Minimalist Movie Poster

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a minimalist movie poster. You will learn how to apply textures, create light effects, highlight images, and all this will help create a beautiful font!

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl + N), 1500 px in width and 1929 px in height. Set the foreground color to # fc1919, and the background color to # 000000. Choose a tool Gradient (gradient tool) type gradient Linear gradient (linear gradient). Fill the background with a gradient by clicking at the top of the document + holding down the left mouse button + drag the gradient to the bottom.

Step 2

Next, open the texture. Move the texture to our working paper. Using the tool Free transformation (free transform tool), apply scaling according to the size of the document. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Overlap (overlay), layer opacity is 100%.

Step 3

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N), and then fill this new layer with a linear gradient, gradient colors from white to black. Next, repeat Step 1. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity is 94%.

Step 4

Create another new layer. Choose a tool Brush (brush tool). Set a hard brush, brush size 210 px, brush color # f7e28c. Click on the new layer with a brush. Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(filter> blur> Gaussian blur). Name this layer ‘Moon’.

Step 5

Double duplicate the layer with the moon. Change the blending mode for the first duplicate layer to Lightening basics (color dodge), the layer opacity is 6%, and for the second duplicate layer it is Dissolution (dissolve), the opacity of the layer is 50%. Select all the layers with the Moon, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Name the new group ‘Luna’. Finally, change the blending mode for this layer with the group to Lightening basics (color dodge), layer opacity (75%).

Step 6

Duplicate the group layer once, and then set the blending mode to duplicate the group layer on Lightening basics (color dodge), layer opacity is 38%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 7

Next, we will add branches to our scene. Open the stock image ‘Branches’. Let’s go Selection – Color Range (select> color range). Click on the white background of the image with branches to select color shade samples. Set the value Scatter (fuzziness) at 41, and then click OK to highlight the white background. Press the keys (Shift + Ctrl + I) to invert the active selection. Finally, after the inversion, press the keys (Shift + F5) to fill the selection. Fill the selection with black. Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selection on the new layer.

Step 8

Move the branch layer to our working paper. Change the blending mode for the layer with branches to Overlap (overlay), layer opacity is 100%.

Step 9

In this step, we will add an image of the house to our scene. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Pen (pen tool). With this tool, draw a contour illustrating the image of the house. Once you have drawn the outline, right-click the outline and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (stroke path), select the brush tool as the stroke. Make sure the stroke color is white, and also select the appropriate brush size.

Step 10

Continue to create the outline to complete the image of the house:

Step 11

Once you have painted the house, zoom in on the house by placing the house directly under the moon. Next, go Layer – Layer Styles (layer> layer styles), apply the following styles:

Step 12

Next, add a new adjustment layer to the entire scene: Gradient Map (gradient map). Choose a black and white gradient blend mode for this adjustment layer. Normal (normal), layer opacity 23%.

Step 13

In this step we will draw another image of the moon. Create a new layer. Using a round hard brush, brush color # fd8a03, brush size 210 px, draw a circle.

Step 14

Next, select the tool Oval area (elliptical marquee tool), in the settings in the window Style (style) set option Preset the size(fixed size) 200 X 200 px. Create a round selection as shown in the screenshot below. Next, press the (Del) key to delete the selected area:

Step 15

Duplicate the layer with the month, and then apply a filter to the duplicate layer. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur):

Step 16

Next, duplicate the blurred duplicate layer. Change the blending mode for duplicate layer to Lightening basics (color dodge), 100%.

Step 17

Once again duplicate the blurred duplicate layer. To the duplicate layer, apply the layer styles: External glow (outer glow). Change the blending mode for this duplicate layer to Lightening basics (color dodge), 100%.

Step 18

Next, add another adjustment layer: Gradient Map (gradient map) on top of all other layers. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity 83%.

Step 19

Next, select the tool Horizontal text (horizontal type tool). Create a new layer. Type the word ‘hunted’. Font (New roman), style (bold), font size 30 pt, font color # e0e0e0. Next, rasterize the text layer, name this layer ‘hunted’. Add a layer style to the text layer: External glow (outer glow).

Step 20

Next, right-click on the eye of the layer styles that you just applied to the text layer and in the menu that appears, select the option Form a layer (create layer) to convert layer style effects External glow (outer glow) in a separate layer:

Step 21

In conclusion, what should we do:

Change the blending mode for the ‘hunted’ layer to Overlap (overlay), 100%. Next, duplicate the ‘hunted’ layer; save the same settings for the duplicate layer as for the original layer. Next, go to the layer with the effect External glow (outer glow), change the blending mode for this layer to Linear light (linear light), Opacity (opacity) layer 100%, Fill (fill) 38%. Finally, duplicate the effect layer. External glow (outer glow), and then change the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Overlap (overlay), 100%.

Step 22

In this step, we divide the word ‘hunted’. First, highlight the top of the word, fill the selection (Shit + F5) with black. Then, duplicate the selected area (Ctrl + J) on the new layer. Do the same with the bottom of the word:

Step 23

Move the top of the word a little to the left, and the bottom of the word move a little to the right. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 24

Open the stock image of the model. Using tool Pen (pen tool) or any other selection tool, create a selection around the model image, and then paint the model body with a black brush to hide this part.

Step 25

Next, move the selected model image to our working paper. Apply scaling, placing the model shape at the place where you see fit. Blend mode for model layer Normal (normal), layer opacity 70%.

Step 26

Next, merge all visible layers by pressing the keys (Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E), this action will merge all layers into one layer. On the merged layer, convert it into a smart object. Let’s go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (filter> sharpen> unsharp mask):

Step 27

Switch to the smart filter layer mask by left-clicking on the smart filter thumbnail. Using a soft black brush, hide the filter effect on the filter mask, as shown in the screenshot below:

And we have completed the lesson.

Final result

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