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Hey creative people, here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on how to create a Retro Sky Poster in Photoshop which can also be use as a nice wallpaper. We will be using Rectangular Marquee Tool, Blending Mode Adjustments, Layer Mask Selection, Free Transform Tool and some other easy to follow design instructions. This tutorial also covers the process on how to create a custom brush and therefore at the end of this tutorial aside from learning how to create your own Retro Style Poster that can be use in any of your future graphic designs and illustrations, you can also start creating your own unique set of brushes for your creative and distinct graphic designs and compositions!

By Supercolor, on October 13, 2010, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

Hey creative people, here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on how to create a Retro Sky Poster in Photoshop which can also be use as a nice wallpaper. We will be using Rectangular Marquee Tool, Blending Mode Adjustments, Layer Mask Selection, Free Transform Tool and some other easy to follow design instructions.

This tutorial also covers the process on how to create a custom brush and therefore at the end of this tutorial aside from learning how to create your own Retro Style Poster that can be use in any of your future graphic designs and illustrations, you can also start creating your own unique set of brushes for your creative and distinct graphic designs and compositions!

 

  • Resources needed:
  • 10 Old Paper Texture by Bleeding-Dragon LINK
  • Above The Sky 3 on sxc.hu LINK
  • Big Textures 03 by Ransie3 LINK

Final Result Preview

 
 

Step 1: THE New Document

 

Open photoshop and create a new document, I used the A4 (2480x3508px) Format with a white background.

 
 

Step 2: Background Texture

 

For the background I used a paper texture I found on deviantART made by bleeding_dragon called Bleeding_Dragon_Oldpaperz_Paper7 when you've downloaded the paper texture pack, open the stock image in photoshop and drag it into your document. To resize or rotate it, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) and rename the layer Paper Texture.

 
 

Step 3: Background

 

In this step we'll create the rest of the background using vibrant colours and stock images, to start create a new layer and fill it with blue, I used #00b3dc, to fill the layer go to Edit - Fill - Color. Rename the layer Blue and change the blending mode to Linear Burn.

 

Next You'll have to create a Layer Mask on this layer, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a selection of the bottom half of the document.

 

Click on the layer mask icon on the layer box or go to Layer - Layer Mask - Reveal Selection.

 

Continue by downloading the sky stock image from sxc.hu called Above the Sky 3, when you've downloaded it, open the stock image in photoshop and drag it into your document. To resize or rotate it, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T), place it on the bottom of the poster, change the blending mode to Hard Light and rename the layer Sky Texture.Then create the same layer mask we create on the Blue layer.

 

Continue by downloading the sky stock image from sxc.hu called Above the Sky 3, when you've downloaded it, open the stock image in photoshop and drag it into your document. To resize or rotate it, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T), place it on the bottom of the poster, change the blending mode to Hard Light and rename the layer Sky Texture.Then create the same layer mask we create on the Blue layer.

 

To finish the background create a new layer, fill it with yellow, I used #ffd60e. Create a layer mask on the layer, this time make a selection of the top part of the poster and create the layer mask.

Change the blending mode to Color Burn and rename the layer Yellow then select all the layers and place them in a new Group, rename the group Background.

 
 

Step 4: Text and Shapes

 

Let's create the text now, select the Text Tool (T) and write something, I wrote RETRO using the Arial Black font, place the text at the middle between both colours. Razterize this text when you're done.

 

Then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a selection of half the text, right click on the selection and select Layer via Cut. Resize the bottom part of the text with the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to make it smaller, rename both layers to Retro Bottom and Retro Top.

 

Now create the shapes, for the bottom part just create a stripe the same width than the T bar using the Rectangle Tool, merge the stripe layer and the Retro Bottom layer.

 

Then create the top shape with the Pen Tool (P), then merge this shape layer and the Retro Top layer, You should have this result.

 

Continue by applying a Color Overlay to both layers, using the same blue and yellow colours we used before, apply the yellow on the bottom part and the blue to the top part.

 
 
 
 
 

Step 5: Shadow

 

Create a new layer and make a selection of the bottom part of the poster, select the Brush Tool (B), with soft rounded brush of about 300px and black create the shadow painting with the edge of the brush in the selection, rename this layer Shadow and place it between the two text layers.