How to Design Movie Poster in Photoshop

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Here is a cool tutorial “How to design movie poster in Photoshop”, TADA!

It’s a simple and very useful way for creating posters such as Ad Banners and Movie Posters. Let’s see how it works.

We are going to change this Plain looking image into this.

Looks cool and Professional, let’s begin this tutorial.

STEP ONE:


Go under the File menu, choose
New, and create a new document that’s 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall at 125 PPI, and make sure the Back­ ground Contents pop­up menu is set to White.

 

 STEP TWO:


Go under the Photoshop (PC: Edit) menu, under Preferences, and choose Guides, Grid, & Slices. Since we want to create four squares across, in the Grid section, enter 2.25 in the Gridline Every field and
leave its pop­up menu set to Inches. Then, enter 1 in the Subdivisions field below. The default gray color to the right
would work fine, but I prefer something more visible. So, click on the color swatch and choose a different color. Here, I’ve chosen a shade of green. Click OK when you’re done.

STEP THREE:


Go under the View menu, under Show, and choose Grid. In your image window, you should now see a 4­column grid going across the canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP FOUR:


In the Toolbox, click­and­hold on the
Rectangular Marquee tool, and choose
the Single Row Marquee tool. Click on
the first horizontal grid line at the top
of the document and it will add a selec­
tion 1­pixel high and the width of the
document, snapping to the grid line.
Then press­and­hold the Shift key (to
add to the existing selection) and click
on the other horizontal grid lines to
add selections to them.

 

 

STEP FIVE:


Next, go into the Toolbox and grab
the Single Column Marquee tool (also nested beneath the Rectangular Mar­ quee tool) and use the same process
to add selections to the vertical grid lines (remember to press­and­hold the Shift key to add to the existing selection). Once the selections are
made, click on the Create a New Layer
icon at the bottom of the Layers panel
to create a new blank layer. Press D to set your Foreground and Background colors to their defaults of black and white, and then press CommandDelete (PC: Ctrl-Backspace) to fill the selections with white. Press Command-D (PC: Ctrl-D) to Deselect and then press Command-’ (apostrophe; PC: Ctrl-’) to turn off the grid.

 

STEP SIX:

Open the model shot we’re going to use in the design (or whatever image you might want to use). I liked this image, because of the lighting and the posi­tioning of the model in the composition.
Switch to the Move tool (V) and click­ and ­drag (or copy­and­paste) this image into the grid layout file.

 

STEP SEVEN:


Click­and­drag this image layer beneath the grid layer in the Layers panel. Then, position the image at the top edge of the canvas, as you see here.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP EIGHT:

Click on the Add Layer Mask icon at
the bottom of the Layers panel to add
a layer mask to the model layer and
then select the Gradient tool (G) from
the Toolbox. In the Options Bar, click
on the down­facing arrow to the right
of the gradient thumbnail and choose
the Foreground to Transparent gradi­
ent (the second gradient from the left
in the top row), and then click on the
Linear Gradient icon to the right of
the gradient thumbnail. Press X to set
your Foreground color to black, and
then click­and­drag the gradient up
just a little bit, starting at the bottom
edge of the photo, to fade the image into the white background.

STEP NINE:


Now, to make the grid lines a little
thicker, we’ll use a simple layer style.
Click on your grid layer (Layer 1) to
make it active, then click on the Add
a Layer Style icon at the bottom of the
Layers panel and choose Stroke. Click
on the Color swatch and set the color
to white. Then, set the Size to 2 px
and make sure the Position pop­up
menu is set to Outside. Click OK.

 

STEP 10:

Now, click back on the layer of the
model to make it active and press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) to make a duplicate of it. Then, press Command-Shift-U (PC: Ctrl-Shift-U) to remove the color from this duplicate layer. Go under the Filter menu, under Distort, and choose
Diffuse Glow. Set the Grain iness to 3, the Glow Amount to 5, and the Clear Amount to 10. This will blow out the highlights a bit and give us a stylish grain over the whole image. Click OK. (Note: These settings will vary with different images, so be sure to experi­ ment with other settings to get the look you want.)

STEP 11:


As a result of the Diffuse Glow filter,
the image is left a little flat. However,
you can tighten up the contrast a bit
by pressing Command-L (PC: Ctrl-L)
and running a simple Levels adjust­
ment. You can see here, I’ve adjusted
the Input Levels shadows (black) and
midtones (gray) sliders to darken the
shadow areas. Next, change the layer’s
blend mode to Soft Light, which will
add some stylish contrast to the image.

 

STEP 12:


Now, back to the grid layer. Click on
it to activate it again, then select the
Magic Wand tool from the Toolbox (or
press Shift-W until you have it), and
click inside one of the squares. Press­
and­hold the Shift key and select two
other squares (like you see here or
however many you’d like). Once the
selections are made, create a new
blank layer, fill the square selections
with white, and then deselect.

 

STEP 13:


Click back on the grid layer and use the
Magic Wand tool, once again, to select
three more squares. Then, with your
Foreground and Background colors set
to their defaults of black and white,
click on the Create New Adjustment
Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers
panel and choose Gradient Map. This
will make the selected grid squares
black and white like you see here, giv­
ing us a very cool finished effect. Feel
free to play around with other adjust­ments or colors to get different results.

STEP 14:


Finally, just drop in some text (here,
I used different styles of the Futura
font) and you have a finished layout.
You can see here how I used the white
squares to act as frames for the text.

 

 

 

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