Create a Bat-Faced Moon for Halloween in Photoshop

In this weeeeek’s freeeee Deeeeke’s Techneeeeeks, the annual Halloween shenanigans begin. Of course, to Deke—-lover of all things Halloween—-creating a Photoshop composite in which bats make a smiley face on a creepy moon is referred to as a “timeless” technique. Yes, my darling dekeEnstein Monsters, to Deke this is timeless:

Bats composited against a moon in Photoshop make a Halloween happy face

Hmm, on second thought, the compositing techniques you’ll see during the course of this video are pretty darn timeless (within the scope of the quarter-century Photoshop has been around). You’ll start with this traditional, arguably timeless, but boring moon:

A boring moon for our Halloween Photoshop composite

And add some creepy atmosphere with this grungy background—-via good old-fashioned blend modes and a well-placed vector mask:

Grungy background for a Halloween composite.

Then you’ll take these cute little bats and warp them into a familiar (but in this case, spooky) happy face:

Some adorable bats to add to our Halloween composite

So I guess, the outcome does have some fairly old-school, workhorse techniques going on.

And if you’re more inclined toward Illustrator-based bat-faces, and if you’re a member of lynda.com (or you sign up for a free 10-day-trial), Deke’s got three exclusive movies this week in which he recreates this same bat-face idea with vector-drawn bats and moon. (Which turns out, ironically, to be creepier despite it’s cartoonish nature.)

A bat-faced moon created in Illustrator

Deke’s creepy timeless Techniques, every week (with bonus Halloween episodes)!

 

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