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It’s that time of year. Pumpkins, colorful leaves, black cats — just some of the imagery that make Hallowe’en fun. I feel like creating a festive photo and I couldn’t help but think that some of our latest special effects would lend themselves rather well to this. So let’s take a look:

Start out with your image in Edit mode, and I would recommend making any of the more technical adjustments you feel it needs first.

Let's Begin

Click Special Effect in the Add group.

Now it’s decision making time. Am I going for creepy? Fun? Pretty? Suggestive of imminent doom? Harrowing? It’s really a matter of preference, isn’t it?

The Somber effect seems to be a pretty safe bet for this one.

Somber Effect

With no settings to configure, it’s pretty foolproof. I could refine where the effect is applied by using Pixel Targeting, the Edit Brush, or the Linear or Radial Gradients.

The Gloom effect is another obvious choice. You can refine the colors it picks up via the Color slider, but its effect is fairly subtle most of the time.

Gloom Effect

I could use the Clouds effect to make this image even more foggy.

Clouds Effect

In order to achieve a look like this, you’ll need to turn down the Opacity slider at the top of the window, and play with the Cloud effect sliders until you find your desired balance between effect and realism.

Grunge is another useful one as you can use the Color slider to choose a shade for tinting. Here is the Grunge effect with the Color slider at 0.

Grunge Effect

As I move the slider from 2 to 25 to 50 to 75 (bottom left, counter-clockwise), the tint moves across the spectrum.

Grunge Effects

Then there’s the Photo Effect. Within this effect, you have another 21 filters to play with. After applying the Childhood effect, I then added the Transfer effect, (within the Photo Effect), for this look:

Transfer Effect

I really like this part.

This Part

Avery Effect:

Avery Effect

After some light adjustment in Light EQ, the Instant Effect:

Instant Effect

After goofing around, here’s the Clouds effect with Noir, from the Photo Effect:

Cloud Noir Effect

Lighting/Noir:

Lighting Noir Effect

So, you decide how spooky you want your image to be, but, whatever atmosphere you’re going for, you definitely have options!

Fuzzy Effect

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