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Hey Guy's, here's my new Photoshop Tutorial on Rnel.net, You'll learn how to create a Retro Christmas Theme Poster using some stock image, textures and filters.

By Supercolor, on December 19, 2010, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

Hey Guy's, here's my new Photoshop Tutorial on Rnel.net, You'll learn how to create a Retro Christmas Theme Poster using some stock image, textures and filters.

  • Resources needed:
  • Mrs Claus - 3 by *mjranum-stock LINK
  • Window Frost 7 by ~ElleStock LINK
  • Snow Texture by ~emilyemilybeth LINK

 

Final Result Preview

 
 
 

Step 1: THE New Document and Background

 

Let's Start by opening photoshop and create a new document, I choose the A4 format (2480x3508px) with a transparent background. Then fill the background with black, go to Edit - Fill - Black.

 
 
 

Step 2: Mrs Claus

 

Next let's add a Christmas feel to this poster, I used a stock image I found on deviantART called Mrs_Claus_3 made by mjranum_stock, you can find the link to download it in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded the image, open it in Photoshop and drag it into the poster document, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to resize or rotate it, I've used this tool to flip the image horizontally, Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal. Rename this layer Mrs Claus.

 

Now duplicate the Mrs Claus layer, desaturate this layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U, change the Opacity of the layer to 50% and rename this layer Mrs Claus Black and White.

 
 

Duplicate the Mrs Claus layer one more time, place this new layer on top of the others and desaturate the layer, Ctrl+Shift+U. Next apply a Gaussian Blur filter of about 7.5px radius, Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. To finish change the Opacity of the layer to 50%, its Blending Mode to Overlay and rename the layer Mrs Claus Blur.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Step 3: Frost Texture

 

To add a cold winter feeling on the poster, let's use a frost texture I found on deviantART called Window_Frost_7 made by ElleStock, you can find the link to download it in the Resources Needed section. When you've downloaded the texture, drag it into the poster document, and then use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to resize or rotate the texture. Rename this layer Frost Texture; change its Blending Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 75%.

 
 
 

Step 4: Text on Steam

 

Now let's create a steam text effect, first let's create the text so it looks like it's been written with a finger. Select the Brush Tool (B) with a rounded brush and black for the color. Start writing some text on a new layer, when that's done rename the layer Text, change its Opacity to 20% and its Blending Mode to Soft Light.

 
 

Next we'll create the steam effect around the text, duplicate the Text layer, change Blending Mode back to Normal and the Opacity back to 100% on the new layer, rename this layer Text on Window, then apply a Color Overlay layer style on this layer to change the colour of the text to white, Layer - Layer Style - Color Overlay and choose white for the colour.

 
 
 

Next apply a Gaussian Blur filter on this layer with a 50px radius, Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. To finish make a selection of the original text layer, Ctrl+Left Click on the text thumbnail in the layer box or select the Text layer and go to Select - Load Selection - Text layer. When you've got the selection active of the text layer, reselect the Text on Windows layer and press the Delete key, you should have something like this.