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.
Dan Mumford reveals how he created this lycanthropic poster for punk band Gallows.
Learn how to hide your maniac behind shattered glass in this step-by-step guide by Mark Mayers.
Get stuck on repeat with these great Photoshop T-shirt design techniques from Ollie Munden.
Karim Fakhoury explains how to create a creepy, unsettling piece of poster art.
Seamlessly integrate 3D elements in an artwork or design project using Photoshop.
Need some horrible gungy text in a jiffy. Find out how in Tabor Romak's tutorial.
Create a fiery figure from a photographic model shot.
Ollie Munden details how to create a mix of horror and hipster that could be called Funny Bones: the Shoreditch Years.
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.
Discover how Tigz Rice lit, shot and retouched this vampire-based shoot for a darkly sumptuous feel with undead skin tones.
Want to composite elements into your horrific visions without them sticking out like a hacked-off thumb. Terrible Tigz Rice shows you how.
Mix natural and unnatural elements to produce a disturbing but melancholic piece.
Unlock the power of Photoshop's Distort tool to create this enigmatic image.
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.
How Stephen Chan and Andriana Katsiki (AKA Wundercloud) created this unusual artwork.
See your insides revealed with the quick guide to producing X-ray effects.
Bring Mexico's Día de los Muertos to wherever you are.
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.
Hydro74 shows you how to create a killer skull-based artwork using a photo as a starting point in Adobe Illustrator.