Photoshop Monster Effects

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Photoshop Monster Effects
You don't need real monsters. Make your own in Photoshop. (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

If you need to create scary graphics for an ad, a Halloween website or for your organisation's Halloween newsletter, you may want to create your own rather than relying on tired retreads you can get from the Internet. One way to do this is to use Adobe Photoshop to retouch images of yourself by adding monster effects.

Glowing Eyes

One scary effect you can create in Photoshop is glowing eyes. To do this, you use a brush with a faded edge and make it slightly larger than the eyes. Then select the colour you want for the glowing eyes. Red is a good choice for devils and demons; use yellow for zombies and white for ghosts. When you click on each eye, the colour will be applied with a glow around the eyes. If the size isn't right, you can always undo and try again.


One effects you may want to have on your photo is blood. This might be blood that drips from a cut, your eyes or fangs. To create blood, you can draw out a shape using the pen tool and fill it with red. The bevel and emboss effects can give your blood depth. The liquefy filter can be used to push the blood flow around to make it appear more natural, and use lighting effects (which can be found by clicking "Filter" then "Render") to give it a shiny appearance.


If you want to give the appearance of a vampire or werewolf, you will need to add fangs. You can paint these in Photoshop, but that would be quite a challenge. A simpler and more effective approach is to copy and paste fangs from an animal such as a dog or wolf onto the photo. Then trim them to fit and get the angle right using the move and transform tools.

Cracked Dry Skin

Another spooky effect you can add to your face is cracked dry skin. Achieving this effect requires an up-close photo of elephant or rhino skin. Place the image in a layer on top of the face layer. Erase the portions of the skin image that don't cover the face, and reduce the opacity to 30 to 35 per cent.

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