Creepy Simple Tutorial

Created: 03/21/2014
Experience Level: Medium/Advanced
This tutorial was written and created by Kaydee.
You'll need this pattern.
Here is the picture you'll be using: click here.

Step One - Coloring Image

Open the picture you'd like to use. We'll start by coloring our picture. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Color Balance. Your color balance section will appear on your sidebar above your layers. Make sure midtones is selected. Set your settings to (R)0 (G)-100 (B)+100.

Now select shadows, apply these settings. (R)-34 (G)-20 (B)-55.

Finally, select highlights, apply these settings. (R)-37 (G)-6 (B)-68.

Step Two - Applying Levels

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Color Balance. Make sure your output levels are 57 for the first box and 255 for the second box. You should have this:

Step Three - Vibrance & Curves

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Vibrance. Set your vibrance to +5 and your saturation to -100. Now go back to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves. I can't tell you how to exactly do this part. You'll have to use this and try to match it to my settings as best as you can. Try to match it to this picture:

Step Four - Pattern & Gradient

Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Gradient. Select the black and white gradient. Click "OK". Now in your layers panel, go to "Gradient Fill 1", right click and go to your Blending Options. Set the mode to "Soft Light". Set your Fill Opacity to 75%.

Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Pattern. You'll be using the pattern I gave you. After you've applied it, go to the "Pattern Fill 1" layer and go into your Blending Options. Set to "Screen" and the opacity to 75%.

Step Five - Border

Create a new layer and on this new layer, you'll take your Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a selection around your picture. I try to do it where in the upper left hand corner, parts of the + touch the edge of the image and go down to where the + then touches the bottom right corner. You can use any color for the border that you choose. I used #1F1F1F because I think it looks better. On a new layer, make a box just big enough to go behind your text. I made mine solid black (#000000). Just set your opacity to something low like 45%.

Step Sixx - Animated Text

Type out your text how you want it. Use the font size, font style, etc. how you like it! Now you'll decorate your text. I went into Blending Options (right-click the text layer) and set it as a gradient to match my picture. Use any colors you'd like. (You don't even have to use gradient if you don't want too).

Right-click your text layer and duplicate your layer 5 times. On each layer, right-click>Layer Properties and rename your layer to it's corresponding layer number.
e.g. Duplicated layer 1 should be "Layer 2", Duplicated layer 2 should be "Layer 3", etc.

Open your animation frame. If you don't know how to do this, go to Window>Animation. If it shows the timeline frame animation bar (as pictured below), then just go to your options tab and select Convert to Frame Animation. It's about 8 options from the bottom of the menu. Create 5 new frames. On all your text layers in your layers panel, make them hidden. (Click the little eye)Below is an image of what the Timeline Animation looks like. I shortened the image so that you'd get a general idea. Your options tab looks like this first image:

Frame 1 - Make visible your original text layer. Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. In the dialog box that comes up, set the distance to 2 pixels. Select frame 2.
Frame 2 - Hide the previous text layer. Make visible "Layer 2" of your text. Go to "Motion Blur" again and this time, set your pixels to 4. Select frame 3.
Frame 3 - Hide the previous text layer. Make visible "Layer 3" of your text. Go to "Motion Blur" again and this time, set your pixels to 6. Select frame 4.
Frame 4 - Hide the previous text layer. Make visible "Layer 4" of your text. Go to "Motion Blur" again and this time, set your pixels to 4. Select frame 5.
Frame 5 - Hide the previous text layer. Make visible "Layer 5" of your text. Go to "Motion Blur" again and this time, set your pixels to 2. Select frame 6.
Frame 6 - Hide the previous text layer. Make visible "Layer 6" of your text. Go to "Motion Blur" again, keep them at 2 pixels.

Click on Frame 1. Now hold down shift on your keyboard (under your caps lock key) and select your last frame. They should all be highlighted. Now click the 0.5 sec or whatever is at the bottom to adjust your speed. Set to 0.1 sec. You want the animation fast but not to fast so that's why we set it to 0.1 but if you think it looks better at a different speed, help yourself. It's your image. =) Under Frame 1, you should see something that will either say Forever, Once, or 3 Times. Click it to make sure it says "Forever". Click the play button to make sure your animation plays for your how you want it to. Your frames should look something like this by time you are done.

Step Seven - Saving Properly

If you are satisfied with how your image is, you'll want to save it of course. To save an animation in Photoshop properly, go to File>Save For Web and Devices. Just save it any folder on your computer where you want it to be. =) If something didn't make sense to you or if you need help, I honestly don't mind helping you out, just contact me by email at or on Facebook. I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you use it, let me know. I am interested in seeing your results. =D Tell others about my tutorial if you found it interesting. Here is what you should have: