Vintage poster design in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial, we will show you how to create a vintage poster using special scuffed textures. In the end, you get a pretty layout from the distant 50s of the last century.

Step 1

To download the necessary textures, go to the author’s portal, leave your email address in the “Enter Your Email Address” line, click “SUBSCRIBE FREE”. Enter your email, you should receive an email with a link confirming your email. After confirmation, visit the lesson page.

At the beginning, under the line “Then download your freebies”, enter your email address and click “Download the freebies”. A page will open, where you can download the necessary textures in high resolution.

Open Adobe Photoshop, create a new document, fill the background with a solid, soft pastel color. # bbe4de.

Step 2

Using tool Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Tool “Oval area”) draw a circle in the center of the canvas, creating a new layer, fill the selection with the following color # d9c2cb.

Step 3

For convenience, create vertical and horizontal guides that intersect at the center of the circle. Select Rectangular marquee tool (M) (Tool “Rectangular area”), from the center to the upper border, draw a selection, as shown in the image below. Click Ctrl + T, for free selection transformation. Right-click on the figure, select Perspective (Perspective).

Step 4

Make the bottom of the same, click Enter. Create a new layer, fill the selection. # c3a4b0.

Step 5

Click Ctrl + J, to duplicate the layer, then turn on the Free Transform feature with the command Ctrl + T. Right click on the shape and select Flip vertically (Flip Vertically). Place the duplicate under the first shape, then merge them into one layer.

Step 6

Duplicate the resulting two-layer layer with a familiar command. Ctrl + J. Using Free Transform, expand the duplicate horizontally. Hold down the key when turning. Shift, for fixing at a certain angle of rotation.

Step 7

Repeat the previous steps, duplicating and expanding the layers so that the rays emanate from the center of the circle. After finishing, merge all the rays into one common layer.

Step 8

In the Layers Palette click with the key pressed Ctrl On the icon of the layer with a circle, after that a selection will appear. Make a little less selection. Select – Modify – Contract (Selection – Modification – Compress), enter in the line ten pixels and click OK.

Step 9

Fill, creating a new layer on top of the rest, the selection is pale yellow # f6f7db.

Step 10

Again create a selection of a circle, but at this stage, from a new circle. Reduce in size by ten pixels in the same way Select – Modify – Contract (Selection – Modification – Compress). Then press the key Delete to remove excess. There will be a ring of yellow color.

Step 11

Let’s start a little “destroy” the design, using grunge textures. Load previously downloaded textures into our work. Resize them to fit the main document.

Step 12

As previously mentioned, load the selection by clicking on the layer thumbnail, with the key pressed Ctrl. After that, clicking on the layers create Layer mask, hiding the area around the selection.

Step 13

Repeat the previous two steps for the different textures you downloaded. It is not necessary to hide areas at once at all layers, experiment according to your taste.

Step 14

Insert in our document one of the textures on top of all layers, adjust its size to the size of the canvas. Invert the color to white. Change Opacity on 40%, so that the texture did not pay much attention to itself and went to the background.

Step 15

Download from the Internet Mission Script font. On the right above the button “Download” enter any number and click Enter on the keyboard to download the archive. Install the font in the system. In Adobe Photoshop, select the tool Type tool (T) (Horizontal Text Tool) create a caption across the entire circle as shown in the image below.

Step 16

Turn on the Free Transform function for text, right-click on the text, select Skew (Bevel). Pull the right side, grabbing the edge and sliding it up. Increase the size of the text so that it goes out of the circle, but remains centered.

Step 17

Select the first letters of each of the words, significantly increase their size. This will not only change the distance between the letters, but also this technique is similar to the typography of the logos of the 50s.

Step 18

Duplicate the text layer, move it under the original layer. Via Move Tool (V) (Move tool) position the duplicate just below, as in the following image. Change the color to a gentle turquoise (# 9bc8c1).

Step 19

In the Layers Panel, double-click on the duplicate text layer; the Layer Style window will open. Select Stroke (Stroke) Size five pixels color # bbe4de, to create a second substrate.

Step 20

Create an additional duplicate of the text layer. Change its color to the same one that was used to create the rays. # c3a4b0 at the beginning of the lesson. Add a Stroke (Stroke) Size 7 pixels, color identical to the text, having received the third additional contour.

Step 21

In the Layers Panel, click on the thumbnail of the text layer (original layer, Step 15). Add a selection, then squeeze it through the menu. Select – Modify – Contract (Allocation – Modification – Compress) on ten pixels Create a new layer on top of the rest. Fill the selection with a pale yellow # f7f8d8.

Step 22

With help Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) (Polygonal Lasso tool) Create a rectangular selection with the right side elevated, as shown in the image below, by dividing the text in half. On a layer with a pale yellow color, click Delete, removing the top half.

Step 23

Create alternately stripes of the same thickness, but with different distances from each other. Press down Delete to remove parts. Thus, you get a very popular vintage fading effect.

Step 24

Create a group of layers, move into it all the layers related to the text. Add a layer mask for the group. As before, with the help of the texture, “destroy” the text, giving it a rub from the old days.


With the help of vintage and grunge textures it is very easy to achieve the effect of antiquity, the main thing is to learn. Therefore, this lesson will help you to create a real logo from the 50s of the last century, which merciless time battered. Good luck in drawing!

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