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Hey guys here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on Rnel.net, I'm going to show you how to create a retro poster with light effect and custom typography using both Illustrator and Photoshop. I've created this artwork a few days ago, its part of a poster series called "Retro is Future", I thought it could be nice to share some of my knowledge and techniques with the readers of Rnel.net.

By Supercolor, on May 15, 2011, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

Hey guys here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on Rnel.net, I'm going to show you how to create a retro poster with light effect and custom typography using both Illustrator and Photoshop.

I've created this artwork a few days ago, its part of a poster series called "Retro is Future", I thought it could be nice to share some of my knowledge and techniques with the readers of Rnel.net.

  • Resources needed:
  • Space 1 by SadMonkeyDesign-res LINK
  • Stars by Fune-Stock LINK
  • Deep Space V2 by treasuresex LINK
  • zombiestock00057 by zombiestock LINK
  • cardboard by fcayanez on sxc.hu LINK

 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
 

In this first part of the tutorial we're going to create the custom typo and the shapes in Illustrator

Step 1 - Retro is Future Custom Typo

 

Open up Illustrator and create a new document with 1000x1000px. To create the custom text we'll use a lot of the Rectangle Tool (M) and the Direct Selection Tool (A), I've decomposed the parts of the text so you can see how it was done and recreate the text. When you've finished the text, save your document we'll use it later in the tutorial.

 
 
 

Step 2 - Custom Shapes Part 1

 

Create a new document in Illustrator with the same resolution, 1000x1000px; we'll now create some custom shapes. Start by creating a circle shape of 100x100px using the Ellipse Tool (L) with a transparent fill and a black stroke of 50px.

 
 

Next we'll create 4 other ring shapes; I duplicated the original small circle shape each time to create a bigger circle using the Scale Tool. So duplicate the original circle shape, then go to Object - Transform - Scale and enter 250%. Do the same process to create the other 3 ring shapes, scale the 3rd shape to 400%, the 4th to 550% and the 5th to 700%.

 
 

When that's done select all 5 ring shapes and expand them, Object - Expand.

 
 

Step 3 - Custom Shapes Part 2

 

Now let's cut out some parts of the shapes, I used some square shapes to cut out some part of the circle shapes, work on one circle shape at a time, hide the 4 bigger circle shapes and keep the smaller, then select the Rectangle Tool (M) and create 2 squares, one on the top left part of the circle and one on the bottom right, when that's done select all 3 shapes (the 2 squares and the circle) then select the Pathfinder Tool and select the Subtract option. Repeat the same process for the other 4 ring shapes.

 
 
 

Step 4 - Custom Shapes Part 3

 

Now let's cut out and rotate the shapes so it's more original, like in step 3 I worked on one circle shape at a time. Let's start by the first and smaller circle, duplicate the smaller circle layer (I changed the colour of the duplicated layer to blue if it was duplicated one time and to red if it was duplicated a second time so you can see what's changing then apply a rotation to the duplicated layer of 45, Object - Transform - Rotate - 45. Next cut out some parts of the original small circle shape and some parts of the duplicated one using the Direct Selection Tool (A). You can see on the image which parts I kept.

 
 

Repeat the same process for the other shapes; refer to the images for the amount of rotation and the parts to cut out. For the 5th circle shape I duplicated it twice, and applied a different rotation to both duplicated layers.

 
 
 

Step 5 - Custom Shapes Part 4

 

Now let's add some colour to those shapes, I just added some gradients one the shapes, I used three different gradients and changed the angle of the gradient on each shapes, refer to the image below for the colours of the gradient I used and the angle.

 
 

Save this shape document we'll use it later in the tutorial. Try to experiment with different colours and shapes; I created the same style of shapes for an other project using squares instead of circles.

 
 

Step 6 - The NEW Document and Background Texture

 

Open Photoshop and create a new document, I used the A4 International Paper Format with a transparent background, next fill this background layer with black, Edit - Fill - Black, rename the layer Background.

 
 

For the background I used a space texture I found on deviantART called Space_1_by_SadMonkeyDesign_res, you can find it in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded the texture, open it in photoshop and drag it into the poster document. Use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to resize or rotate it.

 
 

Next we'll apply the Mosaic filter on this space texture layer to give a nice pixel effect, go to Filter - Pixelate - Mosaic with a 50 square cell size. Next change the opacity of the pixel layer to 50% and rename the layer Space Texture Mosaic 1.

 
 

Create a new layer, fill it with white, then create a clipping mask on this layer, Right Click on the white layer then select Create Clipping Mask and change the opacity of the white layer to 20%.

 
 

Next duplicate the two layers we just created before, Space Texture Mosaic 1 and white layers, rename the new space pixel layer Space Texture Mosaic 2 and change its opacity to Multiply.

 
 

That's it for the background, select all the layers and place them in a new group named Background.

 
 

Step 7 - Photo Filters

 

Let's add some more colour into the poster, we'll use the Photo Filter Adjustment, Image - Adjustments - Photo Filter. I'm using Photoshop CS4 so I select the Photo Filter in the Adjustments panel, for the first one use a purple colour (I used #9600ff) with 100% density and the Preserve Luminosity option checked. Next we'll create a layer mask on this layer, make a selection of the half top part of the poster using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) then create a layer mask on the Photo Filter layer we just created, Layer - Layer Mask - Reveal Selection.

 
 

Repeat the same process on a new Photo Filter Adjustment but this time use a blue colour (I used #0096ff) and create a layer mask selecting the bottom half part of the poster.

 
 
 

Step 8 - Stars Pattern

 

Now let's create a nice star pattern using a star texture I found on deviantART called Stars by Fune-Stock, you can find it in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded the star texture open it in Photoshop, next desaturate the texture by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U, then select all the canvas, Select - All a go to Edit - Define Pattern, name the pattern Stars.

 
 

Go back on the poster document then create a Pattern Fill, Layer - New Fill Layer - Pattern, select the star pattern we created before with 500% for the scale then change the Blending Mode of this Pattern Fill layer to Color Dodge and rename the layer Stars 1.

 
 

Create an other Pattern Fill layer with the star pattern but this time with 600% for the scale, change the Blending Mode to Color Dodge and rename the layer Stars 2.

 
 
 

Step 9 - Vibrant Colours

 

In this step we'll just add some colours on the poster, first create a new layer, rename the layer Pink Highlight then select the Brush Tool (B), with a soft rounded brush of about 1500px paint on a large part of the document with pink (I used #ff4ec0), change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light and its opacity to 50%.

 
 

Repeat the same process on a new layer, this time with a blue tone (I used #4d83ff), paint on the half bottom part of the poster, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, the opacity to 50% and rename the layer Blue Highlight.

 
 
 

Step 10 - Custom Shapes

 

Here's the time we use the custom shapes we created in Illustrator a few steps ago, open Illustrator again and load the custom shapes document, select all the custom shapes, copy them, next go back on the poster document in Photoshop and paste the shapes. When that's done, rotate all the shapes 180, Edit - Transform - Rotate 180 and rename the layer Circle Shapes.

 
 

Create a new layer, fill it with white, then create a clipping mask on it, Right click on the layer and select Clipping Mask. Change the opacity of this layer to 25% and rename the layer White Highlight.

 
 

Now let's add some blur effect on the shapes, duplicate the Circle Shapes layer, place the new one under the original one. Next apply a Radial Blur filter on it, Filter - Blur - Radial Blur with an amount of 40, choose Zoom for the blur method and Good for the quality. Rename this layer Circle Shapes Radial Blur, change its Fill to 50% and its Blending Mode to Color Dodge. Place all the layers we created in this step in a new group, rename the group Circle Shapes.