Create a poster in Photoshop

In this lesson we are going to create a design for a sample typographic poster. We will use: standard brushes, light effects and more to achieve the final result. Methods and skills that we consider will be useful to you in the future!

Let’s run Photoshop and get started!

Materials for the lesson:

Here is the image that we will create today:

Step 1

We begin our work with finding a good font. In most cases, you can find a suitable font, but sometimes it is better to create it yourself in order to get exactly the desired result.

For educational purposes, I am going to use a font that is available for free download.

After loading the font, create a new document 11 “x 8.5” inches (inch); resolution: 300 dots / inch (dpi); RGB mode.

Using the new font you downloaded, write a few words in the center of the document. There are two font styles that go inside the folder, we will use both.

The phrase I came up with can be placed in three lines. The middle line will be written in bold (CODE bold), and the first and third lines will be normal (CODE light). Center the text vertically and save your work.

Step 2

Download the brush “Smoke”. Create a new layer above the caption in bold. Call it as you like (for example “Smoke”). After you have done this, use, on the new layer, different smoke brushes in the text area “Bold”, as shown in the image below:

Step 3

Standing on the “Smoke” layer, press and hold Ctrl , Click on the thumbnail of the “Bold” text layer to activate the selection:

Then click Ctrl + J. So we will create a duplicate of smoke, but in the form of letters (name the layer “Text smoke”).
Turn off the visibility of the “Smoke” layer as well as the original “Bold” text layer to see the result. Now the “Smoke” layer can be removed.

Step 4

Create a new layer at the very top of the layers palette. Select tool “Gradient \ Gradient Tool“(G). Make sure you use “radial gradient \ radial gradient” – from white to transparent. The settings should look like in the picture below:

On the new layer (name it “Shine \ Lights”) that you created, use a radial gradient several times, place it on the image in the areas indicated in the screenshot:

Step 5

Create a new layer on top of all the others. Switch to the tool “Gradient \ Gradient Tool“(G). Next, apply the following settings for your “radial gradient gradient”:

“Drag” the gradient line from the middle of the canvas to the edge (to any angle), and then change the blending mode of this layer to “Linear Dimmer \ Linear Burn”.

Step 6

Change the blending mode of the layer with the text “Bold” to “Screen \ Screen”. Double-click on this layer and apply the following layer style settings:

– Shadow:

After applying the settings, your image should look like this:

Step 7

Go to the layer with the text “Let’s Grow”. Double click on the layer to go to “Layer Style \ Layer Style”. Select a tab “Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay”, and “Gloss \ Satin”. The settings for the “Gloss \ Satin” tab are left as default.

In the settings “Overlay gradient \ Gradient Overlay” choose a black and white linear gradient; check the box “Inversion \ Reverse”, as shown here:

After applying the style to the layer, right-click on it and select the tab “Copy layer style \ Copy Layer Style”. Next, go to the text layer “Together”, right-click on it and select the tab “Paste layer style \ Paste Layer Style”, to apply the same settings to this text.

Return to the settings of the layer “Together”, in the option “Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay” uncheck the box “Inversion \ Reverse”.
You may need to adjust the position of the “Together” layer. If it falls under the shadow of the “Bold” layer – lower it slightly.

Step 8

Select the “Shine \ Lights” layer and hold Shift, select the bottom layer with text (to create a selection of all layers, except for the top and background), as shown below:

Click Ctrl + G, to put all these layers in one group. Rename the group to “All Text \ All Text”.

Create a duplicate group (drag the entire folder to the icon “Create New Layer \ New Layer” at the bottom of the layers palette).

Step 9

Turn off the visibility of the original “All Text” folder and open its copy for further action. Pay attention to our text layers. We need to rasterize them. To do this, standing on the layer with the text, click the right mouse button and select the item in the submenu “Rasterize text \ Raasterizing Type “.

Some options are not available if you are working directly with a text layer. Therefore, we have rasterized our text, for further work with it.

Step 10

Activate the tool “Pen \ Pen Tool “ (P) and draw an outline around the upper left corner of the text “Let’s Grow”, as shown below.

After closing the outline, right-click the mouse directly on the doghouse. You should see a drop-down menu that will offer you several options, we need “Create Selected Area \ Make Selection”.

After selecting the submenu, you will still see one window in which you can simply click “OK” to accept the changes and activate your outline.

Without removing the selection, go to the rasterized layer “Let’s Grow”. Press the key combination Ctrl + J, to duplicate part of this text. You will have created a new layer above the text layer. Move this layer a few pixels to the left, and then a few pixels up, and you should get the result like in the picture:

Repeat this step for different parts of your text to create separate pieces that need to be placed above and to the left of the title block.

Again, repeat these steps for the rasterized layer “Together. Here is our result:

Step 11

Download and install space brushes. Create a new layer on top of all the others (name it “Brushes Cosmos”). Choose a brush from the set and set its color to white, opacity \ opacity – thirty%. Make a few brush strokes to add some texture. Don’t forget to save your work!

Step 12
Create a copy of the “Text Smoke” layer that we created at the beginning of the lesson. Double-click on the copy and apply the following layer styles:

For effect “Inner glow \ inner glow” I use the # A2DCFF color, you can choose any shade of blue. After you have applied these settings, the image looks like this:

Step 13

Open the image “texture space” and transfer it to your document. You may need to scale the image until the canvas is full. Name the layer “Cosmos” and place it under the layer “Brushes Cosmos”. Decrease opacity \ opacity layer up 80% ; change blending mode to “Overlapping \ Overlay”:

Step 14

Open the “Fish” image (which I found on Xchange) in a new document. As you can see, this is one fish in three different positions, which is good, because it will help add some variety to our poster. Double-click on the background layer and click “OK” to unlock it. Using tool “Rectangular area \ Marquee Tool “ (M), select any fish:

Click Ctrl + J, to duplicate the selection on the new layer. After you have done this, turn off the original layer:

Now all you have to do is use the tool. “Magic wand \ Magic Wand Tool (W). Select the part of the white area that remains around the fish and simply remove it. Then, transfer the first fish to our main document.

Repeat this step for the other two fish. Next, place the fish as you like: resize, rotate. When you are satisfied with the location of the fish, apply “Gaussian Blur Blur”(radius 5 – 12) for fish that are farther from us to create the illusion of depth. In addition, for fish that appear smaller and farther away, reduce the opacity to create the right work atmosphere.

Do not be afraid to experiment with the placement of fish, be individual!

Step 15

Open the photo “under the water \ underwater” and place it in our work. We must do “Free Transform \ Free Transform” in order to scale the image. Place the photo under the “Space” layer. Change the blending mode to “Overlay \ Overlay”. After you have done this, reduce the opacity to 60-62%, as shown in the image below:

At this stage you should have something like this:

Step 16

Next we are going to add Adjustment Layer \ Adjustment Layer, clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers panel (hint in the image below):

After clicking on the icon, select “Brightness / Contrast – Brightness / Contrast” and apply the following settings:

Step 17

Now I want to add some details. We will create a special brush “Bubble”.

Create a new document, size 200? 200 pixels; resolution – 72dpi. On a new layer, create a circle using the tool “Oval area \ Marquee Tool “ (M), fill it with black.

Step 18

Double-click on the circle layer to open it. “Layer Style \ Layer Style “ and apply with the following settings:
“Inner Glow \ Inner Glow”

“Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay”

While the dialog box remains open, click and drag the gradient on the circle slightly up and to the left.

Step 19

Navigate “Image> Adjustment> Curves \ Image> Adjustments> Curves”. Create three new points, set the position of the points, as shown in the image below:


Step 20

Go to menu “Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Invert \ Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Invert”, to invert the dark areas.

The result will look like this:

Step 21

Click the off button for layers to make sure that none of them are selected, and then go to Edit> Define Brush \ Edit> Define Brush Preset. In the dialog box, enter the name of the brush “Bubble”, and click OK to confirm.

Go back to your working document and create a new layer at the top of the layers panel. Choosing a tool “Brush \ Brush Tool “, press the key F5, to open the palette of brushes. In the palette, select our new brush “Bubble”. Apply the following settings:

“Form Dynamics \ Shape Dynamics”:

“Scattering \ Scatter setting “:

Press key F5 again to close the brushes palette. The brush is ready to use!

Step 22

Let’s start drawing!
I added a few small bubbles near the mouth of each of the fish. Each time create a new layer by drawing bubbles in a different place. This will make it possible to control the settings of the bubbles and, more importantly, their opacity \ opacity. Below I showed where I placed the air bubbles, and also that I have different opacity \ opacity of these layers:

If you are satisfied with the result, save your work and enjoy the good poster we created.

Thank you very much for completing this tutorial, I hope you have learned some useful techniques. Good luck!

Here isweandhave finished!

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