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, blood and gore effects tutorials

Click on each image to read the tutorial

Cracked face Rotten face and skull face to zombi makeover
Dead stare Dark eye Devilish eye
Draw a monster Draw an alien Alien face
Witch makeup  Alien Tom Cruise Vampire Gwen Stefani
 Alien skin effect Blod stained text effect Bloody guts text effect
Alien text effect Cracked face Rotten face
Hideous monster Ghost face effect Dark photo manipulation
Freak face Decaying face Rotten teeth
B-movie zombie Bood dripping eye Blood dripping
Wounded eye Burning flesh effect Wounded face
Monster food Abstract flesh Blood spatter
Blood on a wall

Horror, blood and gore effects brushes

Click on each image to download each Photoshop brush set

Scratches and wounds brushes Skulls brushes Splatter brush
Demons and vampire wings Spooky brushes Splat and splatter brushes

Horror makeup and special effects books

Christmas in New York

The Rough Guide to Horror Movies

Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia

How to draw fantastic horror comics characters

Adobe Photoshop CS Type Effects

Men, makeup and monsters

Christmas in New York

Special makeup effects

Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia

37 masters of special effects.

Adobe Photoshop CS Type Effects

The art and history of Stan Winston Studio