How I Make My Posters: One Poster A Week 1 Tutorial


To add some educational value to my art, I’m currently doing a poster challenge on my Instagram and creating a tutorial for each poster. These tutorials are aimed towards those who already have some knowledge of graphic design, although you can follow along if you’re a newbie.


Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Document Size: A4 Preset

  1. Hide the Background Layer
  2. Create a new layer
  3. Make a Square using the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” and use the “Gradient Tool” to fill it with a gradient opaw 1 square
  4. Create another layer and select the “Pen Tool” to make a path
  5. Choose the “Smudge Tool” and select “Hard Round Pressure Opacity” on the brush tab
    • Pick a size that fits within the square
    • Click “Sample All Layers”
  6. Select the Paths tab (next to the Channels Tab), right-click the Work Path, and select “Stroke Path”
    • For the Tool, click “Smudge Tool”opaw 1 abstract shape
  7. Once you have your shape ready, hide the square with the gradient, make another layer, and place it under the shape layer
  8. Go to the “Brush Tool” and select a round brush
    • Make the color black and change the size to a higher value of the one used for the “Smudge Tool”
    • Align the brush to the top center of the shape to make it look like the shape is coming out of the black circle
  9. Create a Solid Color Fill Layer
    • The hexadecimal value I used: “f9dfdf”
  10. Create another Solid Color Fill Layer
    • Right-click the layer and convert it into a Smart Object
  11. Go to the Filter Gallery and select these two filters from the Filter Gallery:
    • Grain
      • Intensity: 32
      • Contrast: 38
      • Grain Type: Enlarged
    • Halftone Pattern
      • Size: 2
      • Contrast: 5
      • Pattern Type: Circle
    • Optional filter: Ripple
      • Amount: 748%
      • Size: Medium
  12. Select the black circle layer and add the Reticulation filter in the Filter Gallery
    • Mess with the values so that there are little white speckles in the circleopaw 1 abstract shape and circle
  13. Change the Blending mode of the Solid Color Fill Layer with smart filters (rename to “grain”) to either Screen or Soft Light
  14. Duplicate the “grain” layer and place it above the shape layer to create a Clipping Mask
    • Change the Blending mode to Overlay
  15. Make a screenshot of the project by pressing the keyboard keys CTRL+Shift+ALT+Eopaw 1 filters
  16. For the finishing touches, I used the following edits:
    • Vibrance
      • Vibrance: 100
      • Saturation: 0-20
    • Curves
      • Input: 40
      • Output: 40
    • Photo Filter
      • Warming Filter (85)
      • Density: 50%
      • “Preserve Luminosity” option selected
    • Add Noise
      • Amount: 17%
      • Distribution: Uniform
      • “Monochromatic” option selected
  1. Export the project as a .JPG or .PNG

To view more of my artwork or to request more tutorials, be sure to follow my Instagram page (@bryancreatesandcopies) and leave a comment below with a link to the post.


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