“Invasion” Movie Poster Photoshop Tutorial
Open up Photoshop and create a new Document of 2270×3450
and click OK. Open the Cloud image and scale it down (Ctrl + T)
so that it fits the canvas. Create a new layer and name it ‘Color_Gradient’
and set the Layer Mode to Color
. Select the Gradient Tool (G)
and set a grey-ish green color (#58686b)
as the foreground color and a marine blue color (#394f61)
as the background color. Drag the Gradient Tool (G)
from the bottom left to the top right.
Create a new layer and name it ‘Billing_Block_Shadow’
. Grab a Soft Round Brush
of any size and start painting the bottom of the image black. Set the Opacity to 50%.
Now we are going to add a whole bunch of color correction layers. Create a new Group and name it ‘Color_Correction’
, add a new Curves Adjustment Layer
and go to the Red
and Blue Channel
and try to simulate the settings shown below. Leave the Green Channel
Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer
by clicking on the, as I’d like to call it ‘Yin-Yang’ button in the Layer Menu. By default, the Color Balance
menu will open in the Midtones Channel
. Set the Cyan
color level to +60
and the Yellow Channel
. Go to the Highlights Channel
and set the first level to -37
, set the second channel to -3
and the third channel to +1
. Drag this Adjustment Layer underneath the Curves Adjustment layer.
Add a Photo Filter Adjustment Layer
and select the Deep Yellow
preset. Keep the Density at 25%
and check on Preserve Luminosity
. Drag this Photo Filter Adjustment layer underneath the Color Balance Adjustment layer.
This next layer will be our noise layer which will help blend all of the images together. Create a new layer, name it ‘Adjustment_01′
and fill it with a grayish-black (#222222)
and set the Layer Mode to Screen
. Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise
, set the Amount to 7%
, set theDistribution to Gaussian
and check on Monochromatic
. Create another layer, name it ‘Adjustment_02′
and fill it with a bright blue-ish color(#17d7ff)
, set the Layer Mode to Color
and the Opacity to 15%
. At this point of the tutorial, you should have a result similar to the image below and your layers should be kept as shown below.
From this point on, everything we are going to be working on needs to be placed below the color correction group.
Download the image of the F-15 Fighter Jet
, open it up in Photoshop and drag it into our composition. Scale and rotate the image just like the image shown below.
Because the aircraft has lots of curves and sharp corners, the best and fastest way to get rid of the sky is by using the Pen Tool (P)
. Try to get every detail of the aircraft including the smallest metal parts, it will look more realistic in your final design. When you’re done creating a path around the aircraft, right-click within the path and click on Make Selection…, click OK.
Once the path is turned into a selection, click on the Mask icon at the bottom of the Layer menu and you’ll see that the entire background is gone.
Repeat this step with the image of the MiG-22 Fighter Jet and place the image as shown below. Make sure you flip the image horizontally! For better organizing, create two new groups with the names of the aircraft layers and put the images in the corresponding groups.
Back to the F15 Fighter Jet. Because I want to add some vapor trails we’ll need to create a copy of the masked layer, place it below the F15 and press Ctrl + U
to bring up the Hue/Saturation menu
. Set the Lightness to +100
and click OK.
Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur
, set the Angle to -52
and set the Distance to 999
We’ll need to remove the white motion blur in front of the aircraft. You can do this by clicking on the layer mask thumbnail, set the Foreground color to black and select a Soft Round brush
of around 500px
. Now paint away the white area in front of the aircraft.
You can now rename this layer to ‘Vapor_trails’. The lines in this layer are too strong so I’m going to add a Gaussian Blur so it will soften up a bit. Select the layer thumbnail and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur
and set the Radius to 15