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Here's a new retro poster Photoshop Tutorial for you guys, we'll be using some nice stock images, textures and filters to create a vibrant colour poster. Basic Image extraction like using the Pen Tool and Threshold to extract an object from an image is required for this tutorial. You'll also do a lot of fun Gradient Map Adjustments to achieved this Vintage Retro Effect on your images using Photoshop.

By Supercolor, on November 22, 2010, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

Here's a new retro poster Photoshop Tutorial for you guys, we'll be using some nice stock images, textures and filters to create a vibrant colour poster. Basic Image extraction like using the Pen Tool and Threshold to extract an object from an image is required for this tutorial. You'll also do a lot of fun Gradient Map Adjustments to achieved this Vintage Retro Effect on your images using Photoshop.

  • Resources needed:
  • Darkroom IV Texture Pack by =cloaks LINK
  • Sky Captain - 9 by *mjranum-stock LINK
  • Damn Noisy Kids Font LINK
  • Old Books by ~valkiria-stock LINK

 

Final Result Preview

 
 
 

Step 1: The New Document

 

Let's Start by opening photoshop and create a new document, I choose the A4 format (2480 x 3508px) with a white background.

 
 
 

Step 2: Background Texture

 

For the background I used a darkroom texture I found on deviantART made by cloaks called Darkroom IV Texture Pack by =cloaks, you can find the link in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded it, choose a texture, open it in photoshop and drag the texture into the document. To resize or rotate it use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) and rename the layer Darkroom Texture.

 

Next we'll add a Gradient Map Adjustment on the texture, I'm using photoshop Cs4, so I used the Gradient Map from the Adjustments panel, used blue and green colours for the gradient then create a clipping mask on the Gradient Map layer (Right Click on the layer and select, Create Clipping Mask).

 
 
 

If you're using a previous version of photoshop, just apply the Gradient Map on the texture layer, Image - Adjustments - Gradient Map.

 
 

Step 3: Fly Girl Model

 

In this step, we're going to use a stock image I also found on deviantART made by mjranum stock called Sky_Captain_9_by_mjranum_stock, you can find the link to download the stock in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded the stock image open it in photoshop, then you'll have to cut out the model from the background, use the technique you feel more comfortable with, I used the Pen Tool (P).

When the model is cut out, drag it into the document and resize it with the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) and rename the layer Fly Girl v1, duplicate this layer and hide it, we'll need it for the next step.

 
 
 

Next add a Gradient Map Adjustment to the Fly Girl v1 layer like in Step 2, with the same colours.

 
 

Step 4: Fly Girl Threshold

 

Unhide the Fly Girl layer we duplicated before, we'll need it for this step. Place the duplicated layer on the top and rename it Fly Girl Threshold.

Next apply a Threshold Adjustment on the model, Image - Adjustments - Threshold with about 100 for the Threshold Level.

Next we'll have to delete the white parts from the model, I used the Color Range Tool to select those white parts and delete them, Select - Color Range and select a white part then click ok and press delete.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Step 5: Text

 

Next I added some text on the top left of the poster, I used a font called Damn Noisy Kids I found on dafont. You can find the link in the Resources Needed section, download the font then write some text on the poster, I wrote RNELdotNET creating 3 different text layers, one for each text part.