With all the excitement surrounding “Twilight” mania, the upcoming Halloween and a new moon this past weekend, I second-guess the notion that zombies are surpassing vampires in the world of pop culture. And a quick search on the Internet makes me realize that graphic designers have the option of taking a bite out of any number of vampire tutorials.
Despite the success of the movie “Zombietown” – and really, you need to see it – vampires are flitting about everywhere. There are the “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” TV shows and, like I mentioned before, the anticipation for “New Moon,” the sequel to “Twilight.” Those series have legions of fans, which is why graphic designers should sharpen their skills and market directly to them. You can add vampires and their associated imagery (fangs, ankhs, bats, blood) to flyers, posters, greeting cards and other promotional materials. Or you can promote Halloween events at your business with banners adorned with vampires. Here are some resources for tutorials involving vampires. RNEL.NET has six vampire tutorials using Adobe Photoshop, including how to give people fangs. CJ Tutorials explains how to “convert a human into a living vampire.” Shouldn’t that be “unliving?” The DoDear Club site has a unique approach to the genre – it explains how to make a cute, animated monkey vampire. I’m sure you can find a use for that. PSD Guides, which always has great tips and tricks for graphic designers, explains how to create a whole creepy vampire scene, complete with blood and glowy eye. This one offers a number of tricks you can incorporate into future projects. PhotoshopGirl compiles a handful of tutorials, including how to create the “Twilight” look – as in, how to make a normal, healthy-looking person look pale with piercing eyes – and how to make it appear as though blood is dripping from one’s mouth. Gimp Video Tutorials offers a video for, of course, a gimp tutorial that includes how to lighten skin. No vampire is complete without its alter ego, so Flash Game Tutorial shows you how to create a cartoon vampire bat. But OK, for those of you playing for the other team, Dphotojournal has a tutorial about how to manipulate a person into a zombie using Photoshop. And Vectortuts has more than 50 vector zombies. Something for everyone – dead or undead.