Create a sinister poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create an old poster that hangs on the wall.

In this lesson, you will learn how to:
– create a hair selection and separate it from the original image without losing any details;
– create an old destroyed building;
– use textures and blend modes effectively;
– create a 3D font using the Overlay Settings option;
– and learn about interesting technology to create small parts.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

1) Create a new document in Photoshop with the following dimensions, width = 2610px and height = 4000px. Next, move the image with the house to our document, arranging, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Select tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L)) and trim the top of the roof, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Next, with the tool Stamp (Stamp Tool (S)), hide the people on the left side of the image.

Step 3

Since we are going to create a night scene, then we need to make a color correction at home with the help of corrective layers so that the house fits the environment we create.

1) Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to the house layer and set the RGB curves as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, create an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation(Saturation) to -52.

3) Next, create an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) to darken the house by setting the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.46.

Step 4

Move the image with the night sky on our working paper, placing below the layer with the house.

Step five

In this step, we will draw the beams of the frame of the broken roof.

1) Using a rectangular brush, paint the beams of the frame of the upper part of the roof in black, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, set the color tint to # bddcf1. Paint over the edges of the frame, as shown in the screenshot below.

3) To combine the frame with the house and to make the frame look more realistic, apply to the frame image Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 0.9px.

4) Since the roof is broken, and the edges of the frame should not be smooth, so using the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L)) create the broken edges of the frame, as shown below.

Step 6

In this step, we will add an image of the earth to our document.

1) Select the image of the earth on the original image by moving it to our working paper, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, using the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -94.

2) Next, create an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) to the layer with the ground, setting the following settings: Exposition (Exposure) = -0.66, Shift (Offset) = -0.0164 and Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) = 0.43.

3) Then, using a correction layer Curves (Curves), install Blue Channel Curve (Blue Curve), as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7

In this step, we will add a gravestone to our image.

1) Select the image with the gravestone, then move it to our document, placing it as shown in the screenshot below.

2) To the tombstone layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -88.

3) Next, create an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.64.

4) Using a soft brush, paint the shadows on the gravestone.

Step 8

In this step, we will add the main character.

1) Select the image of the sorcerer using the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W). Before you copy the sorcerer’s image to a new layer, make sure that you create a rough selection around the hair.

2) So, after you have created a rough selection around the image of the sorcerer, open the option Specify edge(Refine Edge). Set the value Smoothing (Smooth) at 1, and the value Contrast (contrast) by 2. Next, the option Radius (Refine Radius) clarifies the boundaries of the hairline to determine the fine details of the hair. Then, click OK to cut the final image to a new layer.

3) Next, move the image of the sorcerer to our document, placing it as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 9

In this step, we will make a color correction to the sorcerer’s image in order to combine it with the surrounding atmosphere.

1) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.38, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.61.

2) Next, draw the shadows of the sorcerer on the ground with a soft round brush.

Step 10

In cartoons and science fiction films, we usually see wizards with eerie hooked hands. Therefore, let’s also create such hands for our character.

1) With a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), create a selection around the hands, copy each selection on a separate layer. One for the right hand, the second for the left hand.

2) Select the layer with the left hand selection, then go Filter- Plastic (Filter> Liquefy) and wrinkle the arm areas indicated by the arrows. Shrinkage (Pucker tool) and then using the tool Bloating (Bloat Tool (B), enlarge the finger joints so that the fingers look hooked and scary.

3) Next, to the “Hands” group, add an adjustment layer. Color tone / Saturation(Hue / Saturation). Set the value Saturation (Saturation) at -56.

4) Next, create an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.89.

Step eleven

In this step, we will place the witch’s cap on the head of our sorcerer.

1) Move the image of the cap to our document, placing it on the head of our main character.

2) So, draw the shadows on the left side of the cap, as well as under the cap, as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.55.

Step 12

In this step, we will draw a dry tree, and also add some dry branches.

1) Create a new layer, place this layer below the layer with the ground, and then using the Dry tree brush, paint the tree behind the gravestone, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Move the image with the dry branches to our document, placing it on the left side of the image. Make sure that this layer is located on top of all layers.

3) To a layer with dry branches, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -55.

4) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -1.49, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.75.

5) Since the dry branches are supposedly close to the observer, they must be blurred to create an image depth of field.

Step 13

In this step, we will create a magic ball of smoke between the sorcerer’s hands.

1) Using a soft round brush, draw a white ball between the sorcerer’s hands on a new layer. Reduce the opacity for this layer to 49%.

2) Next, create a new layer on top of the layer with the white ball that was created earlier. Then, using the Smoke brush, draw the smoke as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Select a different Smoke brush and with this brush, draw smaller smoke details around the smoky ball, as shown in the screenshot below.

4) So, create a new layer, and then draw a light smoke connecting hands with the ball, in order to create the feeling that the smoke comes from the hands of the sorcerer.

Step 14

In this step, we will add fog to our scene.

1) Create a new layer below the ground layer. Then, using the Fog brush, paint the fog as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, create another layer on top of all layers. Draw a fog as shown below. Reduce the layer opacity to 75%.

Step 15

In this step, we will add a fence to our scene.

1) Move the image with the fence to our document, placing the layer with the fence below the layer with fog. Next, using the option Puppet Warp (Puppet Warp), let’s go Editing – Puppet Warp (Edit> Puppet Warp) and twist the fence into a zigzag shape, as shown in the screenshot below, so that the fence looks old and damaged.

2) So, move the fence to the right side of the image.

3) To layer with fencing, add adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.47.

4) Next, apply to the layer with fencing Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), Blur radius (Radius) 4.4px for creating depth of field.

Step sixteen

In this step, we will create a brush that will meet our requirements using the Leaves brush.

1) Create a new document on which we will draw the leaves. Paint the leaves as shown in the screenshot below using the Leaves brush.

2) Next, let’s go Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush), think up a name for the brush, and then save it.

Step 17

In this step, we will customize our brush.

1) Select the brush that you created in the previous step, then go to the settings of the brush. Tick ​​the boxes Flip X and Flip Y (Flip X Flip Y) option Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape), and also set Interval (Spacing) by 157% and The size (Size) at 5000px.

2) Next, go to settings Dynamics forms(Shape Dynamics) and install Minimum diameter(Minimum Diameter) at 100%, Swing corner(Angle Jitter) = 7% Swing forms(Roundness Jitter) = 3%, Minimum the form(Minimum Roundness) = 99%. Also check the boxes Flip X swings and Flip Fluctuation y (X Y Flip) and in the window Projection brush (Brush Projection).

3) Next, go to settings Scattering(Scattering) and put a tick in the window Both axes(Both axes) and set the percentage Scattering(Scatter) by 43%, Counter(count) = 1 and Swing counter(Count Jitter) = 40%.

4) Create a new layer and on a new layer, draw black leaves as shown below.

5) Since leaves spinning in the air, then let’s apply a filter to them Blur (Blur), let’s go Filter-Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur) with the following settings: Bias (Distance) = 16px and Angle (Angle) 25 to make the leaves look more natural.

Step 18

In this step, we will add a letter title.

1) Using the Gothic font, type the letter E, which means Evil (Evil). Then, place the letter layer below the dry branch layer.

2) Next, load the texture by moving it to our document. Apply the texture to the letter image.

3) To the texture layer, add an adjustment layer. Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) by setting the value Saturation (Saturation) at -83.

4) Apply to the texture layer. Overlay options (Blending Options), go to the option Stamping (Bevel Emboss) and set the following settings: Depth (Depth) = 1000% The size (Size) = 68, Angle (Angle) = 58 and Height (Altitude) = 42, the remaining settings are left as default.

5) Next, check the box Circuit (Contour).

6) Next, activate the option Gloss (Satin) and set the following settings: Opacity (Opacity) = 19%, Angle (Angle) = 67, Bias (Distance) = 11px The size (Size) = 14px.

Step nineteen

In this step, we will add cracks to our letter.

1) Load the cracked texture by moving it to our document. Apply the texture to the letter image. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

2) In the same way, add more cracks

3) Next, using the Grunge Brush, add a tint of grunge to our letter, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 20

In this step, we will color correct the entire image.

1) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.17, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) on
1.10.

2) Next, add an adjustment layer. Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decreasing the value Saturation (Saturation) to -40.

Step 21

In this step, we will create a wall on which our poster will hang.

1) Create a new document with the following dimensions: Width (width) = 2910px and Height (Height) = 4000px. Then, open the brick wall texture by moving it to a new document.

2) Next, add an adjustment layer. Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decreasing the value Saturation (Saturation) to -52.

3) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.33, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) on
0.50.

Step 22

In this step, we will draw graffiti on our wall to make our wall look like a street wall.

1) Create a new layer on top of the layer with the wall and paint the graffiti as shown in the screenshot below using a Graffiti brush.

2) Next, change the blending mode for the graffiti layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 23

In this step, we will give our poster the effect of old paper.

1) Move the texture of the old paper to a paper with a brick wall, then cut the bottom of the texture, as shown in the screenshot below, with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L).

2) So, move the poster that we created earlier to the brick wall document. Cut the poster along the contour of the old paper we created in the previous step.

3) Next, place the poster below the old paper layer. Change the blending mode for the layer with old paper to Multiplication (Multiply) and lower the layer opacity to 65%.

Step 24

In this step, we will add shadows to our poster.

1) Create a new layer, fill it with black in the form of a poster.

2) Next, position the shadow layer below the poster layer and move it slightly to the left. Apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), Blur radius (Radius) 4.3px.

3) Group all the layers related to the poster into one group, and then add a correction layer to this group. Curves (Curves), set the channel curves, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 25

In this step, we will create frayed edges for our poster.

1) Open the texture with the worn edges of the old paper, moving it to our document. Change the blending mode for this texture layer to Lightening (Screen).

2) In the same way, add worn edges to the bottom of the poster, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 26

In this step, we will add an image of the barrel to our scene to create a feeling for the observer that this place has not been removed for some time and the objects have remained untouched.

1) Move the image with a barrel to our document, placing it in the lower right corner of the image, as shown below.

2) Next, draw the shadows on the left side of the barrel image.

Step 27

In this step, we will color the image of the barrel so that it fits perfectly into our scene.

1) To layer with barrel, add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) by setting the value The contrast (Contrast) at 51.

2) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at +0.33, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) on
0.91.

3) Next, add an adjustment layer. Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decreasing the value Saturation (Saturation) to -51.

4) Add an adjustment layer Curves (Curves), set the channel curves, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 28

In this step, we will add an empty paint can, placing it on the barrel.

1) Select the image of the can of paint, and then move the selected image of the can onto our document by placing the can on the barrel.

2) On the image with a can of paint, apply an adjustment layer Curves (Curves). Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), set the channel curves, as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Create an adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.72, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.86.

4) Next, add an adjustment layer. Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decreasing the value Saturation (Saturation) to -53.

5) Create a new layer on top of the layer with a can of paint, and then draw dark shadows on the left side of the can, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 29

In this step, we will add nails to our poster, on which our poster will hold.

1) Select the image of the nail, and then move the selected image of the nail to our document, placing it in the upper left part of the poster.

2) Next, using the adjustment layer Color tone/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to ’0 ‘.

3) In the same way, add a second nail, this time, place the image of the nail in the right upper part of the poster.

Step thirty

In this step, we will create another poster, this time torn and located next to the main poster.

1) Move the poster image “WANTED” to our document by placing it to the right of our main poster, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) So, with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), create a selection around the corners of the poster “WANTED” and copy the selection to a new layer, and then delete the rest of the poster.

3) To make the ragged edges look much outdated, darken the edges with a tool. Dimmer (Burn Tool (O).

4) To the second poster image, add an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure) by setting the value Exposure (Exposure) at -0.33, and the value Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) at 0.70.

5) Create a new layer on top of the second poster layer. Fill in black with selected areas of dangling corners of the poster.

6) Next, place the shadow layer below the second poster layer, and then apply to the shadow Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 19.6px.

Final result

Author: Santhosh Rao

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