The Bourne Evolution in Photoshop

Create a movie poster for the film “The Evolution of Bourne” in Photoshop CS6. This is a simple lesson, suitable for beginner level. In this lesson, you will learn how to create this movie poster using only the editing technique without loss of image quality.

Final result

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STEP one

First, open the image in Photoshop. To open the image, go File – Open (File> Open). If you use the same image that is used in this lesson, then I recommend that you download a high-resolution image because in the middle of the lesson we frame this image.


Right-click on a layer in the layers palette and in the appeared window select the option Transform at smart-an object(Convert to Smart Object). This option converts our image into a smart object, which allows us to edit the image without losing image quality.


Before we continue the lesson, create a new layer below the layer with our main image. Fill the new layer with black. For this, let’s go Layer – New layer-fill – Colour(Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color). Choose a shade of black and then click OK.


In the layers palette (if the layers palette is not active, then go Window – Layers (Window> Layers), and drag the layer Colour (Color Fill) below the main image layer. Rename the layer with the professional killer to Photo, and the bottom layer to Background. To rename a layer, double-click on the text box of the layer you want to rename.

STEP five

Next, we will create a black and white grid effect using adjustment layers and filters. Let’s start by creating a corrective layer. Black and white (Black White), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black White), then change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Overlap (Overlay).

You can experiment with option settings. Properties (Properties), this option can be activated via Window – Properties (Window> Properties). This is the easiest way to edit a grunge light effect and you can try applying this option to your other photos.

Translator’s Notes: Version CS6 has a new option. Properties (Properties) Window – Properties (Window> Properties). In it, you can customize the layer masks.


Next, add an adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibration (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Vibrance). Reduce the vibration settings until you get only shades of color.

Translator’s Notes: 1. Using a correction layer Vibration (Vibrance), the author slightly muffles the saturation. 2. Those who have an earlier version Photoshop, instead of the adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance), you can use an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and try reducing the saturation value.

After reducing the value of vibration, the image will look like in the screenshot below.


Corrective layers gave our image a grunge light effect, and also hid the details and made the background even darker. But we do not want our image to be too dark, because it can blend into the black background and then the white stripes will not be very visible.

In order to fix this, we will apply a correction Light / Shadows (Shadows / Highlights). In the layers palette, select the Photo layer, then go Image – Correction – Light / Shadows (Image> Adjustments> Shadows / Highlights). Set the value Shadows (shadows) at about 35% and Sveta (highlights) at about 15%, and then click OK.

If you look at the layers palette (translator’s note: in the screenshot below), then you will see that the correction has been applied as Smart Filter (Smart Filter). This happened because in Step 2 we converted the layer with our main image to Smart object (Smart Object). Advantage of use Smart filters (Smart Filters) in that you can change the settings at any time without canceling a number of completed actions.

STEP eight

Next, we add a small grain to our image using a filter. Add noise (Add Noise filter) – this filter will also be applied as Smart filter (Smart Filter), as in the previous step.

First, make sure that the layer with our main image is active, then we go Filter- Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Check the option Monochrome (Monochromatic), and then apply the same settings as shown in the screenshot below. Click OK to add noise.


Next, we will crop and rotate the image. Choose a tool Frame (Crop tool (C), then in the top settings panel, uncheck the option Remove clipped pixels (Delete Cropped Pixel). This action will allow us to not cut off the parts of the image, and stored in memory, and also allow us to carry out the correction to the cut off parts at any time.

Crop the image as shown in the screenshot below. Also, we rotated the image so that the man’s eyes were aligned horizontally. This is very important because when creating black stripes, I want to be sure that the man’s eyes were visible and not distorted due to the lower or upper edge of the created stripes.

STEP ten

Next, we add text to our image. After we add the text, we will know where to place the stripes later. In the layers palette, select the topmost layer, because after you add the text, a layer with the text will appear on top of all the layers. Choose a tool Horizontal text(Text tool), and then add a small text around the image of the man, each line of text should be created on a separate layer. The font I used is Arial.

STEP eleven

Select all the layers with text (holding down the CTRL key will help you select several layers at once), then merge the selected layers into one group Layer – Group Layers (Layer> Group Layers) or press keys (Ctrl + G). Name the new text group.


Group the layers that belong to the layer with the main image (Vibration– Vibrance Black and white – Black White, and Photo). Name this group Foto.


Next, we will add stripes. This is a very simple action, all we need is a tool. Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool). Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool).

Then, in the top settings panel, select the mode Add to selection (Add to Selection), this is the second button on the left. You can hover over the buttons to see what action this or that button performs. Also, make sure the value Feathering (feather) was set to 0 px.

Draw several rectangles as shown in the screenshot below. Start drawing rectangles around the text and eyes, and then immediately after, add more rectangles. If you made a mistake and did something wrong, just press the Ctrl + Z keys to undo the action. Want to start over? Press Ctrl + D to cancel the selection and start all over again.

Translator’s Notes: When creating multiple rectangles, hold down Shift + apply tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool). After you have created the required number of rectangles or stripes, do not remove the selection yet. The continuation will be in Step 14.


In the layers palette, select the Photo group, then in the lower toolbar, click Add layer mask(Add Layers Mask). This action will create a layer mask for the active selection that you created in the previous step.

At the moment, the result should be as in the screenshot below:


We are almost done! Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool) and create a selection around the text. Make sure the foreground / background colors are set by default by pressing the D key. Press Delete to fill the selected area with black. Press Ctrl + D to deselect.

After you finish creating the rectangles, change the tool mode. Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool) on New selected area (New Selection) so that you do not get confused the next time you use this tool.

STEP sixteen

In the layers palette, click on the layer mask of the Photo group – make sure you click on the thumbnail so that we can edit on the layer mask.

Press the D key to set the foreground / background colors as default, then press Delete. This action will fill the selected area with black color. Press Ctrl + D to deselect when you finish the action. The result should be as in the screenshot below:


Remember, earlier we talked about Smart filters (Smart Filters)? This is exactly the example when you find them useful. The background of the main image with a man is too hard, so we need to change the settings of the Light / Shadow adjustment layer (Shadows / Highlights). To make a correction, double click on the correction layer. Light / Shadows (Shadows / Highlights) in the layers palette. Without Smart Filter (Smart Filters), we would have to undo many steps to accomplish this.

I reduced the value Shadows (shadows) and increased the value Sveta (highlights) to create a more realistic look. Click OK after you have made the settings.


To complete the lesson, we will add a small gradient to the text. Right-click on any layer with text and in the window that appears, select the option Overlay options (Blending Options).

Tick ​​in the box Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), and set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below. Parameter Scattering (Dither option) will reduce the gradient overlay using blur and should always be active. Next, click OK.

Final result

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