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Artist Turns Parents’ Home Into Haunted House Straight Out Of A Tim Burton Film

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Christine McConnell, the incredibly talented artist and photographer whose terrifying cakes we wrote about earlier, has just shared a creepy set of Halloween decorations that she created for her parents’ home. Using hand-painted foamboard designs, she turned her parents’ house into a giant, fanged, sleepless house-monster.

Fortunately for other Halloween enthusiasts, she also shared photos of the process. She used foam-core boards to create eyes and teeth for the house, making them light, inexpensive, and easy to work with!

More info: christinehmcconnell.com | Facebook | Instagram

“I decorated my parents house for Halloween…”

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Perspectives Pop Culture

City Council Searches For Pranksters Who Added Funny Signs To Park Benches

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Park benches throughout the city of Chester in England were recently the object of a fun prank when pranksters attached brass plaques with funny (though perhaps slightly offensive) messages to the benches that looked like dedication plaques.

According to the Metro, the pieces were installed by anonymous artists to protest the Chester council’s plan to pass a Public Space Protection Order. Supporters believe it would help curb antisocial behavior in public spaces, while opponents believe it would be used to unfairly target the homeless and vulnerable.

Fearing that people might be offended, the Chester council has already removed the plaques. It’s also looking for the prankster responsible!

(h/t: metro)

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ABDZ 07 – Playing with Shades

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ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades
ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Back to my image a week after a short vacation, much needed. I have also been spending my time with the new Abduzeedo which is looking much sleeker and soon will be going live. This week I decided to recreate an effect I saw a couple of weeks ago and I saved the screenshot because I thought it would be awesome to know how to do it. After a few tries I think I got a good result, at least worth sharing with you guys.

Step 1

Starting with the simple path of the Abduzeedo logo in Illustrator.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 2

WIth the Offset Path I made the logo thicker and it will also be used to separate both sides.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 3

Here you can see the 2 different sides. I used red and black but that doesn’t really matter because I will change those colors in Photoshop in the next steps.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 4

Paste the vector from Illustrator to Photoshop. With the Magic Wand Tool I selected the black color and created a new layer with that as a mask.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 5

Then I did the same thing for the red part.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 6

After creating the layers, create 2 folders and move the mask to each one of the folders. After that just add layers and start paiting. The mask will do the job of keeping them separate.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 7

I used the Lasso Tool (L) a few times to make some different cuts, like the 45 deg one on the you can see when the horizontal line connects with the other side.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 8

Here’s after a few tries.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Step 9

The last thing I did was to add some shadow.

ABDZ 07 - Playing with Shades

Conclusion

Here’s the final image with a Photo Filter on top of it. This was a quick first try but I am very happy with the result, of course there’s a lot to learn, but it’s always good to learn some new things.

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Download Photoshop file

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