Halloween Photoshop & Illustrator tutorials: 21 step-by-step guides to creating spook-tacular artworks

Whether you want to create a truly horrifying artwork or silly, slimy type, here are 21 spooky Halloween Illustrator or Photoshop tutorials from leading illustrators and designers.


Halloween is upon us, like a horror film's relentless killer after a teenager who's just dabbled in sex or drugs for the first time – so you're no doubt looking to tap your talents to produce artwork and designed in the unholy spirit of the season.

Here 20 of our favourite professional death-signers, ill-ooooh-strators and phantomographers (you can stop now, Ed) have created Halloween-themed tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator that detail effects that'll help turn your most disturbing ideas into truly nightmarish visions, or just get into the devilish spirit of the season.

We'll kick off with the Photoshop tutorials, with Illustrator guides afterwards. Click on the titles to get to the tutorials.

Photoshop tutorial: Create punk poster art

Dan Mumford reveals how he created this lycanthropic poster for punk band Gallows.

Photoshop tutorial: Create a stylish modern cyborg

Fabio Sasso shows you some techniques for creating a cyborg from photographic sources in Photoshop, tapping into the movie heritage of the cyborg, but mixing it with the glossy ‘Bleach-Bypass’ look of modern sci-fi TV shows such as V and Battlestar Galactica.

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Photoshop tutorial: Creepy chimeras

Chimeras – a mix-and-match approach to animal part favoured by Greeks for many mythical monsters – are great for Halloween. Here Fabio Sasso puts a new spin on Alice's Cheshire Cat.


Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Skulls and owls

Joshua Smith, aka maverick illustrator Hydro74, has a style that’s instantly recognisable – combining the thick, clean lines of graffiti with the iconography of tattoos and the symmetry and patterns of vector art.

Here he takes you through how he created a work based around his regular motifs of skulls and swirls mixed with that illustration icon, the owl.

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