Create a minimalistic coffee poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a minimalistic coffee poster using stock photos, filters, blending modes and a brush.

Open the photo with a cup of coffee in Photoshop. Activate the tool Pen Tool (P) (Feather) and gently lead around the contour of the cup and saucer. To facilitate the process of creating a new curve, hold down the Alt key and click the last nodal point with the stylus to remove the right barb. For more convenient work with the pen, enlarge the image using the Ctrl + key combination, after finishing, return the image to the screen size with the Ctrl + 0 combination. If necessary, you can undo the last action by pressing Ctrl + Z.

Next, right-click on the created contour and select Make Selection (Create selection). In the window that appears, leave everything by default and click OK. Then we add a mask to the layer with the cup by clicking on the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel.

Next, re-activate Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and outline the inside of the handle, which contains the background. Also convert the outline to the selection, then take Eraser Tool (E) (Eraser) and erase everything inside the selection. When finished, remove the selection with the Ctrl + D key combination.

Now we must carefully look at the picture and identify any shortcomings. If all is well, continue on. Otherwise, we take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) (stiffness 100%, black), activate the mask by clicking on it on the layers panel, and draw the brush in those places that need to be corrected.

Right click on the mask and select Refine Mask (Specify Mask) or go Select – Refine Mask (Selection – Refine Mask) (Alt + Ctrl + R). Adjust the mask as shown below.

After applying the settings, a copy of the layer will appear with the cup, but without the mask.

Next, create a new document with a size of 1964 x 3505 pixels with a resolution of 300 dpi (for printing).

Press Ctrl + 0 to align the document to the screen size. Then we activate the rulers Ctrl + R, left-click on the left ruler and drag out the vertical guide. Place it strictly in the center.

At the bottom of the layers panel, click the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) and select Solid Color (Colour). In the window that appears, select the color # 0c0c0c.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Set the foreground color to # b42025, and the rear one to # 0c0c0c.

After that apply the filter Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds).

Next, press Ctrl + T to activate the free transformation, and increase the size of the red clouds.

Reduce the opacity of the layer to 71% and select a better location of the clouds. When finished, press Enter to apply the transformation.

Hit Ctrl + H to hide the guide. Set the foreground color to # 470002 and the back one to # 590000.

At the bottom of the layers panel, click the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) and select Gradient (Gradient). In the window that appears, select our red gradient.

Reduce the opacity of the gradient layer to 54%. Add another gradient layer from black to transparent.

Duplicate the clouds layer (Ctrl + J) and drag the copy to the very top of the layers panel. Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and reduce the opacity to 49%.

Create a new layer. Set the foreground color to # b8252a. Take Gradient Tool (G) (Gradient) (color to transparent, radial).

For convenience, activate the guide again (Ctrl + H). We draw a small gradient spot, which will later be located behind the cup to simulate a light source (and additionally to separate the background from the cups visually).

With the help of free transformation (Ctrl + T) we adjust the size of the gradient.

Duplicate the gradient layer (Ctrl + J). Decrease Fill (Fill) duplicate to 0%. After that, double click on the copy to open the window Layer Style (Layer style). Apply Color Overlay (Overlay color).

We return to the document with the cup. Click the right button on the layer and select Duplicate Layer (Duplicate layer). In the window that appears, select our second document and click OK. Thus, a copy of the layer appeared on the second document.

Hit Ctrl + T and adjust cup size. Place it at the bottom of the document in the center.

Next, at the bottom of the layers panel, press the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) and select Brightness/ Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). In the window that appears, adjust the brightness and contrast, as well as press the button to create a clipping mask.

Behind the cup we create a new layer on which we will draw the shadow cast by the cup. Set the foreground color to black and draw a new black gradient spot. Layer blend mode set to Multiply (Multiplication).

Press Ctrl + T to activate the free transformation, compress the layer with the gradient horizontally and rotate it about 45 degrees.

Add a mask to this layer, take a soft black brush and hide the excess over the cup.

Duplicate the shadow layer and reduce the opacity of the duplicate to 24%.

Above the previous layer create a new one. We take a large soft brush of black color and draw an adjacent shadow under the cup so that our object soars in the air.

Above the adjustment layer Brightness/ Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) add a new one. Choose color # b8252a. We draw a red gradient, which we turn into a red reflex from the background on the cup, giving a realistic image.

Activate the free transformation (Ctrl + T) and edit the gradient, squeezing it horizontally and changing the angle of inclination.

Gradient blend mode is changed to Overlay (Overlap) and reduce the opacity to 79%.

If necessary, adjust the opacity of the layers and the location of elements.

Next, activate Brush Tool (B) (Brush). Click the right button on the document to open the brush settings window. Then click on the icon in the form of a gear and in the menu that appears, select Load Brushes (Download brushes). Find brushes in the form of smoke and add them to Photoshop.

Create a new layer and set the foreground color to white. Choose a suitable brush and draw smoke. We reduce the opacity of the smoke to about 20-25%.

Next, select another brush and combine with the previous one. We get this result.

Now add the text. Each word is written on a new layer. Activate the tool Text Tool (T) (Text), select the appropriate font (in this lesson, Forte is used) and write COFFEE. Set the size to 68pt, the spacing between letters to -25 and place the text in the center. If necessary, customize other text options on the panel Character (Symbol).

Next, type in Gill Sans Espresso, customize it and place it under the word COFFEE.

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the Espresso text and edit the caption on Cappuccino.

In the same way, we write the word AMERICANO, but change the size and color of the text on the panel Character (Symbol).

Move to the bottom of the document and write the text Find Your Flavor Taste of Life. Customize it.

That’s all! Below you can see the final result.

Posted by: Mir Rom

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