How to Turn Your Photo into a Zombie Picture

In this tutorial you'll learn how to turn your selfie into a zombie. Go subtle with just a couple effects and graphics this image, or keep on reading for the gory details of making a truly zombified photo!

Ahhh, October. There’s that familiar chill in the air, the aroma of pumpkin spice, and the low rumbling of the undead as they begin their annual search for fresh brains. Don’t be left out!

With PicMonkey, it’s easy to transform yourself into any number of ghoulish, ghastly, or grisly creatures, but today we’re going to focus on zombies.

How to turn your photo into a zombie picture

Step 1: Open your photo in PicMonkey

To start off, add a picture to PicMonkey that showcases your creepy pose. Click Create new and choose your photo to open in the editor window. Next you'll want to select the Themes tab on the left and click on the Zombie theme (warning: it's pretty gross!).

Step 2: Take a look at Corpse Eyes

Why not start with the eyes to get your zombie portrait going? Scroll down the Zombie theme to the Corpse Eyes graphics and choose the creepy eyeball that's right for you. Use the eraser on the Graphic palette to remove the edges so it fits on your own eye.

Step 3: Add gruesome Gashes & Slashes

Next, add some photo-realistic graphics from the Gashes & Slashes set within the Zombie theme. Remember the grosser the better because zombies are rotting flesh after all! Use the Graphic palette to size, rotate, or fade the graphic so it blends in well with the photo.

Step 4: Drip on the Blood Drops

Everyone knows that zombies are covered in blood, so add as much or as little as you like with the Blood Drops and Blood Spatters graphics.

Step 5: Add an apocalyptic background texture

To add to the hyper-freaky realness of your zombie portrait it helps to create a background that looks like part of the zombie apocalypse—think radiation rot, paint crackle, crumbling concrete, or blood-stained walls. To get this effect, select your photo layer and remove the background using the Image palette (pro subscribers only). Select a basic rectangle from Graphics and stretch it over your image, then send it to the back. With the rectangle still selected, open the Zombie theme again and select the Crackle and Ooze textures to apply to your shape.

Step 6: Apply a greenish zombie pallor effect to the skin

Finish off your horrific zombie portrait with an undead skin pallor. Say adios to a healthy glow with the Zombie Virus effect, making your skin greenish and gross, or try any of the other effects for an equally unappealing look.

Step 7: Download and share if you dare

Are you genuinely terrified by how your zombie turned out? Keep the fun going by trying all six of our Halloween themes.

Go to Share or Export on the top toolbar to either download your zombie pic or share it directly to social media or email. Or, why not grab it from Hub on your phone where it's auto-saved and text it to someone for a good Halloween scare? We're not telling you what to do, nope, we'll be running the other way. Happy Halloween!

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.