I recently watched the movie “X-Men: the Beginning. Wolverine”. Probably many of you also saw this premiere. It was interesting to find out how the story of the X-Men began … Well, that’s all right, let’s get to the point.
And so, I saw a lot of different posters (posters or covers for a film disc) for this film, but for some reason I wanted to make a poster myself, and I made it like this:

And in this lesson I want to share with you the secret of creating this poster.
And so, let’s get started!

Step 1. Create a new document: go to the menu File New (File – New) or press “hot keys” Ctrl +N (parameters look at the picture below).

Step 2. We paste into the created document the texture of the metal (you can even rusty metal) by “copy / paste”. Any interesting texture for you, you can easily find on the Internet. Here is my texture:

Step 3. And now we will carry out the “corrosion of metal”, but not literally destroy it, but cut, or rather, we will make marks from the claws of Wolverine – the main character of the film.
To start, create a new layer, for this you can go to the menu Layer – New – Layer (Layer – New – Layer) or click (for fans of “hot keys”) Ctrl +Shift +N. Make sure that your colors are set to default, i.e. only black and white, if not, just press D on keyboard. And push Alt +Backspase. A new layer will fill you with white. This layer is useful for applying a special filter.
Next, select the tool in the toolbar. Rectangle Tool (U). This is a tool for creating vector shapes. When you choose this tool, set the following parameters for it (they are at the top, the red boxes highlight what you especially need to take into account):

And draw a small strip as shown in the picture below:

But something this strip does not resemble a trace yet. Let’s fix it. Go to menu Edit – Free Transform(Editing – Free Transformation) – or click Ctrl +T. At the top, set the following parameters:

And transform the strip to such a state (only do not try to make it too thick):

As you, probably, have noticed, this strip is vector, with such a strip it will not be convenient for us to work. Let’s turn it into a raster strip. In the Layers window, right-click on the layer with the stripe and select the item Rasterize Layer (Rasterize Layer). You yourself will notice how the strip has a little smoothed out.

But you can’t hold such an even strip with your claws, it is simply impossible! Let’s make it a bit ragged. Go to menu Filter – Brash Stokes – Spatter (Filter – Strokes – Spraying). In the window that opens, put the following parameters:

And so, something already resembles a scratch. But that’s not all, so let’s continue.
We need to remove the white background from the scratch layer. To do this, go to the menu Select – Color Range (Highlight – Color Range). In the window that opens, set the parameter to white;

But white dots still remained in some places (they are not very noticeable), for the benefit of further work they should be removed. To do this, go to the menu Layer – Matting – Defringe (Layer – Matting – Edges). Set the values ​​of one pixel and click Ok. Everything, the scratch is ready, now we will create bends on the metal.

Step 4. Now with the Ctrl key pressed, in the Layers window, click on the scratched layer and create a new layer (as I said, Ctrl + Shift + N). Then go to the menu Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Lighting – Clouds). As you can see, clouds appeared only in the selected part of the new layer. Deselect by pressing Ctrl + D. Now go to the menu Filter – Sketch – Chrome (Filter – Sketch – Chrome). Set these settings:

Already something like metal. Place this “metallic” layer under the scratch layer. Now we will increase this layer a little. To do this, we will use the free transformation already known to you from the beginning of the lesson (Ctrl + T). Hold Shift + Alt and drag the corner reference so that the image grows on all sides. But still, the sides are not so big. Also hold down Shift + Alt and drag by the side (either right or left) reference point. He also does not need to do too much.
It seems to me that the scratch layer is too uneven, it needs to be slightly leveled. Click on the scratch layer, holding Ctrl (a selection will appear around the scratch). Go to menu Select – Modify – Smooth (Allocation – Modification – Smoothness). Set these values:

And now once again with the Ctrl pressed, click on the scratched layer and, without removing the selection, make the metal layer active and press Ctrl + X or Delete. It would seem that nothing has changed, but it will be “useful” for the next filter. Make sure the metal layer is active. Now click 2 times on this layer, you will have a window Layer Style (Layer Style). Pick item Bevel and Emboss (Bevel and Relief). Enter these settings:


If you thought that the metal is too much, then take the tool Eraser ((E) Eraser) and erase the metal where you see fit.
After all this, you should have this:

And so, one cut is almost complete with us. Proceed to the remaining cuts.
Duplicate the scratch layer by pressing Ctrl + J and move it a little to one side (at the same time make sure that the tool is active Move Tool ((V) Moving). Press Ctrl + T and right click on the image itself. Pick item Flip Horizontal (Rotate horizontally). And then do the entire 4th step, just skip the Smooth function. And turn the third scratch by 180 degrees (Rotate180). After all this, you should have something like this:

But something is still missing. For sure! any object that is at a height lacks a shadow! Now make any metal layer active, double-click on this layer (the Layer Style menu will appear). Pick item Drop Shadow (Outer Shadow), and put these settings:

It should look like this:

And so, the cuts on the metal are ready. Now we will make claws!

Step 5. We will make the claw alone, and the rest will be done from it 2.
Well, well, the claw we will do on the new document. Create a new document (Ctrl + N), the dimensions are the same – 500 * 800 px. Fill the background, for example, with black color (this is necessary in order to more easily perceive the image of the claw, so you can fill the background with any color that you prefer).
Next, use the vector form that we used at the beginning of the lesson. Again, draw a strip, but so that it is not the background color, but some other color, for example, my background is black and the strip is white:

Further, everything is familiar to you from the beginning of the lesson: free transformation (do not forget to press the button above for a more curved transformation). Make a strip like this:

And rasterize this layer again.
Now fill this claw almost with two colors:cccccc and666666. To do this, use the gradient fill, i.e. the tool Gradient Tool ((G) Gradient). The settings for the gradient are:

But before pouring the claw, make a selection around it (click on the layer with the Ctrl pressed). And fill the claw from the middle of the image up (or down). Like this:

Now duplicate this layer (Ctrl + J). Press Ctrl + T again (but without the top button) and drag the left landmark to the right. The figure below in red shows the location of the layer after transformation. But you do not even think to paint over this layer, it’s me just to show the location of the layer, and then the colors merge and nothing is visible.

Now call the window Layer Style known to you way. Click tab Inner Shadow (Inner shadow) and set these settings:

In the resulting layer, set the blending mode to Color Dodge (Lightening the basics). Now duplicate the first layer and invert it (Ctrl + I) and place it behind the first layer, i.e. into the background. Now, with the help of free transformation, expand this layer a little to the left.
You should have this:

Now merge all three top layers (2 times with Ctrl + E, but first make the top layer active). And select this claw (I have already said how). Copy it by pressing Ctrl + C.

Step 6. Now go back to the document with the poster and press Ctrl + V. Transform this claw, that is, reduce it in size, and using the Shift + Ctrl + Alt keys, drag the claw by the corner landmarks, while the claw will be in perspective. Like this:

Using a soft eraser, carefully wipe off the edge of the claw, so that it looks like the claw comes out of the shadow.

Duplicate the claw layer and rotate the resulting layer horizontally (at the end of step 4, how to do this is described if you don’t remember). And move the second claw to the left incision. Like this:

Now again go to the document with the claw and again copy it into the poster.
Rotate the claw 180 degrees. Then duplicate it and turn it horizontally, and connect the two claws. It should turn out like this:

Now again with the help of transformation, make a claw in perspective:

Use the eraser to erase a small area in the shadow:

Well, well, the claws are ready, now add the inscription.

Step 7. If we print the inscription ourselves, it will not be true anymore, we need an inscription from the producer of the film. I found a poster in the i-net with the inscription we need. Copy it to a new document. Using tool Rectangular Tool((M) Rectangle) select an area with an inscription and copy it into a poster in a way known to you.
Move the caption to the bottom of the image, set the blending mode to Lighten.
Now call the window Layer Style and click on the tab Stroke (Stroke). Set these values:

Step 8. What is missing is the X-Men logo. Copy it into a document with a poster.

Using tool Magiс Wand ( Magic wand) remove the white color from the logo, and then invert it (Ctrl + I). Set blend mode to Overlay (Overlap). But still the logo is not so interesting, you need to make it a bit worn. In a new document, absolutely any photo, as long as there are more square objects on it (then you will find out why). For example, I took a photo of this kitchen here:

Go to menu Image – Adjustments – Threshold (Image – Correction – Threshold). The more left you move the slider, the more grunge the picture will be:

I did it like this:

Now go to the menu Select – Color Range (Highlight – Color Range) and, as I showed at the beginning of the lesson, select black. Copy the selection to a document with a poster. Then select the grunge layer again and make the logo layer active without removing the selection. Press Ctrl + X. At the discretion, first remove this, try to turn the grunge layer, for example, by 45 degrees. I did it like this:

Step 9. Do not you think that the claws blend a bit with the color of the logo? Let’s select them a little bit. First merge the layers with the claws (there are 3 of them, and you will merge into 1). Then go to the menu Image – Adjustments – Brightness /Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast). Put something like this:

And let’s add some more shadows to the claws. In the Layer Style menu, select the tab Drop Shadow (Outer shadow). Here are the settings for it:

Step 10. And now a little darken the edges of the poster.
First, make sure that the inscription is above all layers.
Under the label, create a new layer and fill it with black. Using tool Elliptical Marquee Tool ((M) Oval selection) cut out the middle of the layer:

Then go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set these values:

And here is the final result:

Good luck!
Author: Zhurov Ilya.

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