up to 10-12 times). After you play the filter once you can simply press CTRL+F to apply the same filter more easily. CTRL+F is a shortcut toApply Last Filter.

filter render difference clouds photoshop

Set the blend mode of the Smoke Layer to Soft Light, opacity 53% .

Create a new layer and call it Highlights. Use the Brush Tool and a soft round brush to paint like shown in the preview. Use the color white.

Set the blend mode of the Highlights layer to Overlay.

Add The Scary Halloween Pumpkin

In a new layer add this scary pumpkin photo manipulation image. Call this layer Halloween Pumpkin.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer. For the gradient I will use this colors: #040200 / location 0%, #ff7200 / location 69% and #ffec47 / location 100%. Make sure that the blend mode of the Gradient Map adjustment layer is set to Color, opacity 100%. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Your pumpkin Halloween photo manipulation should now look like this. If you like you can use some of these lightning textures and brushes for Photoshop to add more light effects.

halloween pumpkin photoshop

Crea a new layer and call it Candle Light. Use the Brush Tool and a soft round brush with color white to paint over the candle. Add this layer style to the Candle Light layer to light the candle: Drop Shadow, Outer Glow (color #ff8e51), Inner Glow (color #ff9000)and Color Overlay (color #ffffd4).

Sharpen The Image Using Photoshop High Pass Filter

The last step of the action is to use the Photoshop High Pass Filter to sharpen the image.

high pass filter in photoshop

So here is the final result for the enchanted Halloween pumpkin Photoshop tutorial. I hope you like it.

enchanted halloween pumpkin photoshop tutorial

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