Photoshop Tutorial – Simplicity Poster Design

Create this poster in Photoshop using some free textures, a font, gradient and stock image and of course, lots of Photoshop’s built in tools.

Simplicity Poster Design

Resources:

Vintage Grunge Textures pack from deviantart.com

Newspaper Texture from deviantart.com

Grunge Paper Textures from deviantart.com

Androgyne Font from dafont.com

Stock Pink Rose Image from deviantart.com

Red Red Wine Gradients: Download here


Step 1

Create a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Step 2

Open Texture 1 from the Vintage Grunge Textures pack

Image>Image Size – apply the following settings:

Image Size Settings

Select>All (Ctrl + A)

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Rename the layer ‘grunge bg’

Step 3

Edit>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Step 4

Open the Newspaper Texture

Select>All (Ctrl + A)

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Holding down the Shift key, stretch the texture to completely cover the canvas

Hit the Enter key to accept the transformation

Set the layer mode to Overlay

Rename the layer ‘newspaper’

Step 5

Open the Grunge Paper 1 texture

Image>Image Size – apply the following settings:

Image Size Settings 2

Select>All (Ctrl + A)

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Set the layer mode to Multiply

Rename the layer ‘paper’

Step 6

Select the Type tool, Androgyne font, size 120pt, foreground colour white

Type in your chosen text

Use the Move tool to place the text as required

Step 7

Open the Stock Pink Rose image

Image>Image Size – apply the following settings:

Image Size Settings 3

Step 8

Select the Pen tool

Create a path around the rose

Right click within the path and click Make Selection

Anti-Alias checked, Feather = 0 – click OK

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Rename the layer ‘rose’

Step 9

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Rotate, flip, resize and move the rose until you have it in the required position

Hit the Enter key to accept the transformation

Step 10

Hold down the Alt key, click on the Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette – hold down the mouse button and navigate to Gradient…

Check ‘Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask’:

Adjustment Layer Settings

Apply the following Gradient Fill settings:

Gradient Fill Settings

Step 11

Select the Brush tool, a large, soft, round brush, foreground colour black

Select the automatically created layer mask on the Gradient Fill Adjustment layer

Mask out the gradient from the leaves and stem of the rose

Step 12

Make the rose layer active

Apply a layer mask by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

Set the opacity on the top toolbar to 20%, foreground colour black

Select the Brush tool and a soft round brush

Mask over the rose

Mask again around the edges to smooth them

Step 13

Duplicate the grunge bg layer

Drag this duplicate layer to the top of the layers palette

Set the layer mode to Multiply

Reduce the layer opacity to around 58%

Optional Step

I wasn’t keen on the headline being so clear on the newspaper texture.

Make the newspaper layer active

Apply a layer mask by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

Select a large, soft, round brush, foreground colour black

Set the opacity on the top toolbar to around 30%

Brush over the headline as many times as necessary and around the area just once to blend the fading.

Step 14

Make the grunge bg copy layer active (top of the layers palette)

Select the Type tool, Tahoma font size 48pt, Bold, foreground colour white

Type the credit for the quotation or your chosen text

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Inner Shadow settings:

Inner Shadow Settings

Reduce the layer fill to 55%

You can now flatten the image by right clicking on any layer and selecting Flatten Image

The finished project:

Simplicity Poster Design


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you found opportunities to change my suggested settings and produce a whole different look to your poster!

Please share any comments with us below.

Carol

I love using and learning Photoshop, and I also enjoy creating resources to share with the world. I am at my happiest when I have free time to further explore all that Photoshop has to offer and learn more about its powerful built-in tools. I hope people enjoy either using or learning from my free resources, and welcome any hints and tips - and of course, if you would like to offer a free resource on this site, please don't hesitate to contact me (top right of the page).

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