Star Wars is a fantastic saga that was conceived and implemented by American director George Lucas. The first film from the Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars. Episode IV: New Hope (1977) quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Then followed a successful sequel: Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars. Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983). The most recent episode is Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a poster for the movie Star Wars in Photoshop, using one of the most popular characters in the fantastic saga, Darth Vader, as a focal point.
The final result:
In this lesson we will create a version of the poster for the movie “Star Wars” in Photoshop. Even if Darth Vader is not in the last episode, Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015, I still chose him as the main character, because he is scary and cool.
Create a new working document with the following dimensions 900×1060 px in PSD format. You can increase the size of the working paper. The dimensions that I have indicated are given to show the ratio of height / width. Next, create a new layer, fill this layer with black color. Open the original image with the background. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) this image on our working paper. Name the background image Desert (Desert Background).
Choose a tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool) to fill the top of the scene with clouds. Press and hold the (Alt) key so that the cursor turns into a target. Click on the section of the image where you want to take a sample for cloning.
Open the original image with the sky. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) this image on our working paper. Position the image with the sky, as shown in the screenshot below. Name the cloud layer Clouds (Clouds).
To layer Clouds (Clouds) add a layer mask. Using the layer mask, we partially hide the image of the clouds. Working with layer masks is a useful technique of combining several images into one single scene.
Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), set a black and white gradient with Opacity (opacity) 100%. Make sure you are on the layer mask of the cloud layer (to do this, click on the layer mask thumbnail). Drag the gradient upwards as shown in the screenshot below. If you do not pull the gradient strongly, then the gradient will be small and hard and vice versa, a smoother and larger gradient can be obtained if you pull the gradient stronger.
Go back to the layer Desert (Desert Background). Add layer style to this layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) to darken the bottom of the image.
Next, create an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers, to do this, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – New adjustment layer – Gradient Map). How it works: this correction applies a color gradient to your image depending on the color tones in your image. Thus, where the image is darker, we get the tone from the left side of the gradient, and where the image is lighter, we get the tone from the right side of the gradient. Mid tones will be colored from the middle part of the gradient.
Double click on the thumbnail of the adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) to change settings. In the gradient editor window that appears, click on the gradient scale to set the following color shades: # 8f0e0d, # 600029 and #ffffff.
Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce Opacity (opacity) layer up to 50%. The result should be as in the screenshot below.
To make the background look more like a fantastic landscape, we will add the original image with a galaxy to our working paper. Change the blending mode for the galaxy layer to Lightening (Screen), Opacity (Opacity) layer 100%.
Now add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask for the layer with the galaxy.
Open the source image with Darth Vader. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) this image on our working paper. Position the image as shown in the screenshot below. Name this layer with the main character. Darth Vader (Darth Vader).
To layer Darth Vader (Darth Vader), add the following layer styles. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) and Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).
Duplicate layer Darth Vader (Darth Vader). Place the duplicate layer below the original Darth Vader layer. Right-click on the duplicate layer and in the window that appears, select the option Clear layer styles (Clear Layer Styles). Name the duplicate layer Shadow (Shadow).
Being on a layer Shadow (Shadow), let’s go Editing – Transformation – Distortion (Edit> Transform> Distort Tool) to transform the shadow. Pull the anchor point to distort the shadow. Press the (Enter) key to apply the transform. Tool Distortion (Distort tool) distorts and stretches the object in all directions.
Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for a layer with a shadow up to 0%, and then add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the following settings for this layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below.
Next, we add light and shade, as well as color effects on the main character. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set a soft round brush, brush color #e5e6e5. Now use a brush to draw a few lines creating light highlights. Using tool Finger (Smudge Tool), in the settings of this tool, set a soft round brush Intensity (Strength) about 70%, you can soften the edges of the drawn lines.
Change the blending mode for the highlight layer to Overlap (Overlay). You can add as many layers with highlights as you like, and you can also create a more dramatic effect.
Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set a soft round brush, brush color #0098e2. Paint over Darth Vader as shown in the screenshot below.
Change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color).
Create another new layer. Select tool again Brush (Brush Tool), set a soft round brush, brush color # e00101. Paint over different areas of the image as shown in the screenshot below. Vary the size and opacity of the brush.
Change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color).
Open the texture with light highlights. Add your favorite highlights to our scene. Change the blending mode for textures with light highlights on Lightening (Screen) or Light replacement (Lighten)
Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness Contrast) and in the settings window of this adjustment layer that appears, set the values shown in the screenshot below.
Create a new layer, name this layer. Laser glow (Laser Light). Using a soft round brush, paint along the laser, as well as on top of individual parts of the image, as shown in the screenshot below (marked with green lines). Use any brush color because we are going to change the color by adding layer styles.
Now let’s add layer styles to the layer. Glow laser (Laser Light). First decrease the value Fillings (Fill) to 0% and then apply the following layer styles: Shadow (Drop Shadow) color # ff0000, External glow (Outer Glow) color #, Internal glow (Inner Glow) color # ff6c00 and Color overlay (Color Overlay) color # ffffd4.
To make our poster for the film look like a real one, I added the lower credits from the original poster to the movie “Star Wars”. Using tools Eraser (Eraser Tool) and a soft round brush, swipe to align the text with the entire scene.
As final touches, I added light highlights and also added 2 adjustment layers. Gradient map (Gradient Map):
For the first adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map): blend mode Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (opacity) 100%, gradient colors # 4168c2 and # 8de7d6.
For the second adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map): blend mode Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (opacity) 75%, gradient colors # 256765 and # fb0101.
Finally, I applied the filter Colour contrast (High Pass Filter) to enhance image sharpness. If you want to add another movie title, then you can use the Star Wars font.
So, we have completed the lesson! We created a poster for the movie “Star Wars”. You can see the final result in the screenshot below. Instead of the main character Darth Vader, you can use any other character from this popular fantastic saga. See you, have a nice day!
The final result: