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This Photoshop master sliced his head in half for Halloween

Our new favorite redditor is offering to teach the Internet Photoshop. After seeing this, you'll take him up on it.


Cooper Fleishman

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 19, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 3:50 am CDT

Halloween costumes are overrated. You spend too much on a giant banana suit, wear it for one mediocre party, and then leave it on your floor for a month because you can’t bring yourself to throw it away. If you love spooking the shit out of kids but can’t sew, you’ve got another option: slice your head in half. With Photoshop, of course.

“Too grisly?” asked Brian Maffitt, an “experimental photographer” who goes by bmaffitt on Reddit.

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Here’s how he did it:

Obviously Photoshop, not a band saw accident. Four photos shot with tripod (important): A background plate with just the room and no me. A photo of me looking forward with a smile. A photo of me with my head back and my hand on my head. A photo of a dead guy’s head sliced in two.

He used this slide of a sliced head, part of the Visible Human Project, for the inside.

In the past few Halloweens, he’s gone microscopic:


And shaved a little too closely: 


“Let me know if you want some tips,” he says. “I’m happy to oblige. :)”

You should take him up on it. Digital editing is Maffitt’s life. He “teaches this stuff,” he says, and when Photoshop first came out, he got a gig making “creepy paintings for a bar in Manhattan … all spooky variations on classic art.”

I love this guy. He might be my favorite redditor of the year. Here he is holding his childhood rabbit.


Photo via bmaffitt/Reddit

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*First Published: Oct 19, 2013, 5:34 pm CDT