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This instructable will show you how to use make your home, or any house, look like a haunted house. I based the aesthetic for the haunted house on popular culture, using a stormy sky, harsh perspective, dark shadows, fog, and desaturated colors to create a haunting image, while trying to maintain the realism from the photograph.

Time: 1 hour

Tools: Adobe Photoshop
 
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Step 1: Summary of Steps

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This tutorial will cover several fairly simple actions in photoshop, using color adjustments and source photos to create the final image. The basic steps that I will cover are:

1. Creating Perspective

2. Creating contrast and darkening the image

3. Adding a stormy sky

4. Adding a light in the attic

5. Creating fog

6. Distressing the exterior of the house

7. Sharpening the final image

Step 2: Creating Perspective

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Most images of haunted houses use a strong sense of perspective to make the house look tall and overbearing. Creating this effect is easy to do in Photoshop.

1. On the top menu go to Edit>Transform>Perspective

2. Slide the top corners towards the center so that the house appears narrower at the top.

3. Crop the image accordingly.

Step 3: Contrast and Brightness

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This is one of the most important steps in the process. 

1. Below the Layers tab, click on the box for "New Fill Layer" and choose "Black and White." This will create a black and white copy of the image in a layer above the original.

2. Select this layer and choose blending mode, "Multiply." This blending mode deletes parts of the image according to their color. For example, a 100% white pixel is deleted completely, and a 100% black pixel is left along. A gray pixel halfway between black and white will be made 50% opaque. This results in a unique effect that dramatically changes the images colors and mood.

3. Adjust the color sliders according to your image and taste.
sarah119761 year ago
Here is the two photos I worked with
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sarah119761 year ago
thank you for the great tutorial I made one of my favourite house in my town into a spooky haunted house http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarah11976/9844501135/
karthickk2 years ago
nice tutorials
solipsism2 years ago
congratulations on the win. the house and the mummy look good together on the winner page.