Create a Wildlife Movie Poster in Photoshop

?In this lesson we will learn how to create a professional poster for a movie about wildlife. You will learn how to use adjustment layers and masks to combine the color palette of the entire composition, to more accurately convey the style and atmosphere of Africa, to choose the right color scheme, to feel all the bright colors and the warmth of the local climate.

Final image:

This is how the image that we will create will look like:

Step 1

Create a new working document of 600 × 650 px and a resolution of 72 ppi in Photoshop.

Open the sunset image and drag it to our document. Change the size and position of the photo, as in the picture below:

Translator’s Note: To resize, use the Transform tool: Editing (Edit) – Transform (Transform) – Scaling (Scale).

Step 2

There is too much red in the bottom of our canvas. To fix this, create a new layer and name it “yellow”: Layer (Layer) – New layer (New Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N). Using the Gradient tool, fill the canvas from bottom to top: Gradient (Gradient Tool), style – linear, color – from # fbac22 to transparent.

Translator’s Note: For more subtle shades of yellow, change the blending mode of the layer with gradient to Screen (Screen), with an opacity of about 50%.

Step 3

Above the gradient layer, paste the texture of crumpled paper into our work.

Now apply a Levels adjustment layer to the texture layer as a clipping mask: Layer (Layer) – New adjustment layer (New Adjustment Layer) – Levels (Levels).

Layer setting:

71 / 1.00 / 216

This will help achieve greater clarity and contrast for our texture layer.

Now go back to the crumpled paper texture layer and reduce opacity (Opacity) up to 10%. In addition, set the layer mode – Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 4

Now open the photo with zebra as a new document:

The goal is to make all black stripes of our zebra 100% black. Color the zebra layer: menu Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Discolor (Desaturating).

Now merge all the layers into one: Layer (Layer) –Run down (Flatten Image). Go to the menu Allotment (Select) – Color range (Color Range). Using a pipette, click on one of the zebra stripes, scatter (fuzziness) 200%. All black areas will be highlighted.

Step 5

Copy the selection from the last step. Then drag the selection to our document and position above all layers.

Now change the blending mode of this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce opacity (Opacity) up to 25%

Step 6

Open the animal image and drag it to our document.

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 35%. Add a layer mask, and using a watercolor brush, black color on the layer mask, hide the upper border of the image, so that the animals are smoothly written into the overall picture.

Now apply the Levels adjustment layer to the animal layer as a clipping mask: Layer (Layer) – New adjustment layer (New Adjustment Layer) – Levels (Levels)

Layer setting:

36 / 0.67 / 201

And adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

Layer setting:

  • Color tone (Hue): 0
  • Saturation (Saturation): -50
  • Brightness (Lightness): 0

Step 7

Now create a layer called “Waves”. Layer (Layer) – Newlayer (New Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N). Using the Gradient tool, fill the canvas from bottom to top: Gradient (Gradient Tool), style – linear, color – from black to white.

For the “Wave” layer, apply the Wave Filter: Filter (Filter) – Distortion (Distort) – Wave (Wave). Apply the following settings and click “OK”:

Filter Settings:

  • Number of generators (Number of Generators): 5
  • Type of (Type): Sinusoidal
  • Wavelength (Wavelength): (min: 5, max: 30)
  • Amplitude (Amplitude): (min: 5, max: 35)
  • Scale (Scale): (horizon: 100%, vertical: 100%)

Rasterize the layer (Layers – Shredded – Layers (layer – rasterize – layer)). Using the Transformation, make the “Wave” layer look like the image below: Editing (Edit) – Transform (Transform) – Distortion (Distort).

Now lower the opacity of this layer to 50% and change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Now apply a layer mask and, using a soft black brush, mask the edges of the heat shape, creating the illusion of heat from the hot earth.

Step 8

Now it’s time for our main character. Insert a zebra image into our work.

Create a layer mask, and using black brushes of various sizes, paint over the layer mask and remove the background around the animal. Then use a black brush, from the watercolor set create an artistic effect in the lower part of the zebra and on the left. If you make a mistake, just restore the layer mask!

Apply a correction layer to the zebra layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (complete with clipping mask) and lower the Saturation to -100 to discolor the image.

  • Color tone (Hue): 0
  • Saturation (Saturation): -100
  • Brightness (Lightness): 0

Step 9

Using the tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type), create a caption, center the text at the bottom of the work. The author used the following font settings:

Title Text Settings:

  • Name fonts (Font Face): Proxima Nova
  • The size (Size): 100 pt
  • Inscription (Styling): Bold
  • Kerning (Kerning): -50
  • Colour (Color): 000000

Now apply a layer mask to the text layer. Use one of the watercolor brushes, with 20% opacity, black paint over the layer mask, giving the text a grunge effect.

For a text layer, apply a layer style. External glow (Outer Glow).

Layer style settings:

  • Mode Overlap (Overlay).
  • Opacity (Opacity): 70%
  • Colour: Ffffff
  • Swipe (Spread): 0%
  • The size (Size): 10 px

Step 10

Create a reflection of the text, to do this, duplicate the layer with the text and reflect it vertically: Layers (Layer) – Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer), Editing (Edit) Transform (Transform) – Flip Vertically (Flip Vertical). Move the layer with the reflection, placing it under the main text. Create a layer mask and paint with a soft black brush on the layer mask, hide part of the reflection.

Step 11

Open the image of the TV icon and insert it into our work, placing it in the upper left corner, and, if necessary, reduce or enlarge it. Using the tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type) create a text about the time of the film. Now, as in Step 9, apply the layer mask to the text layer. Use one of the watercolor brushes, with 20% opacity, black paint over the layer mask, giving the text a grunge effect.

Text settings:

  • Namefonts (Font Face): Proxima Nova
  • The size (Size): 16pt
  • Inscription (Styling): Bold
  • Kerning (Kerning): -50
  • Colour (Color): 000000

Apply a layer mask to the text layer. Use one of the watercolor brushes, with 20% opacity, black paint over the layer mask, giving the text a grunge effect.

Step 12

We need to attract the attention of the audience to the center of the canvas. To do this, create a new layer called “Vignette”: Layer (Layer) – New layer (New Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N). Choose a large soft black brush (100% opacity), paint over the corners of the canvas, creating the illusion of a vignette.

Then, to make the effect more subtle, reduce the opacity of this layer to 10%.

Step 13

Well, we have reached the final correction. Create a new layer, name it “lightening / darkening”: Layer (Layer) – New layer (New Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N). Go to the menu Editing (Edit) – Fill (Fill) and in the drop-down list of the dialog box, select 50% gray color. Then change the blending mode of this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Using a soft black and white brush about 10% opacity, paint over the image to give it a larger volume.

And we did!

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