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How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial we’re going to learn how to retouch a portrait and create pop art style background from different shapes. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop 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 #EADCBC color the new background layer.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Next we’ll use the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and represent the next shape on the background. The color is #BCA26D.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to represent a lot of colored small stripes which must be inclined a little by selecting the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Applying the same tool, try to add several more stripes.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
The same Rectangle Tool (U) should be used for representing above the already made top yellow stripe another one that should be inclined too with Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Drop Shadow for the layer containing the pink stripe

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next shadow:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Using the Rectangle Tool (U), we shall represent one more stripe, situated diagonally. The layer’s color in this case is #F10C85. The stripe should be inclined too, applying Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Drop Shadow:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Add Stroke

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Try to represent inside the large stripe several thinner stripes, selecting the same tool for drawing them.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Use the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw several thin stripes between the already made ones.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Try to insert on the document several more stripes, as those from below:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Drop Shadow for the layer containing the stripe with the color #A17425:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Add Inner Shadow

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We may insert the same way several white stripes, applying the previous method:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Set the Foreground color to #F10C85. Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find 5 Point Star shape at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click and drag to draw the shape

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
For this layer click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Stroke:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Select the last applied Custom Shape Tool (U) to draw a Star shape above the first one, colored this time with #6A2700.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click and drag to draw the shape:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
For this layer click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Stroke:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. I have used Creampuff font.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click in the image and type Pop Art text. Press Enter to apply the text.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Add Stroke:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Find a stock photo with a model represented on it

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Create a new layer and then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) on it. Right click on the picture, choosing the Color Range option. Pick with Eyedropper Tool the brightest zone on the girl’s shoulder and click OK.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ll get the next selection:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Fill the selection with the color #EADCBC. Press Ctrl+D to deselect.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Make the girl’s layer active and select Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Paths in Options bar and represent the next path. Right click on image and select Make Selection with Feather Radius – 0px.

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Fill the selection with color: #490F02. Don’t press Ctrl+D to Deselect. Now we need to choice Select>Inverse and press Delete to cut the background around girl. Now you can press Ctrl+D to deselect. Merge Down both layers into a single one (CTRL+E).

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
For this layer click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Stroke:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next effect:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Select again the Custom Shape Tool (U) for drawing a lot of small white stars of different sizes. Turn around the new stars, selecting the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command for this operation. Several of the layers containing the new stars should be placed lower than the layers containing the colored stripes, the same way shown below:

How to create Pop Art Style Poster in Photoshop CS3
Finished!

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Download free Layered PSD file.

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