How to 70 Horror, Blood and Gore Photoshop Effects and Brushes

January 6, 2009 / 5310

When I was a kid, I was a compulsive painter of punched eyes, missing teeth and bloody scars on almost every magazine or newspaper photo I found.

Time passed by and I didn’t become a special effects makeup artist like Tom Savini or Rick Baker, but I still enjoy a nice horror movie with some decent gore and splatter effects.

Lately I’ve been noticing that many Photoshop artists are mastering the horror makeup techniques and believed that it was time to gather a nice (er, sort of…) list of Photoshop tutorials filled with gore, splatter and blood.

Some previews have been blocked just because the final effect was too explicit. Have some fun with your photos, but don’t scare your kid brother too much, please.

Horror, effects tutorials

Click on each image to read the tutorial

Zombify people Rotten face and skull Living dead
Undead celebrity Cracked face face to zombi makeover
Dead stare Dark eye Evil eyes
Devilish eye Devil eyes Glowing evil eyes
Draw a monster Draw an alien Alien Angelina Jolie
Alien Tom Cruise Alien character Alien face
Alien head photo effect Skull and face manipulation Grunge textured face
Witch makeup Living dead makeup Vampire Gwen Stefani
Elf face Alien skin effect Monster face
Blood dripping text effect Blod stained text effect Bloody guts text effect
Alien text effect Cracked face blood stained sawblade
Hideous monster Ghost face effect Ghostly photo effect
crack and peel skin Demon Rotten face
Dark photo manipulation Grunge face and skull Decaying face
Freak face Splatter blood photo effect Rotten teeth
Cut head effect Bood dripping eye Blood dripping
B-movie zombie Zombie face Blood splatter
Wounded eye Burning flesh effect Wounded face
Scary night scenery Abstract flesh Blood spatter
Splatter blood tentacles Blood on a wall Monster food


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