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Create vintage poster art using Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, you’ll discover some great Photoshop CS5 techniques to create a stylised poster from scratch using brushes. Let’s get started!

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Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #BE0500 color the new background layer.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo, I used this photo from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Apply for the man’s layer the next filter: Filter>Filter Gallery>Film Grain.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Desaturate the man’s layer using CTRL+SHIFT+U shortcut and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next step we’ll download sets of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: c130_splatter , Old_paper_brushes_by_Annette29 and Seu_Davi. On a new layer we’ll select the next brush from Seu_Davi set, change the Foreground color to black color and set the Opacity to 15% in Options bar.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint with this brush to make darker the man’s hair edges.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s create a clipping mask to make the content of the layer containing the brushes only visible within the content of the man’s layer. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between the brush’s layers and the man’s layer (on the Layers panel).

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and apply here the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill it with #3A0D05 color.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s create another clipping mask to make the content of the layer containing the #3A0D05 color only visible within the content of the man’s layer. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers (on the Layers panel).

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Color.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll use the next brush from Seu_Davi set of black color (Opacity 20-40%).

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to add some brushstrokes as shown. This layer needs to be placed under the man’s layer.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use the same brush to add another brushstrokes as shown. The brush are of black color (Opacity 5-10%). Place the layer under the man’s one too.

Create vintage poster art using Adobe Photoshop CS5

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