Create a spectacular movie poster in Photoshop

In this lesson, the author will show us how to create a simple, but rather impressive poster for the film in Adobe Photoshop.

To create this poster, the author used the attached pictures, however you can add, or use your photos of both the model and the background photo. Do not be afraid to experiment. Perhaps you can create something more beautiful.

If you pick up your background, consider the fact that it should be in harmony with the model and fit the style of this lesson.

I hope that you will gain a lot of knowledge during the implementation of this lesson.


Step 1

Open image with background (Ctrl +O), or simply transfer the image file to the program and name it Bg. Then, with one of the previously mentioned options, let’s open the image with the model. Call it woman and separate the model from the background. The author has already done this, so you will need to do it yourself.

Here are suitable tools such as: Pen (Pen), MagicWandTool (Magic wand), QuickSelectionTool (Fast selection) ColorRange(Color range), etc. To adjust the selection made, you can use the function RefineEdge(Refine edge), experimenting with sliders Smooth(Smoothing), Feather(Feathering), Contrast(Contrast), ShiftEdge(Change edge) for best effect. Then just place the model, as in the screenshot.

Step 2

Duplicate the model layer. Call it womanhair and place it under the original layer. Change its blending mode to Multiply(Multiplication). Now select both layers (woman and womanhair) and use the function Linklayers(Link layers). Now, for the layer woman, apply LayerMask( Layer mask). Now, with a soft black brush, gently walk through the hair on a white mask. Also, I advise you to view the entire model along the contour, since there could remain small pieces of white background, which can easily be removed on the same mask layer.

Step 3

Next, create a new adjustment layer. ColorBalance(Color balance) mode ClippingMask(Clipping mask) to layer Woman. Adjust the colors as in the screenshot.

and the result after color correction:

A screenshot with the location of the layers in the palette, attached:

Step 4

Then create a new adjustment layer. PhotoFilter(Photo Filter) with the settings below. Do not forget to apply it as ClippingMask (Clipping mask). Also, change the blending mode of this layer to Color and lower Opacity(Opacity) to 50%. Photo filter called Cyan(blue).


Step 5

Create a new adjustment layer. Vibrance(Vibration) mode ClippingMask(Clipping mask) and apply the settings shown in the screenshot.

What happened:

And here is the order of the layers, which is obtained at the moment.

Step 6

Create a new layer. (Shift+Ctrl+N) and go to Filter (Filter) – Render (Drawing) – Tree (Tree), leave the default settings.

Now go to Filter (Filter) – BlurGallery (Gallery blur) – FieldBlur (Blur field) and click Ok.

Move the vegetation in the bottom left corner, as in the screenshot:

Step 7

Add another vegetation as in the screenshot, just another type.

Translator’s note: the author uses a special plugin pixelsquid, just for the version AdobePhotoshopCC. You can download it from this link:

An alternative to this plugin, can serve as images that are attached to one of the source materials.

A screenshot with the layers palette is attached:

Apply the same blur, with the same settings as before. In order not to perform all the long operation, just use the key combination (Ctrl + F).

Place the vegetation near the first. Duplicate the second one and add it to the right corner. Duplicate the first vegetation and add it between the second and the third, to fill the foreground, as in the screenshot.

Step 8

It seems that we have coped with the artistic part. Now let’s add typography. Create a new layer. Shift + Ctrl + N.

Use the tool HorizontalTypeTool (Text) and create, using this tool, an area for entering text.

Now, in this area, using the font LandriCondensedItalic, with a size 500 px, write the word Hunter, to the right of the model.

Now apply a layer style. Bevel Emboss (Stamping), with the settings shown on the screenshot:

and DropShadow (Outer shadow) with settings:

Step 9

Now, let’s transfer the metal texture to our document.. Remove from it all the bolts and black spots with dots, as in the screenshot. You can use the tool PatchTool (Patch).

Step 10

After dragging the texture into the document, apply it as ClippingMask (Clipping mask) to the text layer. To make the details of the texture look better, reduce its size to fit the text, using the tool FreeTransform (Free transform) (Ctrl + T). Next, slightly add the sharpness of the metal texture, go to Filter (Filter) – Sharpen (Sharpness) – Sharpen (Sharpness).

Step 11

Now it’s time to use the arrow. Add it to our document. Layer Layer Arrow. With the tool FreeTransform (Free transform) (Ctrl + T), turn the arrow so that its yellow tip is on the left and starts before the letter H of the main label. If the boom is in mode SmartObject (Smart Object), rasterize the layer with the arrow by pressing the right click – RasterizeLayer (Rasterize the layer).

With the tool RectangularMarqueeTool (Rectangular area), make a small rectangular selection on the tip of the arrow, right-click and select Layer viaCut (Cut to a new layer) and slide to the right, with the tool Move (Move) (V), or just press to the right. Now select a small part of the arrow shaft, copy it (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V). Remove excess area with the tool Eraser ( Eraser) (E). Select all layers with an arrow and move it under the text layer.

A screenshot with the layers palette is attached:

Step 12

And now in the same font, only with a smaller size in 250px, writeTheabove the wordHunter“. Duplicate the texture and apply it to the layer with the wordTheas Clippingmask(Clipping mask). You can write everything that your imagination is capable of.

A screenshot with the layers palette is attached:

Step 13

Let’s create a new group. (Ctrl+G) for the adjustment layers that we will create now. Call her adjustments. We take advantage of the adjustment layer GradientMap (Gradient map). In the list Preset’ov select PhotographicToning (Photographic toning) and apply Preset entitled SepiaBlue 1(Blue Sepia 1). Change the blend mode of this adjustment layer to Color (Color) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) to 20%. Result:

Step 14

Create a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and apply the settings shown in the screenshot:


Step 15

Create a new adjustment layer ColorLookup (Color search) and apply the same settings as in the screenshot. Opacity (Opacity) of this layer, change to 20%.

Create another adjustment layer ColorLookup (Color search) with the same settings as in the screenshot, and put the same Opacity (Opacity) 20%.


All layers that should be in the group are shown in the screenshot:

Step 16

Now let’s add birds to our poster. Create a new layer. (Shift+Ctrl+N), move it under the group adjustments with adjustment layers, and use a brush with birds. How to add a new brush in Photoshop, you can explore here.

So, choose a brush with birds and make one click above the word Hunter. Try to fit all the birds in the distance from the layer labeled The, before the end of the layer Hunter. Brush color select with tool Eyedroppertool (Pipette) (I) and click the tool on one of the rocks. And now, in the selected color, display the birds in the previously specified location. Layer with birds name birds.

Next, create a new layer again. (Shift+Ctrl+N), and apply it as Clippingmask (Clipping mask) to layer birds. On this layer, a white soft brush with a large radius, make one click in the white sky area, almost on birds. This is necessary in order to add light that will fall on the birds. When enlarging the image, it can be seen well.

Step 17

Proceed to the retouching model technique Dodgeburn (Lightening and darkening). Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) with blend mode Overlay (Overlap) and check the box next to FillwithOverlayneutralcolor (50% gray) (Fill with neutral color (50% gray). Name this layer eyes.

Use the tool DodgeTool ( Clarifier) ​​with Exposure (Exposure) 20%. Walk along the iris to make your eyes a little lighter. With the tool BurnTool (Dimmer) and Exposure (Exposure) 10% darken the contour of the iris, for a little more contrast. Next, duplicate the layer Eyes (Ctrl + J) to enhance the effect and merge both layers (Ctrl + E). Overlay mode change to Overlay (Overlap).

Step 18

Now let’s add a dusty texture that resembles a cluster of fireflies (you will find it in additions to the lesson materials).

Transfer one of the textures to our document. Now let’s blur the resulting texture using the filter. GaussianBlur (Blur according to Gauss) – Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Gaussian Blur (Blur according to Gauss)) with a radius 1.6px. To enhance the effect of the texture, duplicate it 1 time. (Ctrl + J). With 2 key presses up and right, move the copy slightly to the side.

A screenshot with the layers palette is attached:

Step 19

Merge all layers into one (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+E) and translate this layer into Smart object (Smart Object).

Let’s go to photo editing in CameraRaw (Filter – Camera Raw (Filter – Camera Raw)).

Author’s note: if someone does this lesson in a version CC, go to EditPreferencesFileHandling (Edit – Settings – File Processing) and in CameraRawPreferences (Settings CameraRaw) select AutomaticallyOpenJpeg(Automatically open Jpeg). Next, save the document you created and re-enter Ado.bePhotoshop.

After opening this layer in CameraRaw apply the following settings:

The effect that we got:

Step 20

Create a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N). Use the tool HorizontalTypeTool (Text), form a rectangular area at the bottom of the image. Using font SteelTongsRegular with a size 60px, you can write, in fact, anything. Do not forget that the font color can also be adjusted.

The author added the names and surnames of the proposed participants and creators of the project, as well as a variety of logos that are used when creating posters for films.

Also, the author has applied the effect Drop shadow (Outer shadow) with the settings as in the screenshot.

And here is the finished result, which turned out the author:

The rest of the layers is shown in the screenshot:

The lesson was great, but rather uncomplicated. I hope those participants who completed it got real pleasure from its implementation.

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