Note: This lesson is designed for confident users of Adobe Photoshop, reveals the concept of creating a poster, but does not contain details on the use of fire textures, smoke, text effects. Lessons for creating effects and using different textures can be found on our website.
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Part 1. Creating the background
Create an image size of 1200 by 1500 pixels in Photoshop.
On the layers panel, create a separate group for working with the background, and drag the stone texture prepared in advance.
Use curves to make the background darker.
With the help of curves, you should achieve a darkening effect at the edges, as shown below. In order to leave the center light, you can use layer masks.
Since the pure black background looks lifeless, it is worth adding a little color to it. And you can do this as follows: create a layer filled with color numbered #4b565c, select layer style Overlay (Overlap), Opacity (Opacity) – 60%, and then add a nice cool color to the background. To make the poster more mysterious, I drew a simple geometric pattern using group tools. Figures (Shape Tool), and then put it on the background layer.
Translator’s Note:To draw a geometric pattern, the author used the Custom Shape Tool (Arbitrary figure) (triangle) and Ellipse (Ellipse) (circle).
Part 2. Making Fire Scratches
So, the primary analysis of the components of our scratches:
A: Highest burning point
B: Strong burning
C: Incomplete combustion
D: Ambient light or reflected light
Note that the further the flame spreads from the center of the scratch, the more muted its color becomes.
From the analysis above, we see that the colors of the parts with the flame are fairly simple, and as soon as we understand the rules of drawing, we can paint the part with fire with a brush.
In this part, the most commonly used tool is Brush (Brush). To get a softer effect, set Opacity (Opacity) 10%, Flow (pressure) 10-50%, Hardness (stiffness) 0.
To start with the tool Pen (Pen) Draw a scratch as shown below:
Position the vector image of the scratch as shown in the photo and name the layer “scratches”.
Use the tool Pen (Pen) to paint the yellow part inside the scratch, then create a layer for the shadows inside the scratch layer and paint a shadow using a brush.
Add scratch texture.
Use the brush to draw the line between the light and the shadow, as shown below.
Using the brush again, add a scratch effect to the shine, as shown in the image.
Next, create the effect of burning metal and add highlights that the metal creates.
Using a brush, add reflected light and shine to the scratch.
Create a new layer and add sparks to the scratch. The effect is shown in the image below:
Copy the scratch twice and place copies on the sides of the original scratch as follows:
Add a smoke effect.
So, the most important part of the poster – scratches – is ready. The work is relatively simple: the point is to paint the burning effect with brushes. The process is decomposed in stages in the image below:
2. Light and dark structure
3. Flame effect
4. Reflection (Integral reflection)
Part 3. Poster Title
Add the following text with gradient effect.
Add texture to fonts; the texture for the title — WOLVERINE — is relatively softer, and the texture for the date is denser and darker. I use the clipping mask function, with which you can “insert” a layer of texture into a layer of text, as shown below:
To make the texture and gradient softer, change the blending mode of the texture layer to Overlay (Overlap).
The mosaic method is as follows: place the cursor in the center of the parent layer and the so-called sublayer, hold down Alt / Option (PC hot key), and when the cursor turns into an arrow pointing to the bottom corner, left-click.
Increase the 3D effect for the part of the text with the date and add a layer style, as shown in the image below:
Then increase the 3D effect for the WOLVERINE header.
Convert the resulting effect to a smart object.
Now add a layer style to the layer with a smart object, as shown below:
Add inscriptions in small print, similar to the inscriptions on various posters, as shown in the yellow box on the image:
The last stage is to enhance the effect of fire in the foreground: