Create a Hope poster in Photoshop

After learning this lesson, you will be able to create your own illustrations similar to the popular “Hope” poster.

Note: This lesson is based on the PhotoGuides video tutorial.

At the end, the author got the following (I, of course, have a slightly different result, but quite a bit):

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. We open the necessary document, we cut out the person on a new layer. The background is deleted. Create a layer below and fill it with color, which is indicated on the screenshot below.

Step 2. Duplicate the human layer four times. Hide the original layer, then select the first copy, it should be above the hidden original layer. Go to the menu Image> Adjustment> Threshold (Image> Correction> Isohelium). In the appeared window we write the number 190. We go to the layer above and repeat the operation, only this time we enter 150. We go to the layer above, here the parameter will be 130. With the last one already 90. On the screen you can see the layers and the result:

Step 3. You see that the isohelial effect is worth smoothing out. Therefore, we go to the menu Filter> Artistic> Palette Knife (Filter> Imitation> Spatula). Make sure that you have the topmost layer active and move the upper slider, which is responsible for the strokes, to the mark approximately (looking at the photo) by 7. The remaining two lower ones are up to the end. Click OK and go to the layer below. Apply the effect of a spatula to it, only put the upper slider somewhere at 23. The lower sliders are still activated as much as possible! Stand on the layer below and click Ctrl + F, then lower the layer and also click Ctrl + F. It should turn out somewhere like this:

Step 4. Take magic wand(magi wand) and go to the topmost layer. Make sure that the parameters of the wand tick is only on the smoothing! Click the tool on the white spot, click Delete. Do the same with the layers below. The screen shows before the Magic Wand and after (the photo on the right with white lines, you may not be right, they do not play any role.):

Step 5. Choose the lowest layer from our 4s so far used. We will adjust the background layer only after the main portrait correction. Double click on it and choose a pattern overlay in the layer menu. Choose the first one you downloaded and experiment with the scale. In my case, this is about 100%. On the screenshot, I turned off the 3 top layers for the most clarity:

Step 6. Select the layer above. Change the foreground color to # 71969f. Choose a tool Fill (paint bucket) and click on the black outline. Be sure to fill everything or as much as possible everything that can be poured. It should turn out as on the screen:

Step 7. Select the layer above. Set foreground color to # d71a21 and again fill it with red as shown in the screenshot:

Step 8. Choosing a color # 00324d and layer above. Fill black with blue.

Step 9. Take the red brush and go to the layer with the red color (the brush of the color of this particular layer, to take a sample, just click on the color tool Pipette (eyedropper)). Paint the eye on the right side to make the image more contrast.

Step 10. Does our work still have angular shapes? Take a brush (the degree of rigidity is always the maximum) and smooth out the contours like on my screen, remove excessive discontinuity on the top two layers. Sometimes on the bottom two can be corrected. My selection at the very beginning turned out to be very rude, so I have now fixed it.

Step 11. Select the person’s shape, then go to the beige layer and click Delete. It is possible not so precisely, the main thing is to keep the beige color on the face itself.

Step 12. Create a new layer. This will also be a background, the layer should be placed above the person himself. Fill it with our red. (We use only 4 colors in our work).

Step 13. Create a new layer and select, as shown below, you can, where the top of our portrait, you can think of a composite version yourself. Fill the selection with blue.

Step 14. We frame the image at the highest point of the human head (plus a minus a couple of pixels). Increase the image below in the menu Image> Canvas Size (Image> Canvas Size). Click the arrow in the menu that appears strictly up. To the height we add the approximate size of the inscription. Value can look at the screen:

Step 15. I merged all the visible layers, but you can abstain, although merging them or creating a group would be much more convenient. Create a new layer under the group or a common layer and fill it with our blue color. We take our Nevis font and designate the lowest transition type in the parameters, it is possible the penultimate one (for version cs3, for other versions of Medium). Add text Hope and a strip between the bottom of the portrait and the beginning of the block of text. Just a few pixels. Do not overdo it! After this again we go to the canvas size menu and add a frame. look at its approximate ratio on the screenshot, fill the new layer under all layers with a beige color. It will turn out like this:

My final result:

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The author of the text lesson / pTranslation: zzzyyyfff
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