From the author:
In this tutorial, I will show you an example of how to create a catchy movie poster. You will learn how to make a cyber mask for your character with the tool. Pen (Pen Tool), blend modes and textures.
In addition, I will talk about using color correction on how to make your image sharper, and also give some tips on how to add more interesting details to your work.
Here is the poster that will be discussed in this lesson.
Materials for the lesson:
Step 1. Let’s start by creating a new document with dimensions of 1600? 2300 pixels (300 dpi). Fill the background with color # 080808. It is better to work with a high-resolution image in order to keep it more qualitative, more flexible for printing if necessary.
Step 2. To make the background more interesting, use paper texture.
Discolor texture, set blending mode to Hard light (Hard Light) and reduce it. Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%.
Note translator: You can discolor the texture in the menu. Image – Correction – Discolor (Image- Adjustments-Desaturate) or press the key combination SHIFT+CTRL+U.
Step 3. Add a nebula image to the main document on a new layer on top of the texture, flip it and use in the menu Image – Correction (Image – Adjustmants) correction Hue / Saturation (Hue Saturation) with these values: 192, 26, 0. This should give a blue tint, as shown in the screenshot. Now use a layer mask and a soft black brush to mask the areas on the left, right and bottom.
Step 4. For the horizon, take the image Horizon. Discolor it in the menu Image – Correction – Discolor (Image-Adjustments-Desaturate) and set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Duplicate this layer to make the horizon look more detailed. Use the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) black to white on the mask layer to hide the top of the image. We need only mountains and a small portion of the sky.
Step 5. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool) separate the girl from the background and place her on the nebula. Use a soft mask on the layer mask. Brush (Brush) with Opacity (Opacity) 30% to make the marked areas softer and blend them with the background. The bottom of the girl needs to be removed. And also use the tool Finger (Smudge tool) with Intensity (Strength) 30% for retouching face and hands.
Note translator: The image with the girl is paid, but you can use any other model you like.
Step 6. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) and draw a figure on the girl’s cheek. Fill the shape with color # 1290e0 and set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft light). In layer styles add Shadow (Drop Shadow) and light with Opacity of 25%.
Note translator: The author proposes to add their own shadow and light for this figure. Well, everything is clear with the shadow, but the light I understand you need to add with Inner shadow (InnerShadow) with white color in settings, and mode Normal (Normal). And also with the help of the angle to throw it to the right.
Now create a layer mask and using a soft black brush, erase the area on the left side of the shape.
Step 7. Let’s add some more details. On a new layer, using a soft white brush with Opacity (Opacity) 20%, click on the area marked with a red circle. This will give more volume and make the shape more brilliant. Also add a brush stroke tool Pen (Ren tool) at the top of the figure, where indicated by the red arrow.
Note translator: Add a brush stroke Pen, as I understand it, pre-configure the brush in white, small size and hard. Create a new layer, then create a contour on the upper edge of the shape, call the command Outline the contour (StrokePath), in the settings select Brush (Brush), check the box Simulate pressure (SimulatePressure) and then play with the opacity of this layer.
Use the scratched metal texture and place it in the main document above the blue shape layer. Create for texture Clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask) and install Opacity (Opacity) between 20-40%.
Step 8. Add more details. This time, load a computer chip into the document. Reduce this layer. Opacity (Opacity) up to 85% and set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Add a layer mask and use a soft brush to erase the edges of the scheme so that it does not go beyond the boundaries of the blue shape. The author also added two layers on which he painted blue strokes and glitter.
Step 9. Create two new layers and use the tool Pen (Pen Tool) draw two more shapes, as shown in the screenshot. Behind pour each color # f3d00a and set the blending mode for these layers to Soft light (Soft light). Add highlights in the specified areas just as you did with the blue shape in step 7. For the upper shape add a layer style Shadow (Drop shadow), throwing it down. You can also add a layer mask and smooth out the sharp edges of the shapes. Add a texture with a microcircuit on the shape that is on the girl’s forehead. Reduce the layer with the microcircuit Opacity (Opacity) up to 85% and set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Add a layer mask and use a soft brush to erase the edges of the scheme so that it does not go beyond the boundaries of the yellow shape.
Step 10. If you have correctly executed the previous steps using texture and adding details, then you will have about the same result as in the screenshot below. To add the character “superhero”, you can add shine to her eyes. Just use radial Gradient (Gradient Tool) at the top of the eye with color from # 10bdee to transparent. Install Opacity (Opacity) 50% and change the blending mode to Screen (Screen).
Step 11. Create a group at the very top of the layers palette and name it Color Correction. We will create several adjustment layers in it, and they will affect all the lower layers.
1. Fill color (Color fill) set these settings:
Color # 020317 blend mode Screen (Screen).
2. Selective color correction (Selective color):
Red – Reds: +37, -10, -33. +30
Yellow – Yellow: +25, 0, -15, 0
Neutral – Neutrals: +5, 0, +2, +2
Black – Blacks: +20, 0, 0, 0
3. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / contrast):
Brightness – Brightness: 11
Contrast – Contrast: 7
four. Finally, add an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels). Adjust it depending on how you want your image to be darker or lighter.
Step 12. Activate the layer with the girl. Use the selection tool convenient for you and select the part you want to cut. The author has an area around his neck. Paste the selected part to a new layer. CTRL +J. In layer styles use Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), and you get the result, as shown in the screenshot. The effect for the hand, the author did a little different. Create a selection, just standing on a layer with a girl, paste it on a new layer and fill it with color: # 705e53. In layer styles also use Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).
Step 13. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) and draw a figure on the hand of a girl. Fill the shape with color # f3d00a and set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft light). In layer styles add Shadow (Drop Shadow) with an Opacity of 25%. Treat the shape in the same way as you did with the same shape on the forehead in step 9. The author added an electrical symbol that you can draw with the tool Pen (Ren tool) and fill the symbol with color: # FFFFC1.Add a small layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).
Step 14. This stage of work depends on your imagination. The author proposes to add helicopters and lightning. Just unleash your creativity and add anything, until you are satisfied with your result.
Step 15. To complete the work add text. The author used the font “The sans“. Add lightning discharges to the text by copying them from the ones you made earlier and change the blending mode for lightning to Overlap (Overlay). For a text layer, add a layer mask, and a soft black brush with a small Opacity (Opacity) mask the text around the edges and below as in the screenshot.
Finally, to make the image clearer, create a merged layer at the very top of the layers palette using the key combination ALT +SHIFT +CTRL + E. Now go to the menu Filter – Sharpening – Sharpening (Filter – Sharpen-Sharpen). Then reduce this layer Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%.
The final result.
Successes to you in your creativity and to new meetings!