Create a retro poster

In this tutorial, I will tell you how you can create a beautiful retro poster in Photoshop using a photo and various shapes, texture, lighting and color correction. Let’s get started!

Final image:

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) sized 800×1024 pixels, RGB mode, resolution 72 ppi. Create a new layer (fill it with any color) and click on the icon Add a layer style at the bottom of the layers palette, select Gradient Overlay (gradient overlay).

Open the gradient editor and set the settings as shown below. Click OK to close the gradient editor window.

It will turn out like this:

Find a suitable photo of the model, I used this photo from the deviantart website.

Remove the background from the image, use any method you like, for example tools Pen tool (Feather) Magic Wand Tool (Magic Wand), Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso) or Filter> Extract (Filter-Extract). Paste the cut girl onto a new layer in your main document.

Bleach the girl layer with Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (Image-Correction-Desaturate) or just click CTRL + SHIFT + U.

Now take the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and draw 3 small circles, with which you place the layers below the layer with the girl. Choose colors as shown below.

Translator’s Note. To get even circles, hold down the Shift key.

Select the same tool again and draw 3 more circles of the same colors, also place them below the girl’s layer.

Take the tool again Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and draw a few small circles of different diameter, place them all below the girl layer:

Using the same tool, draw 2 more circles above the girl’s head, place these layers below the girl’s layer.

Create a new layer and select a soft white brush (set in the Opacity settings to 20%).

Using this brush, draw a little glow above the girl’s head. Also place this layer below the girl layer.

Now we will create a new texture using the pattern from Bgpatterns.
Download the following pattern.

Open it in Photoshop and select from the menu Edit> Define Pattern. Enter a name for this pattern in the dialog box.
Go back to the main document with the girl and create a new layer. Select from the menu Edit> Fill (Edit-Run Fill) and in the dialog box Fill (Fill) in the line Use (Use) specify the pattern created before this. Place this layer below the girl layer.

Set the fill for this layer to 29% and change the blending mode to Luminosity.

Create a mask for this layer (click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette), and using a soft black brush (set the opacity to 15%), paint over the corners and edges of this patterned layer:

The next step is to add half a circle to the image. For this using the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) draw a circle, then select a tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and holding the key Alt cut half the circle. Use color # A7622E. Place this layer below the girl layer.

Translator’s Note. If you want to rotate the shape, right-click on it and select Free contour transformation.

Duplicate the last created layer with the half circle and using the command Free Transform (Ctrl + T) (Free Transform) resize the copy, rotate it and position it as follows:

Set the Fill for this layer to 0% and click on the icon. Add a layer style at the bottom of the layers palette, select Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) with specified settings.

Open the Gradient Editor and make the settings as shown below. Click OK.

We got this result.

Create a new layer and select a soft white brush (set Opacity to 15%).

Using this brush, draw a small glow over the halves of the circles:

Now take the tool Pen tool (Pen) in the shape-layer mode (Shape Layers) and draw the shapes in the form of stripes as shown below, place the layers below the layer with the girl.

Set the blending mode Hard Light for each layer with stripes.

Create a group of layers and place the three last created layers with stripes into it (select the necessary layers in the layers palette, hold down the left mouse button and drag them to the Create a new group icon at the bottom of the layers palette).
Duplicate this group of layers, and using the command Free Transform (Ctrl + T) (Free Transform) rotate the copy and position as below:

Set the Opacity to 60% for this group of layers:

Take the tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and draw a rectangle.

Set the Fill 0% for this layer, click on the icon Add a layer style and select Gradient Overlay (gradient overlay).

Open the Gradient Editor and set the settings shown below. Click OK.

As a result, we get such a gradient superimposed on a layer with a rectangle.

Now we need to rasterize the layer with the rectangle. To do this, create a new layer above the layer with a rectangle, select both of these layers, click CTRL + E to merge layers. We have a new layer containing the previously set layer style. Place this layer below the girl layer. Using the command Free Transform (Ctrl + T) (Free Transform) rotate the rectangle and position it as shown below.

Using the tool Pen tool (Pen) in the layer-shape mode, draw a shape, as in the screenshot, use white color. Place this layer below the girl layer.

Similarly, draw another shape, smaller than the previous one, take the color # FDB8D7.

Add a layer mask to each of the two most recently created layers, select a black soft brush (set in the Opacity settings to 20%).

Using this brush and being on the layer mask, paint over the top edges of the shapes.

Set the Fill to 25% for the white shape layer and blending mode Linear Dodge (Linear clarifier). For a pink figure, set the Fill 60% and change the blending mode to Linear Burn (Linear dimmer).

Create a new layer, take a soft white brush (set Opacity to 20%).

Paint this brush behind the girl. Place this layer under the girl’s layer.

Add a layer mask to the layer with the girl, take a hard black brush.

While in mask mode, use this brush to hide the girl’s lower legs as shown below:

Create a new layer and select a soft brush.

Set color # D94B17 and paint with this brush on top of the girl.

Put the Fill 19% for this layer and the blending mode Linear Light.

Create a clipping mask for this layer to layer with color # D94B17 was visible only above the image of the girl. To do this, hold down Alt and click on the layers palette between the layers with the color and the girl.

The result is:

Create a new layer, take a soft brush, set the color # F5004F.

Draw this brush on top of the girl in the places shown in the screenshot (use white color below).

Create a new adjustment layer (click on the icon Create new fill or adjustment layer – Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer. at the bottom of the layers palette), select Curves (Curves) and make the following settings to slightly adjust the color.

We can do it like this:

Make three copies of the layer with a tilted rectangle, place each copy of the Fill 30% and place at the bottom of the girl’s legs as shown below.

Now we will add several different shapes to the image and apply layer styles to them. Take the tool Custom shape tool (Arbitrary shape), on the settings panel open a window with a set of figures. Find the figure Sign 1 (Sign 1) in the list, click on it to select it.

Draw this shape on the image (click on the desired point of the image and hold down the left mouse button and drag it to the side).

Translator’s Note. To get a shape with smooth edges, hold down the Shift key. Set the color of the shape to any, and then set the Fill 0%.

Click on the icon Add a layer style at the bottom of the layers palette and select layer styles Inner Glow (Inner Glow)

and Stroke (Stroke).

We get the following result:

Take the tool again Custom shape tool (Arbitrary shape), select the Triangle shape.

Draw a triangle on the image, add the same layer styles (Inner Glow and Stroke). Add a few more pieces to the job as shown below:

Draw another rectangle, take the tool for this Rectangle tool (Rectangle).

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and add a layer style. Gradient Overlay (gradient overlay).

Open the Gradient Editor window and set the options shown. Click OK.

We get this gradient overlay on the rectangle:

Rasterize the layer with the rectangle, as already described above, i.e. create a new layer above the rectangle layer, select both of these layers. Then press CTRL + E to merge the layers. Make five copies of the resulting layer, apply Free transformation(Free Transform (Ctrl + T)) and arrange copies as shown in the screenshot below.

Create a group of layers and place all the layers with rectangles in it (select the desired layers in the layers palette, hold down the left mouse button and drag them to the Create a new group icon at the bottom of the layers palette).
Add a layer mask to the layer group and take a soft black brush (set it to 20% for Opacity).

Use this brush to erase the edges of the rectangles.

Create a new adjustment layer (click on the icon Create new fill or adjustment layer – Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer. at the bottom of the layers palette), select Curves (Curves) and set the following settings for small color correction.

We get the following result:

We are done!

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