I used Pixlr for the editing. It's a great program. and my goal was to use every tool but i didn't make it quite that far....maybe next time.
Please leave your constructive criticism and advise as I look at this as a great learning experience.
I hope you enjoy my house on Halloween.
And PLEASE vote for me in the Halloween Photo Edit Contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step 1: Night Sky and Moon
First I opened the MOON pic and copied it to my main canvas. Then I selected the black color w/ the COLORPICKER and painted the rest of the canvas with the BUCKET TOOL.
I hope the full moon brings out a few werewolves!
Step 2: CLEANING UP THE HOUSE
Cleaning Up the House
First I cleaned up the house by removing the street light, the garage light and my car from the driveway using the CLONE STAMP TOOL.
Since I have a new sky it is time to get rid of the old one.
I highlighted the sky using the WAND TOOL and then inverted the selection. Then I selected the ERASER TOOL and took out the sky along with the trees in the background.
Who Turned Out the Lights?
Because I took the picture in the day time, I made the image darker by selecting the BUCKET TOOL changing the TOLERANCE to high and the OPACITY to 10% and kept adding until I was happy with the shade.
Bring On the Night
Finally I selected the house with the WAND TOOL again and moved the image to the main background with the moon.
Step 3: How much for that Mummy in the window?
I opened a new image with the mummy pic. Then I copied an image of the window from the house and layered it over the image with the mummy and cleaned up the edges.
Using the COLORPICKER I selected the black around the mummy and covered up the lines. I then used the CLONE TOOL again to cover the bars on his hand.
Then for a little extra touch I highlighted his eyes with a little red before transferring the window back onto the house.
Mummy is home!
Step 4: What makes the grass grow?
I decided that the driveway needed to go. Using the CLONING TOOL again, I highlighted a section of the lawn and began to cover up the driveway.
It was very simple and very fast.
Step 5: Tombstones
Using the WAND TOOL I selected my favorite ones and placed them around the yard.
Then I used the BUCKET TOOL selected a low OPACITY and TOLERANCE to darken each of the stones in the background.
And just so they didn't seem as flat, I used the brush tool and went around the bottoms of the tombstones to make it appear as if the grass was growing in front of them.
I wonder if anything lurks here after dark?
Step 6: Garage Monster
I found this image which brought back a collection of scary monsters from my childhood.
After blacking out the garage, I shrunk the image until it fit nicely in the little area.
I hope he doesn't eat the mower! On second thought I wouldn't have to mow the lawn tomorrow....
Step 7: Hanging out in the Graveyard
I opened new images with each skeleton. Using the WAND TOOL I tried to select the most details as possible.
After isolating each image I wanted to add that something extra. I selected FILTER TAB and then NIGHT VISION. I dropped the NOISE to 0 and set the GAIN to max. This gave them a creepy green glow.
After everyone was on the page, I started to move them around and change the order of the skeleton pics with the tombstone pics until I got the layering just how I wanted it.
Step 8: Who smugged the windows!?!
First I opened the hand image and flipped it creating one left hand and one right. Then using the WAND TOOL I selected them and removed the background.
After that I copied them to the main photo and shrunk them down to fit.
Step 9: Black Cat
After searching for a black cat image I opened it and started to clean it up the best I could. Then I moved in on over to the main image.
I thought he would be safe on top of the tombstone so the dog doesn't get him.