I had some fun with a shot of an old run down house and created a little bit of a haunted house look using Photoshop Elements 5.o.
Now that I’m looking at this I think maybe a few more orbs floating about would be good and maybe a little more motion blur on one or two of them would be great too. I may have to go back and get a better shot of that old house and try this again.
Here’s what I did with this photo; keep in mind that your image will end up a little differently based on how it started out and what program you are using. I hope I have remember all the steps I took. If anyone has fun creating a haunted image of their own please share it in the comments; I’d love to see it.
1) open your image; be sure to work from a copy so as not to mess up a good photo.
2) create some distortions; I used the rectangle marquee tool to outline the window and the lasso tool to outline the walls and roof line. Play with different areas and see what you can come up with. Once the area is outlined click on image -> transform -> perspective and grab the corners to distort that shape.
3) make a few adjustments; create an adjustment layer (it’s the little black and white circle over in the layers) choose hue/saturation and de-saturate the image (-100) then increase the lightness (around +50) and click ok. Change the blending mode of this layer to multiply and set the opacity around 50%.
4) another adjustment: create another adjustment layer this time choose levels and adjust those sliders to your liking. Change the blending mode of this layer to dissolve and set the opacity around 90%.
5) add some fog; add a new layer and use a soft paintbrush to paint in some white splotches then click on filter -> blur -> gaussian blur and choose a radius of around 200. Change the blending mode of this layer to screen and set the opacity around 80%.
6) adjust contrast: merge all your existing layers into one then duplicate that to a new layer. Click enhance -> convert to black and white and increase the contrast. Set the opacity to around 30% and change the blending mode to exclusion.
7) create an orb; add a new layer and use a soft paintbrush to paint in a yellow dot add a slight motion blur to it (filter -> blur -> motion) and change the blending mode to overlay. Oncee again merge the layers.
8) add more fog; use the elliptical tool to select a large oval in the center of your image and select inverse. Copy this “frame” to a new layer and adjust the levels to your liking. Add a gaussian blur with a radius of around 150 change the blending mode to exclusion and set the opacity around 75%.
9) merge layers and save!