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Members Area Tutorial: Design an Action Packed Movie Poster

Members Area Tutorial: Design an Action Packed Movie Poster

In today’s Photoshop design lesson you’ll be learning how to create an action packed movie poster design.

This is a great way to take your Photoshop skills and apply them to a real, actionable project spec that you can then transfer to your client projects.

This lesson will teach you a variety of actionable techniques such as:

  • Using advanced lighting techniques to create a dramatic scene.
  • Creating 3D text and effects in PS CS6 using just Blending Modes and layer properties.
  • Working with lighting and shading.
  • Creating a war scene through multiple image blending
  • Cinematic style color correction.
  • and many more interesting techniques to make your design work easier and more fun!

Creating a Movie Poster

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Step 1

In this step we are going to arrange the soldiers in order.

1) Create a new canvas in Photoshop with the dimensions Width=3000px and Height=4147px. Then import the image of the Soldier on to the canvas and it in the center as shown.

2) Now import two more soldiers on to the canvas and place them as shown, illustrating as if they got each other’s back.

Step 2

In this step we are going to create the Buildings BG.

1) Erase the sky in the Buildings image using Magic Wand Tool (W) and import the buildings on to the canvas and place them in the background.

2) Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the buildings layer and set the Saturation level to -59.

3) Now create an Exposure adjustment layer to the buildings layer and set the Exposure level to -0.46 and Gamma Correction to -0.50.

4) Create a new layer above the buildings layer and paint the shadows as shown using the Soft Round Brush (B).

Step 3

In this step we will be creating the night sky in the scene.

1) Import the image of the sky on to the working canvas and place it behind the buildings layer.

2) Now de-saturate the sky layer to -62 using the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

3) Using the Exposure adjustment layer increase the Offset value to -0.0174 to enhance the dark values of the sky image.

4) Now create a Curves adjustment layer to the sky layer and set the RGB curves as shown.

Step 4

In this step we are going to create fire sparks flying around in the scene.

1) Create a new layer under the soldier’s layer and paint the sparks as shown using the fire sparks brush using the color #f7c30f.

2) With the sparks layer selected go to Filters>Blur>Motion Blur and set the Angle to 14 and Distance=23px. This creates a natural depth to the sparks.

That’s the end of the preview!

About the Author:

I'm a freelance graphics designer and the Founder of Zillionarts and ZillionArts Workshop. Here we ought to provide the best training on Digital Painting and Visual Effects host by the experienced pros from the Hollywood and Gaming Industry. I work constantly to explore more possibilities and techniques to bring my imaginary worlds to live. You can follow me on Deviantart.

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