Wild West

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll create a wild west poster. The main purpose of the lesson is to show various Photoshop tricks using separate layers.

The photo used in the lesson can easily be replaced by any of yours.
Some steps in the lesson require creativity, so your results may differ from those obtained in this lesson, however, you will get an idea of ​​this technique of doing the work and later you will be able to create interesting works. So let’s get started:

1. Creating the main form

Create a new document of size 800×600pixels
Choose a tool and select a rectangular area as shown:

Double click on the main color (marked in red in the image):

In the window that opens, enter the color # EEE0C5.

Click OK

Choose a tool “Fill” and fill the selected rectangle with the selected color:

Click Ctrl + D to deselect a rectangle.

2. Creating stains

In this part of the lesson we will add arbitrary stains to our future poster, of course you can do it manually with a brush, but I will show you how to do it using the cloud filter.

Change the base color to EECE93. Create a new layer in the layers palette and rename it to “Medium Color” by double clicking on the layer name.
With the tool “Fill” fill this layer with the selected color.
Attach this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G, let’s make it addicted.

Note: layer, which is attached will affect only per layer pixels it depends on, other layers will be ignored.

Add a mask to this layer by clicking “add layer mask” on the layers palette. Press D on the keyboard to set the primary and background colors to white black, respectively.

Go to the menu and select: Filter / Rendering / Clouds (Filter / Render / Clouds)

Go back to the menu and select Image / Correction / Levels (Image / Adjustments / Levels)
We will see the following window:

Change the parameters to those shown in the following figure:

In general, this is just a creative moment and the result of the filter you can choose your own, I got the following:

Click OK.
This is our layer palette at this stage.

The next step is to repeat the process for the newly created layer.
Create a new layer and name it “Dark Color”.

Change the base color to # C1A467and fill them with a layer.
Will produce “Binding” this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G.

Repeat the steps described above with the addition of a mask and the use of the “cloud” filter, adjust the levels to your own taste. As a result, we get something like this:

Change the opacity of the Dark Color layer to 15% and opacity of the layer Average color on 35%

The result should look something like this:

Create a new layer and name it “Dodge and Burn” (Clarifier and Dimmer).
In the menu, select the item Edit / Fill (Edit / Fill) and in the window that appears select the color gray 50% and click OK:

Attach this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G.

Set the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light):

Choose a tool “Dimmer” (Burn) on the toolbar.
Set a medium hard brush size – 70, range – shadows, Exposure – 100%:

Note: At this stage I used a brush of the same size, but you can choose a smaller brush, or change the dimension in the subsequent stages. It all depends on you.
Now the creative stage has come, go with a brush over the drawing, darkening it in some places, I advise you to darken the edges most of all, since in reality they are often picked up and dark traces appear on them.
When the result satisfies you, select the tool. “Clarifier” (Dodge) on the toolbar, use the settings for it similar to the previous tool.
Pass the brush on the drawing, lightening it in some places, as a result we get about the following:

Next, change the opacity of this layer to 40%:

Now let’s work with the Dark Color and Medium Color layers.
Click on the mask of the Dark Color layer to make it active.

In the menu, select Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur (Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur), we enter the value in 2 pixels in the radius settings and click OK.

We repeat the same actions for the “Medium Color” layer, our drawing will look like this:

3. Adding texture

Click on the “Brightener and Dimmer” layer to make it active, create a duplicate of the layer.

Go to menu Edit / Run Fill / Use / Pattern (Shift + F5) either in Layer Overlay Settings> Pattern Overlay (Blending Options> Pattern …)
In the palette with the setting pattern (texture), click on the button with a black triangle (BUT), click on the button with a black triangle again in the pop-up window (AT):

Select “Rock Patterns”:

A window will appear asking: “Replace current patterns with contained ones …”
Click OK. Then select the pattern indicated in the screenshot. (BUT), scale (set) 60 (AT) and press OK:

Set the blending mode for this layer. “Linear dimmer” (LinearBurn) and opacity – 25%.

Rename this layer to “Texture” and attach this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G:

As a result, we have:

Create a new layer and name it “Noise”.

In the menu, select the item Edit / Run Fill (Edit / Fill) and in the appeared window select the color gray 50% and click OK:
Set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

Next, go to the menu Filter / Noise / Add Noise (Filter / Noise / Add Noise) and set the filter parameters as shown in the following figure:

Attach this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G:

Let’s make the “Basic Shape” layer (Active) active and click on the layer palette on the brush icon. Then use the combination Ctrl + click on the layer thumbnail, a selection will appear in the form of a rectangle.

Go to the menu Highlight / Modify / Compress (Select / Modify / Contract) and enter a value of 5 pixels and click OK:

Add a mask to our base layer by clicking on the icon in the layers palette:

Go to the menu Filter / Strokes / Spraying (Filter / Brush Strokes / Spatter) and set the radius and softener parameters to 15

As a result, after we added noise (see the previous step), the image will look like this:

If we now zoom in, we see that the edges look coarse:

Let’s fix it. Activate the mask of the “Basic Shape” layer, select Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur (Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur), we enter the value in 1 pixel in the radius settings and click OK

Go to Image / Correction / Levels (Image / Adjustments / Levels) and adjust the settings according to the following figure:

Click OK, then the edges will become smoother.

4. Torn edges.

Select Brush(Brush) On the toolbar, set the parameters for it as shown below:

Make sure that the “Basic Shape” layer is active (more precisely, the layer mask is active). I recommend saving the intermediate result before we continue. Use the “D” button to reset the colors to standard (black and white).

Now paint a little black brush in random order, for better results you can zoom in up to 300-800%
That’s how it turned out for me:

Just use your imagination and remember, if you do something wrong, just press a key. “X” on the keyboard (to switch to white), and fill in the wrong place for them, press “X” again to return black color.

5. Darken the edges

Activate the top layer, and then click on the button to create a new layer, call it “Dark Edges”

In the menu, select the item Edit / Run Fill (Edit / Fill) and in the appeared window select the color gray 50% and click OK:
Set the blend mode for the layer Soft light(SoftLight):
Attach this layer to the previous one using the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G

Choose a tool “Dimmer” (Burn), set the brush medium hardness, by size 30px, range – Shadows, exposure – 100%

Brush over the edges of the image, for greater naturalness, leave some places intact. You can change the size and stiffness of the brush, as well as the exposure, and use this brush to process part of the image.

After I darkened the edges, I decided to increase the opacity of the “Texture” layer with 25% on 35%. Do the same.

6. Adding scratches.

Activate the top layer, and then click on the button to create a new layer, let’s call it “Scratches”. Button “D” reset colors to standard, black and white.

Choose a tool Pencil (Pencil) 1 pixel size and opacity is 100%. Then key “X” switch the main color to white and paint a few scratches:

Set the blend mode for the layer Soft light (Soft Light) and opacity 45%:

7. Adding bent edges.

Let’s make the “Basic Shape” layer active, select Brush(Brush) opacity 100% and size 10 pixels and erase the left upper and lower right corners of the image at an angle 45%

Activate the top layer, and then click on the button to create a new layer, call it “Folds”.

Using tool Rectangular area (RectangularMarquee) create a selection as shown:

Set foreground color #DBCEAD. Fill the selection with this color. Swipe the same action from a different angle.

Set foreground color #8A7246. Brush Opacity 100% by size one px and stiffness 0%, fill in as shown in the figure (I recommend zooming to 500%):

Repeat the same with a different angle.
Keep shading and brightening to add volume effect. The following figure shows two areas: in blue — dimming is required, and in red, lightening.

Finally, select the tool. Blurtool) by size five px and intensity 20%, a little smear the areas where you brighten and darken.

Click on the “Scratches” layer and then on the button to create a new layer, let’s call it “Fold Shadow”

Set foreground color # 8A7246, select soft brush size 20 px, and draw a shadow under the corner, as shown:

So now our layer palette looks like:

And this is our image:

8. Adding text

Click on the “Folds” layer to activate it, then click on the button Create a new group in the layers palette, let’s call it “Text”.

Create a new layer (it should be in our group)
Choose a tool Horizontal text (HorizontalTypetool) and press D on keyboard.

Choose some bold type and write to them – $ 2500 REWARD (reward).
Similarly, creating a new layer each time we write – DEADorALIVE and WANTED (dead or alive, wanted)

Picking up the font size, and the location we get:

When you’re satisfied with the layout and font size, right-click on the text layer and select Rasterize the text (Attention! The text after that will cease to be editable)

Click on the layer group and set the opacity. 60%, to make the text look faded.

Add a mask for a group of layers.
Go to the menu Filter / Noise / Add Noise (Filter / Noise / Add Noise) and set the filter parameters: number 40%, distribution uniform, monochrome.

Save your project.
Note: Having created a group of layers, we have the ability to perform operations on all three layers in a group at the same time; this is a good example of some of the advantages of grouping layers in Photoshop.

Activate the layer labeled $ 2500 Reward.
Select menu Filter / Plastic (Filter / Licuify), using the following parameters:

Now slowly deform the text, use this method for other layers with text. You should have something like this:

9. Adding a portrait.

In this part of the lesson we will add a photo of a cowboy on our poster. You can take a photo of any other person.

Let’s make the “Text” layer group active.
Now open the portrait and drag it onto the poster.

Rename the layer to “Portrait”. Click Ctrl + T and holding Shift, change the size until you find the right one.
Complete the transformation by pressing Enter.

Making the “Portrait” layer active, press the key combination Shift +Ctrl + U (photo will be b & w).
Blend mode for layer Linear dimmer (Linear Burn)

Press Shift +Ctrl + N, rename the new layer to “Portrait Contrast”, tick as shown in the picture:

Then click Ctrl +Land adjust the levels (levels) according to the following picture or to your liking:

Click OK and for the “Portrait” layer change the opacity to 55%.

Create a new “Portrait Cheeks” layer, click D, then X, thus we set the foreground color to white, and by selecting a soft brush with the size 20px, process a little cheek and beard.

Set the blend mode for the layer to Overlap (Overlay) opacity 40%

Activate the “Portrait Contrast” layer, Click Shift + Ctrl + N Create a new layer “Portrait Noise” and attach it to the previous one.

In the menu, select the item Edit / Run Fill (Edit / Fill) and in the appeared window select the color gray 50% and click OK, set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light).

On the menu Filter / Noise / Add Noise (Filter / Noise / Add Noise) and set the filter parameters: number 30-40%, distribution uniform, monochrome

Let’s soften the edge at the bottom of the portrait.
Make the “Portrait” layer active and add a mask to it, the main color will be black and a soft brush with the size 30 px and opacity thirty% let’s process the bottom edge of the portrait.

Make sure the layer mask is active, go to the menu Filter / Noise / Add Noise (Filter / Noise / Add Noise) and set the filter parameters: number ten%, distribution uniform, monochrome.

10. Add a hole from the bullet.

Make the base layer mask active, select a hard brush with a size 20 px and opacity 100%

Set the main color to black, click on the cowboy’s shoulder, and if the mask is active, we’ll get a hole in our poster, using a white pencil, zoom in to achieve the following:

Tool “Blur “(Blur) with intensity 20% soften the edges of the hole.

Select the “Folds” layer and create a new layer, name it “Dodge / Burn”, attach the new layer to the previous one (Ctrl + Alt + G).

In the menu, select the item Edit / Run Fill (Edit / Fill) and in the appeared window select the color gray 50% and click OK, set the blending mode for the layer Soft light (Soft Light).

Use the tool “Dimmer “(Burn), using a soft brush of 8px size. in the range Mid tones and exposure 100%. Let’s walk along the edges of the hole.

This was the last step of our lesson, now let’s look at our layer palette and the resulting image:

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