It all happened quite by accident. Bert and I were riding around the area near Stockton Springs, Maine, taking pictures of stately, old New England clapboard houses. We love plain homes best, but often point out to each other houses with unique architectural details — you know, like arches and corbels and odd-shaped windows.
Recently, I downloaded an app called distressedfx, created some artsy pictures using the simple click operations, and then posted them on social media. I thought, why not make this gothic white house a little creepy using distressedfx? I snapped the picture and played with the app. And in a matter of minutes, a simple picture of a grand old house became a haunted mansion complete with flying creatures and creepy lighting.
Want a creepy house for Halloween? Here’s how you do it.
First, download the distressedfx app to your phone.
2. Then take a picture of a house. It doesn’t have to be a spooky house to begin with . . . just a normal house, but one with good bones and a strong presence.
3. Try a simple color filter first. But if you don’t like it, you just delete and go back to the original.
4. Add a distressing filter to add texture to your photo. This one will really “age” the home.
5. If you wish, add birds! That’s right, birds — a flock or a few. And move them to the position you like best.
6. Adjust light, color, and intensity with effects as strong or as mild as you wish.
And here’s my final product. I eliminated the color filter but left the texture. Just a few birds looks frightening enough.
Post your creation on social media and wish your peeps a Happy Halloween with a spooky house you made yourself! Enjoy!
For more information:
Watch the YouTube video on distressedfx.