Halloween is just right around the corner so we decided today to make a tutorial for making a wallpaper pumpkin head Jack O Lantern in Adobe Photoshop. Here’s the wallpaper thats were gonna do.

jack o lantern

Step 1:
Lets start with creating a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024px and 72 dpi. Fill the new file with black color, using in this case the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

black
I will be using this pumpkin image below or find one on the Internet on any stock photo sites.
pumpkin

Step 2:
Open our stock photo (Ctrl+O) and select and extract out the pumpkin image that we will be using with our Pen Tool(P) or Lasso Tool(L). After the extraction, drag the pumpkin image to the canvass that we made first. And we will name this layer “pumpkin”.

pumpkin-extract

Step 3:
Now we add details on the pumpkin layer. On this layer set the Blending Options>Inner Glow by making a mouse click on this layer on the layers’ panel: The pumpkin gets this way its shadow:

pumpkin-innerglow

Step 4:
We will now draw/carve the face of the pumpkin. So select the Pen Tool(P) and create the shapes that will become later the necessary openings on the pumpkin, I did mine like this:

pumpkin-face

Step 5:
Now we have the face now to make it more Halloween-ish.. So we apply this effects on the face just set the same Blending Options for each element on the pumpkins face. Follow the parameters demonstrated next table –
Blending Options>Inner Shadow :

inner-shadow

Blending Options>Outer Glow :
outer-glow
Blending Options>Inner Glow
inner-glow

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay
gradient-overlay
Gradient Editor
gradient-editor
Blending Options>Stroke
stroke

Now we got the effect of openings having the shining light inside of the pumpkin. To add a little more detail,
we will add a glowing effect for our pumpkin.

Create a new layer just below the pumpkin image and pick up the Brush tool and brush off at the bottom with the COLOR:#BD630E

brush-glow
just to create a outer glow effect. And now on the same layer, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur

gaussian-glow
pumpkin-outglow

Step 6:
To finish this off we’ll write several words under the pumpkin, applying the Horizontal Type Tool (T)

Here’s the final result:
pumpkin-final

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