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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Glowing, Halloween, Jack o’ Lantern

September 5, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform
and ordinary pumpkin into a glowing, Halloween, jack-o’-lantern. I provided this image of a pumpkin so
you can follow along Its link is located in the video
description or project files. Double-click on the thumbnail of the layer and name it, “Base”. We need to make the photo look like it was shot in the evening or at night,
so we’ll use Adjustment Layers. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon.
For this photo, go to Levels and make the
Input Midtone Level point 69 and the white Output Level 105. Since evening and night shots tend to have a
blue color cast, you could use Photo Filter,
but for this example, I’ll choose Color Balance because it
allows me to finesse the colors. in Midtones, change the Cyan-Red to minus 28 and Magenta-Green to minus 8.
Open “Shadows”. Make the Cyan-Red, minus 12 and the Yellow-Bllue, 8. To bring out more
of the orange color in the pumpkins, open your Adjustment Layer list and choose
“Selective Color”. In “Reds”, make the Cyan minus 56% and the Magenta
and Yellow +100. As I toggle back and forth, you can see the difference. To save space, let’s group of these layers into a folder.
With the top layer active, Shift-click on the thumbnail of
the bottom layer to highlight all the layers.
Press Ctrl + G on a PC or Cmd + G on a Mac.
We’ll name the folder “Base”. Click on a new layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll start making
the shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin.
Open your Lasso Tool and draw a shape for the left eye. We’ll fill it with black and since black
is the foreground color, press Alt + Delete on a PC or Opt + Delete on a Mac.
Click on the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection
next to the active layer. Double-click on the thumbnail of the layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. tight then F A 8 0 0 1. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Click “Inner Shadow” and the color box.
Type in A 7 0 1 0 D. Change the Blend Mode to “Normal” and make the Opacity, 100%.
Uncheck “Global Light” and make the Angle, minus 128 degrees. Keep the Distance, 5 pixels
and make the Size, 27 pixels. Click “Outer Glow” and the color box. Type in the same color
as you used just before and change the Blend Mode
to “Linear Dodge”. Make the Opacity, 50%
and the Size 29 pixels. Click “Drop Shadow” and the color box. Pick the same color
and change the Blend Mode to “Normal”. Make the Opacity, 50%,
uncheck “Global Light” and make the Angle, minus 45 degrees. Make the Distance, 3 pixels
and the Size, 7 pixels. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll show the
illumination of the light inside the left eye. Make a new layer. Go to the Layer Mask and press and hold Alt or Opt as you drag a copy of it next
to the empty layer. Click on the empty layer to make it
active and draw a shape that’s similar to the contours of the left eye. Leave a little space on the right side
and a much larger space on the left side. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather the selection 1 pixel. Click on the foreground color and type in F E F 1 3 1. Fill it with the foreground color
and delete the selection. Next, we’ll add some texture to the pulp. Make a new layer and drag a copy of the layer mask next to it.
Make the empty layer active and open your Brush Tool. Make the Size, 45 pixels. and the Hardness, 0%.
Change the Blend Mode to “Dissolve” and the Opacity is a 100%. Brush across the inside edge of the pulp. To brush over the thin part of the pulp,
reduce your brush size by pressing the left bracket key. Now, brush over the inside edge
of the thin pulp. We need to blur the texture
and reduce its opacity. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel
and reduce its opacity to 50%. Next, we’ll make the right eye, but first, let’s place all the layers that comprise
the left eye into a folder. We’ll name it, “Left Eye”. Make a new layer and draw the shape of the right eye.
Make a Layer Mask of the selection. Make the foreground and background colors
default to black and white respectively. To do this,
click the small, double-box icon or press the letter “D”
on your keyboard. Fill it with the foreground color
and delete the selection. Open the folder of the left eye, go to “Effects” and press and hold Alt or Opt as you drag a copy of it
to the right eye. Now, both eyes have the same layer styles.
Since the right eye has a slightly different perspective than the left eye, we need to make a
minor adjustment in the drop shadow.
Double-click on Drop Shadow and change its Angle to minus 137. Next, we’ll add the illumination of light
inside the eye. Close the folder and make a new layer. Drag a copy of the layer mask next to
the empty layer. Make the empty layer active
and draw a shape similar to the contours of the right eye. Leave a wide space on the right side. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. As before, feather it 1 pixel. Open your eyedropper Tool by pressing “i” on your keyboard. Click down on the yellow to pick up its color. Then, fill the
selection with the color and delete the selection. Next, we’ll add
the texture to the pulp. Make a new layer and drag the layer mask next to the empty layer.
Make the empty layer active and press “B” to open your Brush Tool. To make the brush larger,
press the left bracket key. Now, brush over the inside edge of the pulp. Reduce its opacity to 50% and press Ctrl or Cmd + F
to repeat the last filter which was Gaussian Blur.
Group the layers of the right eye into a folder. Name it, Right Eye”. Make a new layer and press “L” to open your Lasso Tool. Draw the shape of the nose. Press “D” to make the colors default to
black and white and fill the selection with black. Make a layer mask of the selection
next to the nose. Open the folder of the right eye
and drag a copy of its Effects to the nose. Close the folder and make a new layer. As before, drag the layer mask next to
the empty layer. Make the empty layer active
and draw a similar shape of the nose keeping the space for the pulp not quite
as wide as we did for the eyes. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 1 pixel.
Open your Eyedropper Tool, pick up the yellow color,
fill the selection and delete it. Make a new layer and drag a copy of the layer mask next to it. Make the empty layer active and open your Brush Tool.
Brush over the inside edge of the pulp, reduce its opacity to 50% and blur it.
Group the nose layers into a folder and name it, “Nose”. Make a new layer and open you’re Lasso Tool.
Draw the mouth and make the foreground color, black. Fill the selection and make a layer mask. Open the nose folder
and drag a copy of the Effects to the mouth. Close the folder and make a new layer. As before, drag a copy of the layer mask
next to the empty layer and make the empty layer active.
Draw the shape of the mouth leaving space at the bottom and sides. Press and hold Alt or Opt
as you draw a shape for the side of the top, left tooth. Repeat this for the side of the top, right tooth. Feather the selection. Open your Eyedropper Tool,
pick up the color, fill the selection and delete it. Repeat the same procedures as you did
earlier to add texture to the pulp. Group the mouth layers into a folder and name it, “Mouth”. Next, we’ll make the illumination inside
the pumpkin spill out onto the grass in front of the pumpkin. Open the “Base” folder and make the Base image active.
Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J.
Drag it above the mouth folder and make a layer mask
next to the pumpkin. Invert it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Make the Brush size, 150 pixels and change the Blend Mode to “Normal”. Brush across the grass
in front of the pumpkin. This reveals the daytime photo
through the layer mask. Since the illumination has a warm glow to it, double-click on the pumpkin thumbnail to
open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Type in F F F C D 0. Change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn”.
You can see the difference as I toggle back and forth Have fun making your own custom,
jack-o’-lantern! This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!

68 Comments

  • Reply Sam Mloome October 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    1st

  • Reply مستريح ديزاين October 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    so beautiful

  • Reply lol whittingham October 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    GREAT MATE !

  • Reply bxdro October 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Yet another awesome tutorial,Thank you Marty !!

  • Reply Dan Elia October 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    As Always He is Mr. Wizzard…I can sit and practice his tutorials all day!! Never met anyone like him !!
    Thank you
    Marty

  • Reply activeeq October 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Fantastic, THANK YOU!

  • Reply Ed Blazejewski October 3, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Great tutorial, and timely too. I don't know how you come up with this, so creative. Keep 'em coming… Thank you Marty…..

  • Reply Jumbo D October 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Thanks … I really like your stuff … !

  • Reply Keates1974 October 3, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Marty I have seen several tutorials on how to create these, but yours is by far the best. Most that I have seen simply don't look that real as the carvings are all too straight and don't have that carved look, I also like the fact that you have introduced some texture into the pulp of the pumpkin.

    Another great tutorial!

    Can I ask – would you be able to do something with fireworks soon?

    Matt

  • Reply Andrew Thomas 73 October 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Simply awesome learning so much with your clear precise instructions, agree fireworks would be cool as nov 5th looming

  • Reply Ashino Natsume October 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Wonderful!!!! Thanks Tutorials :3

  • Reply Martin O'Neill October 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Great tutorial as usual, however, you forgot to say to make a layer mask on the right eye at about 06:35 – Not complaining, just saying you might want to make an annotation because you said to delete the selection instead of make a layer mask.

    Love your work, have done almost all of them and have found a real talent in myself for coming up with new ideas now. Thanks, Marty.

  • Reply GTAsaGuide Ita October 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    For Christmas will you do a tutorial?

  • Reply YBXtreminal October 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    are you using a tablet for the drawing?

  • Reply GTAsaGuide Ita October 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    No, He use Camtasia Studio 7.

  • Reply WelderDan October 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I love watching your videos, but are you aware that some of them (like this one) won't play on an iPad?

  • Reply YBXtreminal October 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I mean to graphic tablet like Wacom, not the software he that used for capture the screen…

  • Reply patsy sebera October 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you thank you for explaining this I was so confused about when he put the right eye layer mask on. I did it over and over but since you explained it worked perfectly. Thanks again.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    YBXtreminal…I use a Wacom Intuous 2 tablet and Camtasia Studio 8.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Upgraded to Camtasia Studio 8.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    londodesign…Sorry, but my YouTube tutorials will only play on "monetized" platforms:
    * Desktops
    * YouTube app on Android and iOS
    * YouTube app on TVs including Xbox, Google TV, PlayStation 3, and Chromecast
    * m.youtube.com accessed from most smartphones

  • Reply bswade007 October 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Another great one Marty!

  • Reply YBXtreminal October 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Ahh 🙂 TNX Marty.

  • Reply Urban Deployment October 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Very Nice. i'm going over to Lucky's supermarket right now and take some photos. They have a pumpkin display outside on hay bales.

  • Reply Nadir Derdeche October 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Pas Mal

  • Reply Warren Acuña October 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Awesome

  • Reply Fairyninang October 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hi! Can this be applied in adobe 7?

  • Reply JockerLordz October 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    nice

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Fairyninang…Haven't worked on Elements, but probably.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Sareoun Jamesblun…Use Adjustment Layers to do this. Experiment with Hue / Saturation, Color Balance, Color Lookup.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Martin O'Neill…Thanks for the "heads up"!

  • Reply Susy Maes October 5, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Thank you Marty, again as english is not my language I succeeded in making your lesson….I also had a hick up with the right eye layer mask 😉 but as I practically make all your tutorials and learned a lot by doing so I found it on my own.
    I can not thank you enough for the very clear explanations and your very nice voice explaining it !!
    From Belgium many thank's !!!

  • Reply Dawid Hyzy October 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    It's really good to watch ur videos.
    I wish you lots of ideas 😉

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Susy Maes…Regarding the right eye layer mask, I added an annotation that corrected an omission. You need to turn on your YouTube annotations. Also, my recent tutorials have the correct captions for language translation! If the tutorial has a "CC" icon next to it, it means it can be translated correctly into most languages. Simply click on the "CC" icon at the bottom of the video and then click your language for its translation!

  • Reply Roberto Braicovick October 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Grazie davvero bellissimo!

  • Reply Daniel Ashford October 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Fantastic tutorial. I really like the amount of detail you put into the pulp. I believe at the 8:13 mark you are meaning to say to make your brush larger instead of smaller, but hopefully everyone can figure that out.

  • Reply Daniel Ashford October 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    err, I meant I think you meant to say to press the right bracket key instead of left bracket key…sorry about the confusion of my post

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Snipersghillie…thanks. I must have been really tired! 😛

  • Reply sticky man October 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hi marty,
    these tutorials are great and I am working my way through them and then passing it on. I am stuck at creating the warm light on the grass at the end: I can see the grass getting lighter in the thumbnail but not on the main image. Though it does get darker if I don't invert the image: any ideas what I've misunderstood?
    Thanks for the really clear and concise delivery and no music!

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    stick man…Make a copy of the daytime pumpkin image and drag it to the top. Make a layer mask next to it. Invert the layer mask. Make sure the layer mask is active; not the daytime pumpkin next to it. Now, when you paint over your nighttime image, you should see the daytime image because you're revealing the daytime image under the layer mask.

  • Reply sticky man October 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks Marty: Sorted; I had black selected as my foreground colour instead of white.

  • Reply A. Groot October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Dear Marty, thank you so much for your tutorial!

  • Reply Charlie Clumsy October 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    You got one of the coolest voice I've heard.

  • Reply Steve Rymal October 24, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Again a fun tutorial. One question, why when you make the selection of the eyes or mouth and use the eyedropper to fill in the yellow, why does the yellow only go inside the pumpkin where we want it and not throughout the entire selection? The selection goes on the outside but the yellow stops inside the pulp. Thanks, again for a good tutorial.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Because the layer mask hides the yellow color that goes beyond its shape

  • Reply 40thArmorTanker October 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I only have Gimp to work with. Do you know where I can find Selective Color in Gimp?

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Sorry, don't know Gimp.

  • Reply Денис Иванов November 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Молодец!!! Классные уроки делаешь, я хоть и не всё понимаю, что ты там говоришь, но всё понятно. 

  • Reply James Marshall February 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Achtung February 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks to this splendid tutorial m8. Subscribed! 

  • Reply Yeager February 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    00:10 Hi this is Marty xD

  • Reply Maria Markogiannaki June 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I just LOVE the way you explain every one of  your moves! Very enlightening! Thank you! Greetings from Greece

  • Reply Mind & Body Coding Systems® October 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks Marty for many great videos. Love this one and adapted it with another one of your great tutorials. Link below. 

    https://plus.google.com/101178147372382757423/posts/c5pmkoE4Cs3?pid=6073412455890288274&oid=101178147372382757423

    Best wishes,
    Chris 

  • Reply richene albertus December 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    good stuff

  • Reply Cathy Neary October 9, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Thank you! <3

  • Reply Blue Crow Design October 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Brilliant Work 🙂

  • Reply Nathan Rodkey October 13, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Fantastic work, thanks a lot for the tutorial! This is a great video for people (like me) who are just learning to get into the more difficult tasks in Photoshop.

  • Reply TecmoBO34 October 27, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Hey there, Marty. Quick question. Do you think this tutorial would work with a logo on the pumpkin as opposed to the pumpkin eyes/mouth? I thought I would try the tutorial using my very basic business logo

  • Reply Coops123 October 25, 2016 at 9:59 am

    is there a way to turn it into a mock up?

  • Reply Trevor Souza October 26, 2016 at 1:12 am

    another great tutorial. My friends and I tried doing one with Text but i
    just couldnt get it to turn out right. Could you do one with text. Thanks and Happy Halloween

  • Reply Dro_Flipzy October 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Nice. Very thorough! Thank You for your help.

  • Reply J Andrews September 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I see this one is nearly 4 years old now. You've gotten better at describing every step. There's one part in here where I think you skipped saying to make a layer mask. And another part that totally threw me where I missed that you'd switched the foreground and background colors. But hey, my jack o' lantern doesn't look any worse than any real one I attempt to carve. 🙂

  • Reply Kevin Johnson October 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    The step for adding the first layer mask is missing something. All it does is fill the shap on top of everything.

  • Reply Misty Dreer October 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

    What are some tips for fixing a jack o'lantern lid that is too small

  • Reply Ezra Escobedo November 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    thx

  • Reply Pro Skater October 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much
    Great video. Very helpful

  • Reply Landon Warren October 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Best Photoshop I have ever seen.

  • Reply Madison Faeolin June 10, 2019 at 12:41 am

    THANK YOU

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