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How To Create A Movie Poster In Photoshop CS

This Tutorial shows how to create a movie poster, first we will do the background. Next, we’ll add the combat soldier and modify it to suit the poster more. After that, we’ll add some coloring adjustments and we’ll finish it up with the title. You’ll need Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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We will need following photos:

  • Boston City Stock
  • Combat Soldier
  • Spy Agency Font
  • Movie Credits

Step 1

Go to File > New (or press Ctrl+N) and Create a New File at 650×900 pixels at 200 resolution. Name it ‘Movie Poster’ and click OK.

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Step 2

We’ll start with the background. Create a new one by clicking on the Group Icon located at the bottom of the Layers Panel between the Adjustments Layers Icon and the New Layer Icon.

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Rename the newly created group to ‘Background’.

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Step 3

Open the Boston City Stock Photo and place it on the canvas. Try to place the center of the image on the canvas with half of the lampost showing on the left side of the photo and bits of the skyline on the top. You can also re-size it if you prefer to show all of the image. If you are doing that, be sure to convert your image to a Smart Object first as doing so would let you retain the original quality of the image even if you resize it lots of times.

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Step 4

Now that we’re done with the Background, we’ll move on to the Model. Create A New Group and this time name it as ‘Model’

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Step 5

Open the Combat Soldier Photo and remove the background, you don’t need to worry about removing the background of the bottom part(specifically from the knees onward) of the image as we will be covering it up later. You can use various Tools to remove the background: combination of Lasso Tool + Layer Mask; Pen Tool; Quick Selection; Magic Wand; combination of Brush + Layer Mask; Eraser to name a few. Feel free to use whatever Tool you’re most comfortable with. I used the Lasso Tool + Layer Mask.

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Once you’re done Convert it to a Smart Object by Right-clicking on the Layer > Convert to Smart Object… Doing this will not only let us retain the original quality of the image as I stated before, but it will also let us re-adjust future edits we’ll make with no problem.

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