Create a Jolly Roger in Photoshop

Movie posters are good sources of inspiration for designers. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to recreate the logo of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Final result:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1920×1200 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels / inch. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G), select the black color and fill it with background.

Step 2. Download a set of grunge textures, select one of them and open it in Photoshop. Tool Move (Move Tool) (V) drag it to the main document. Switch to the Free Transform mode (Ctrl + T) and change its size. Then press Ctrl + Shift + U to discolor it.

Set the blending mode for the texture layer – Overlap (Overlay) and Opacity – 45%. The canvas will turn black because of the selected blend mode.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and place it between the background layer and the texture layer in the layers palette. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) with soft edges of large size. Outline the center of the canvas. Details of the texture will appear in those places where you will paint with a brush. To make the texture less noticeable, lower the Opacity of this layer.

Step 3. Go to menu Layer – Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map): gradient from # 0b5a88 to # 00601b. Set the blending mode of this layer to Overlay.

Step four. Download the Captain Kidd font. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and write “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN”. Write the letters “P” and “C” on separate layers and make them bigger than the others.

Step 5. Select the layer with the letter “P” and go to the menu Layer – Layer Styles – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay): gradient # a6a6a6 – # e4e4e4 – # f1f1f1.

There select style Stamping:


Inner shadow:

Internal glow:

Step 6. Right click on the layer with the letter “P” and select Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style), then right-click on the other text layers and select Paste layer style (Paste Layer Style).

Step 7. Select all text layers and click. Alt + Ctrl + E, to merge them into a separate layer. Place the resulting layer below all text.

Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) (V) and flattened layer 2 pixels down.

Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style. Color overlay (Color Overlay) (another way to apply layer styles): color is red.

Step 8. Select all text layers in the layers palette and press Ctrl + G to group them. This concludes the text. Hide the group with text.
Now go to the skull. Open the skull image in Photoshop. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) and remove the skull from the background. Copy the skull into our document, go to the Free Transform mode (Ctrl + T) and resize the skull.

Press Ctrl + Shift + U to discolor the skull layer. Make a copy of this layer (Ctrl + J) and set its blending mode – Overlap (Overlay) and Opacity – 40%.

Make a copy of the bleached skull layer and go to the menu Filter – Other – External channel (Filter – Other – High Pass)

Apply style Internal glow (Inner Glow) to the original skull layer to lighten the edges.

Step 9. Open the image and remove the bandana with the tool Pen (Pen Tool) in contour mode. Draw a bandanna, press Ctrl + Enter to turn the outline into a selection, copy the selection (Ctrl + C) and paste it into the main document (Ctrl + V).

Apply style Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 10. Select a bandana layer and go to the menu Image – Correction – Colortone / saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation):

Step 11. Open the Details image in Photoshop. Cut from it the necessary details in the main document and add them to the skull. Each added element discolour a little with correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Step 12. You need to create two cross sabers. Use the saber image. You already know how to retrieve objects.

Remove the sword and insert it behind the skull. Use the tool Free transform (Ctrl + T) to change the angle of inclination.

Make a copy of the layer with a saber (Ctrl + J) and go to the Free Transform mode (Ctrl + T), right-click on the canvas and select Flip horizontally (Transform – Flip Horizontal). Make a copy of each saber and set the blending mode of the copy – Overlay. Also a little need to discolor them.

Step 13. Select all layers with skull and sabers and merge them into one new (Ctrl + Alt + E). You can hide all the individual layers of the skull and the sabers, as we will work with the reduced layer.
Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) (O) and adjust as shown below. Outline the eye area.

Step 14. Make a copy of the layer with the skull and sabers and place it under the original. Name the copy “shadow”. Fill it with black with the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) and Tool Free transform (Free Transform) increase the size.

Go to menu Filter – Blur – Blur Gaussian (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur):

Lower Opacity (Opacity) layer with shadow:

Step 15. Make the text visible. Add a shadow to the text in the same way as we added it to the skull.

Step 16. Create a new group and name it “light effects”. Set the group’s blend mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Select one of the brushes. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) inside the group. Set the fill color to white and click once on the canvas. Lower the Opacity of the layer slightly. If you need to enhance the effect, then make a couple more strokes.

Step 17. Create a new Gradient Map layer (Gradient Map): # 290a59 – # ffcc00. Blend mode – Overlay and Opacity – 35%.

Step 18. Insert the metal texture into our document and set the blending mode – Overlay, Opacity – 40%.

Final result:

The image in the original size can be viewed here.

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