In this tutorial, we will create a poster based on the movie “Godzilla.”
Materials for the lesson:
1. Creating the foundation
Create a new document measuring 27 x 40 inches (standard size for posters). To get the best print quality, the resolution should be at least 300 pixels / inch. However, in this case, the working file will be cumbersome and this may slow down your computer. Since the poster that we are going to create is not designed for printing, I decided to leave the standard resolution of 72 pixels / inch.
Move File – Place Embedded (File – Put embedded) and paste the image of Cloudy Hong Kong 5 on the working canvas. On the top parameter panel, we reflect the image horizontally and reduce it to 60%. When finished, click Enter to confirm the changes.
Make sure that the image layer is a smart object (the layer should be marked with a special icon). Due to this, at any time we can open the photo as a separate document and edit it. What we, in fact, do by double clicking on the layer.
Now we have to hide the sky. To do this, go to Select – Color Range (Selection – Color Range) and click on the sky. Then Layer – Layer Mask – Hide Selection (Layer – Layer Mask – Hide selected areas).
It turned out well, but the result is far from perfect. Let’s try to get rid of the shortcomings. To do this, click on the mask to select it, take a brush (B) and hide excess areas with black color (white restores hidden areas). In the screenshot below, everything that I have hidden is highlighted in red. In the area with houses it is better to use Polygonal Lasso Tool (M) (Polygonal Lasso) for selection and fill (Alt-Backspace). There are no secrets that will help speed up the work, so you have to be patient and try to achieve a quality result.
When finished, save the document and close it. Rename the layer to “City” and add it to the group (Ctrl + G) with the same name. Create a new layer (Ctrl + N) and fill the bottom of the image with black. Call this layer “Black.”
To create a monster, we will use a photo of his statue from Japan. Insert the image of Godzilla on the working paper. The monster is quite small, so we will increase it by 40%. Now the result does not look very realistic, but in the course of work we will fix it.
On the image with the monster, it is also necessary to hide the sky and the building. For this using Pen tool (P) (Pen) Create a contour around the statue.
When finished, go to the panel Paths (Outlines), select the work path and at the bottom click on the button Load path as selection (Load outline as selection).
Having created a selection, go to the layers panel and click on the button below. Add a mask (Add mask) to hide the background. Call this layer “Godzilla”.
Hide the group “City”. Create a new layer “Body”. On this layer black paint over the lower part of the monster’s body. You can not try hard, most will still be hidden by houses and haze.
Create a new “Texture” layer and transform it into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). Activate Clone stamp tool (S) (Stamp), hold Alt in order to take a sample from the body of Godzilla, and paint over the black area. Again, do not try hard.
Make the “City” group visible and get the following result:
Insert the image of Sunset 1 and adjust its size. Name the layer “Sky1”.
On top of the first picture with the sky, we insert another Sky0263 and adjust its size so that it covers the top of the working canvas.
Name the layer “Sky2”, set its blend mode to Soft light (Soft light) and using a layer mask with a soft brush create a smooth transition at the bottom.
2. Creating an atmosphere
Having finished with a basis, we can start color correction. Let’s start with the sky. In the group “Sky” create a correction layer Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map) (color from # 160E0C to # A96733). The opacity of the layer is reduced to 50%.
Now let’s make the sky brighter. Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and set its parameters, as shown below. Fill the layer mask with black Edit – Fill (Editing – Fill), then take the big white brush (B) and restore the central part of the image.
Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Layer blend mode set to Screen (Lightening) and apply the mask, restoring only the middle of the image.
Next, create a new layer and a large soft brush (B) fill it with three colors (# 875422, # C77C37, # F9D978).
Call this layer “Gold”, set its blend mode to Multiply (Multiplication) and opacity by 75%.
Repeat the process with the other three colors (# 3E302A, # D9906D, # FBD98A).
This time set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) and opacity at 100%. Name the layer “Sunset”.
And finally, the last time we create a correction layer. Curves (Curves).
Having created a good atmosphere, we will continue to improve the work. Since the light source is behind, the monster must be darker. In addition, its color tone must match the sky. To do this, we group the layers (Ctrl + G) “Goodzilla”, “Texture” and “Body”, and as a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G) add two adjustment layers above the group – Curves (Curves) and Gradient map (Gradient map). Apply corrective layer parameters as shown below. The group is called “Precomp”.
If you look at the statue, you can see the blue glow on the paw. This can be corrected with a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) if you configure it to edit only blue.
When finished, we get the following result:
We will apply three adjustment layers to the image with the city. Let’s start with Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Customize Cyans (Blue) and Blues (Blue).
Then add Color balance (Color balance).
And the last layer will be Curves (Curves).
All three adjustment layers are converted to clipping masks.
On the original photo with houses the light source is on the opposite side. We have to fix it. Double-click on the layer thumbnail on the layers panel to open the smart object. Create a new layer, set the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication) and paint over houses with color # 2A4467.
When finished, save and close the smart object. We should have this result:
If you look at the horizon, you can see how the colors gradually turn pale, and the details are lost. This is because the air is not really transparent and at a great distance it becomes noticeable. We will also add a light orange haze.
To do this, create a new layer and call it “Haze”. Big soft brush (B) paint godzilla.
To preserve the visibility of parts, reduce the opacity of the layer to 60%.
Repeat the same process for buildings (color # 3D3027).
This time we reduce the opacity to 25%.
Using a mask, we remove the haze from the foreground elements (in our case, these are trees).
Create a new group “FX” and add two adjustment layers to it. Gradient map (Gradient map). Apply colors from # 231812 to white to the first gradient and set its opacity to 30%.
Then adjust the next gradient layer and set its opacity to 25%.
We apply a mask to both gradients.
After that add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance).
In this step, we’ll finish creating the lighting by adding a bright sun. In addition, we will focus on the most important part of the collage – the monster. To do this, create a new layer and fill it with black. Big soft brush (B) draw a large spot in the center of the working canvas (color # 2A170A). Then in the center of the previous draw less (# DFB27F). And, finally, the last and brightest in the center of the previous one (# FDF2DC).
Change the sun blending mode to Linear dodge (Linear clarifier) and place it as shown below. Thanks to this blending mode, you can get a beautiful glow effect.
Now add a vignette to focus more in the center of the picture. To do this, create a new layer, fill it with white color and with a soft black brush draw around the edges. Name this layer Vignette and set its blend mode to Multiply (Multiplication).
3. Add details
The original poster shows skydivers flying on a monster. Smoke tails create lines that allow you to focus on Godzilla. To achieve the same result, we will add piloting airplanes to our work. Open the Red Arrows image in Photoshop.
Press Ctrl + M to open the window. Curves (Curves). Install Input (Login) at 188. Then press Ctrl + U to open the Hue / Saturation window, select from the dropdown menu Blues (Blue) and decrease Lightness (Brightness) to -100.
Then brush(B) paint over the clouds.
Press Ctrl + I to invert the colors of the image. Then Ctrl + A, to select the entire working canvas, copy the selected area (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) it on the working document. Set the smoke blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).
To make smoke tails look more realistic and fit better into the picture, let’s make them darker. For this we use Curves (Curves) and Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Do not forget to activate the parameter Colorize (Toning).
Using Lasso Tool (L) (Lasso), create a selection around the smoke, cut it out (Ctrl + X), paste (Ctrl + T) and rotate (Ctrl + T).
We make this procedure with all the tails. Then rename the smoke layers to “Trail” and change their blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).
In addition, we can add a glow at the tips of the tails. Repeat the same procedure as with the sun. If you do not want the glow to be too bright, reduce the opacity to 70%. Group the layers together (Ctrl + G).
Since this is a movie poster, we need to add some text. Let’s start with the names of the actors. First, make sure you have the Bebas Neue font installed. Activate Type tool (T) (Text) and create seven text layers. On each we write the names of the actors (color # A68B76), the size of the string with the name 42 pt, the surname – 60 pt. When finished, we place all the layers with the names in the “Actors” group.
For the title of the film we use the font Compacta ICG Bold. Activate Type tool (T) (Text) and write the name. Font size set to 250 pt (color # C72F13). Then we take the texture, place it on top of the text and transform it into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). When finished, all the text layers (and Goodzilla, and Actors) are placed in a separate group “Text”.
Set the texture blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).
The texture looks great, but we’ll brighten it up a bit. Activate the texture layer, press Ctrl + M to bring up the window Curves (Curves) and customizable.
For the text with the names of the people involved in making the film, we will use the font SteelTongs, which was designed specifically for such purposes. Names are written in upper case letters, and in lower positions. Font size set to 50 pt (color # 69584B).
For the date we use the font Compacta ICG Bold. The size is set to 100 pt, the color is white.
Now we add the godzilla symbol. If you have Illustrator, I advise you to open this file in it and paste it into a Photoshop document as a layer-shape. Then the maximum image quality will be preserved. To do this, open our file in Illustrator, through the menu Edit – Copy (Edit – Copy) copy it, then go to Photoshop and through the menu Edit – Paste (Edit – Paste) activate the window in which we select Shape layer (Layer-shape). Or paste the hieroglyphs in Photoshop as a regular layer, but with a loss of quality.
Activate the symbol layer, select a dark red color (# 6E0F00) and press Alt-Backspace to fill the symbol with this color. Then set the layer opacity to 70%.
So that the title of the film and the symbol do not merge, we will add a shadow. Activate the “Goodzilla” layer and click on the Add a Layer Style button at the bottom of the layers panel. In the window that opens, select Drop shadow (Shadow) and enter these settings:
To make our work more interesting and more beautiful, we will add some clouds. To start, open in Photoshop the image of Evening Sky 1.
Hit Ctrl + I to invert the colors, then use Curves (Curves) make the picture brighter.
Big soft brush (B) paint the bottom part with white.
When finished, insert the image on the main document, rotate it, as shown below. Via Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) tint the clouds in red. Call this layer “Smoke”, set the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication) and reduce the opacity to 70%. Note that the clouds are between the “City” and “Goodzilla” layers.
Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J), activate the free transform (Ctrl + T), flip the copy horizontally Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontally). Place the layer on the right side of the document. When finished, we group the layers into the “Smoke” group.
We’ll add one more vignette as the final touch. Create a new layer using Gradient tool (G) (Gradient) fill it with a gradient from black to white and from white to black.
Name the layer “Vignette”, set the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication) and place between the groups “Text” and “Paratroopers”.
Please note that there is a sloppy transition at the bottom of the image. We have to fix it. Create a new layer and draw a straight line with a large soft brush (color # 030101). Place this layer immediately above the “Vignette” layer and call it “Bottom Fix”.
We save a separate copy of the document, just in case, after that go Layer – Flatten (Layer – Run down).
Next, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise). Install Amount (Quantity) by 2% and activate Monochromatic (Monochrome).
Move on Image – Image Size (Image – Image size) and reduce the size of the document to 25%. Do not forget to activate the parameter Resample Image (Interpolation) and in the drop-down menu select Bicubic sharper (Bicubic), in order to get the best quality results while reducing the picture.
Author: Tony Aube