Hey fellow design enthusiast, here’s a new Photoshop Tutorial on how to create a Halloween Theme Poster, you can also use this as a Halloween party invite, we’ll learn how to create this poster using basic shapes and tool, also as textures and fonts. Resources needed: Mars Attack Font LINK Scartch 19 Texture by leeroi1-stock LINK
Let’s Start by opening Photoshop and create a new document, I choose the A4 format (2480x3508px) with a transparent background. Then create 2 background layers, fill the first one with white, Edit – Fill – White. And the second one with an orange colour, I used #ff931d.
Let’s start creating this Halloween feel to the poster, I’ve created some grass and tombstones, to start create a big rectangle on the bottom half part of the poster using the Rectangle Tool (U).
We’re going to create two different tombstones, for the first one create a perfect circle with Ellipse Tool (U) and and rectangle with the same width than the circle, place the top of the rectangle in the middle of the circle. Merge those two layers.
For the next tombstone, select the Pen Tool (P) and #1e1e1e for the colour; make sure the option in the pen tool bar is set to Shape. Then create a shape like below. When you like the result duplicate this shape, then using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T), Flip Horizontally the duplicated shape. Place it next to the original shape and merge the 2 layers.
Create a cross using, creating two rectangles, merge the 2 rectangles and place the cross in the middle of the tombstone. Make a selection of this new cross shape, Ctrl+left click on the thumbnail preview of the cross in the layer window to make the selection, then select the tombstone layer we just created and press delete, you can hide the cross layer or delete it.
To give a more grungy style to the tombstones, just select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and make a selection on a corner of the first tombstone, then press delete.
To finish this part of the poster, resize and place the tombstones on the top part of the big rectangle we created at the beginning of step 2, then with the Pen Tool (P) create some grass shapes around the tombstones.
Merge all the layers we created in step 2 and 3 then duplicate this merged layer, place it in front of the orange background layer, using the Move Tool (V) move it a little on the right then change its colour to white, applying a Colour Overlay layer style.
We’ll now create a scary smile face using a few simple shapes and tools, let’s start by creating one eye, select the Ellipse Tool (U), create an oval shape, then delete half of this shape using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), then create a small circle selection creating the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and press delete. Use the Free Transform Tool to rotate this eye shape a little.
Duplicate this eye layer, flip horizontally the duplicated layer using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T), move this second eye shape on the right.
Use the Pen Tool (P) to create a triangle shape for the nose.
Then still with the Pen Tool, create the mouth using your creative side.
Merge all the layers we created in step 4, duplicate the merged layer, we’ll us it after. Change the colour of the original layer to white, applying a Colour Overlay layer style.
Reselect the duplicated scary smile layer, and move it up a little using the move tool. Next make a selection of the original scary smile layer, Ctrl+left click on the thumbnail preview of the original scary smile in the layer window to make the selection and create a layer mask, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection.
In this step we’ll create some bats, select the Pen Tool (P) and create the left part of the bat.
Duplicate this shape, flip it horizontally using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) and place it next to the original one. Now you have the body of the bat, create two small ears with the pen tool.
For the eyes and mouth, duplicate the original scary face layer, delete the triangle nose part and resize it to place it on the bat. Merge all the bat layers together, then create a few bats with different sizes, rotate them a little bit.
Duplicate the bat layers, place the new one under the original ones, move the duplicated layers a little on the right like we did for the tombstones and grass, and add a Colour Overlay layer style with white.
Let’s create some dropping liquid on the top of the poster, select the Pen Tool (P), then create some liquid shapes in white.
Repeat the same process but this time with a black colour, when you’re created those black drops place them under the white ones.
Duplicate the black drop, place the duplicated layer under the original one, move the drops a little on the right, then change the colour of the duplicated drops to white applying a Colour Overlay layer style.
In this step we’ll add some text then a nice texture, the links for the font and texture are available in the resources needed section.
For the text I used a font called Mars Attack, it’s the typo from the movie, download the font, the start writing some text, I wrote Halloween Party in white, when you’re done duplicate the text layer, place the new one under the original layer, change the colour of the text to orange, and move it a little on the right. I continued with the same process for the rest of the text.
Next let’s add the texture, download it and import it into the document, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to resize it. Then change its opacity to 75% and the blending mode to Overlay.
Select all the layers we created except the white background layer and place them into a new group, next select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and create a cut out style selection around the poster. When you like the result, create a layer mask on the group with this selection, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection.
That’s it for this tutorial; you can use this design as a poster or an invite for your next Halloween party. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment or show us your creations.