Here is a variant re-creation of a popular movie poster...any
guess which one?? Create a new document (File: New) with these dimensions.
Now use the rectangular marquee tool and make a selection like
this. With red as your foreground color (and a new layer created) fill the
selection with red.
Now go to Select: Modify: Contract and choose 15 pixels. This
will keep the selection in proportion while shrinking it down.
Now Edit: Cut and you have a rectangular frame left over.
Now use a blocky font like IMPACT. You are going to have to do a
lot of special modifications here so make sure you have the Character palette
available (which you can choose from Window menu). With red as the foreground
color, start typing your text.
You can edit text separately within the text layer by selecting
type within the text edit field but in this case I’m going to Edit: Cut and
Paste some type out of there and put it on its own layer for a little more
control....ok by now you've probably guessed which movie.
Now we’re going to create a layer mask on the red frame layer.
In this case I’ve made a copy just in case I make other adjustments to it I have
an original. With layer masks, you can turn them on or off if you want. We are
going to create the splotchy, weathered effect. Do this by choosing a course
brush from the brush palette or options bar. This is an example where we’ll want
to use different shades of grey instead of just pure black. To fully
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What you will do (on the layer mask) is go ahead and “dab” onto
the layer to let the brush hide some pixels in its own special way. This creates
the weathered effect, so just go around the layer and thoughtfully balance out
your dabbing so it doesn’t look too deliberate (even though it is), making some
parts more weathered (by using darker grey or black) than other, less
Make some copies of your text layers. Create a layer set for
organizational purposes by clicking on the layer set ‘folder’ at the bottom of
the layers palette and dragging the original ‘text editable’ layers into it.
Right click on each of the layers (one of each, copy or not doesn’t matter) and
choose Rasterize Layer. This will create the vectorized text into bitmap
essentially, so you can now treat it like a normal layer.
Add a layer mask and duplicate the same effect that you have
just done with the weathered frame. Do this with each layer, the paintbrush
Remember to use different shades of grey. The closer to white
you are when masking, the more the original pixels will show up so there will
only be a lighter ‘hiding’ effect.
To keep a copy of the original layers themselves in a file is
always a priority so you can come back later and edit. Now go to Image:
Duplicate to create an exact replica of your .psd document. Now go to the Layer
menu and Flatten Image. This will merge the layers together into one layer. Now
that you now have a simple layer of your mini-design you can now drag that layer
into another document.
Choose Edit: Transform: Rotate and tilt it at an angle. This
just seems like an intuitive thing to do anyways in this case as a graphic
designer. It brings more “stature” to its role as an important part of the
Now get the magic wand tool and select the white outside area of the layer.
Right click and choose Similar and then Edit: Cut. Using this logo and creating
it with a white background means that we’ll probably have to cut it out (the
white) if we put it on any kind of background (imagine what it would look like
on a black background because you just want the red logo and the red frame now
the white background).
So I purposely looked for a white background photograph which
would just make for a nice clean fit for the logo/title (also being influenced
by the “movie of a similar name” vhs packaging).
We want a nice, clean crisp image and this photo has kind of a dirty laundry
white so lets easily fix that by going to create Levels adjustment layer and
bring up the light by dragging the white slider to the left. Whammo! This is the powerful of Photoshop at work.
Now just create some complementary text...Minion works well for
Note the pure, clean whiteness of the design with
the logo fitting in perfectly...it’s important to get rid of that
dingy background because now it looks like a real bus stop
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