Horror Movie Poster

Every year, Halloween gives us an excellent opportunity to create our own design works, using grunge brushes and textures that are in our collection. In this tutorial, step by step, you will learn how to create a horror movie movie poster in retro style. We will create a low quality red and black image using Spray brushes to create a horror theme design.

Materials for the lesson:

Final result

In the design of the movie poster for the horror film, which we will create in this lesson, the characteristic feature is a zombie. To achieve the maximum effect, the design of the poster will be made in red and black shades, the image will be of poor quality with a grainy texture. When creating this movie poster, we use the technique that was used in the old design school for low-budget films.

We will need an original image with a character who will act as a zombie for our poster. Look for images with angry / scary faces on stock resources. I found one suitable image on the stock resource ThinkStock.

Apply to source image Gradient Map (Gradient Map), gradient type: black and white to convert the original image to black and white.

Next, go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) to enhance image contrast. Shift the shadow slider to darken the image.

Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range) and in the drop-down menu, select the selection Sveta (Highlights). Press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the active selection, then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection onto our working document.

Fill the working paper with black. Double click on the zombie layer to make a window appear. Overlay options (Blending Options) and in the window that appears, select the option Color overlay (Color Overlay), set the color to red.

An earring is visible on our character’s ear, so create a selection around the image of the earring, and then fill the selection to hide the image.

Instead of neat hair lines on a zombie’s head, we’ll add some bloody splashes. Create a new layer on top of the ‘zombie’ layer. Using a brush, paint a different kind of spray, as shown in the screenshot below. Just do not overdo it, try not to paint over the zombie’s facial features, pay more attention to the drawing of drops and splashes.

To the spray layer, add a layer mask. With the help of the same brush, hide the extra spray on the face.

Create a new document, select a small hard brush. Next, go to the settings window brush. Select an option Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), change Size fluctuation (Size Jitter) and Interval (Spacing) to get a rough and curved line.

Using the brush created, write the name of the movie. I wrote “The Flesheater” based on rough and torn lines.

Writing freehand text helps to avoid duplicating the design of letters that occur as a result of using fonts. In addition, in the design of horror movie posters, movie titles are often engraved, carved, or created from blood spatters, so this effect is easy to create by hand.

Transfer the title of the movie you created in the previous step to our working paper. Apply layer styles to text. Color overlay (Color Overlay), set the red color to match the red color of the poster design.

Using the Spray brush, add blood drops and splashes to the text to give the text a bloodied style.

Move the name of the film to a more prominent place on the poster, because the title may close the character image or get lost in the background.

Once again, select the Splatter brush, using this black brush, hide the lower part of our character on a new layer. These splashes will help us combine the rough texture of the layer with the zombies.

Add captions to give the poster a more realistic look. I purchased the Billing Block caption template on the Graphic River website, which I quickly pasted onto the working document; the entire caption block can be customized according to your movie information.

Since Our poster belongs in style to the old design school for low-budget films, then using the texture of folded paper will be a great solution for creating the feeling of an old poster that has been folded and forgotten in a back pocket for a long time.

Open the paper texture. Move the texture to our working paper, placing it on top of all the other layers. Apply bleaching to the texture, and then change the blend mode for the texture layer to Lightening (Screen). Adjust the opacity of the texture layer so that the effect of the texture is visible, so that the folds of the paper texture are visible so that it is not too rough folds.

In conclusion, let’s give the poster a retro style and a slightly aged look. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Fill this layer with dark blue. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) to give the dark areas a delicate blue tint that will help create the effect of faded ink that is present on old prints.

So, we have completed work on the creation of a film poster. The grainy texture of the photo and the Brush Splash helped create a horror poster, while the red-black palette and wrinkled paper texture gave the design a more aged look.

Final result

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