Create a Colorful Retro Poster in Photoshop and Illustrator

Create a Colorful Retro Poster in Photoshop and Illustrator
Create a Colorful Retro Poster in Photoshop and Illustrator

Step 77

Select all swirls and press Ctrl + C to copy. Now Paste in Photoshop. Duplicate and arrange them over the model's jacket.


Step 78

We need to create a custom pattern (in a separate document). Take the Pencil Tool and set the stroke width to 2 pixels. Turn off the background Layer. Put a dot. Make a 7 x 7 pixels selection starting from the corner of the dot. Now go to Menu > Edit > Define Pattern. Press Ok when dialog box appears.


Step 79

Here is the area I want to apply the pattern. I selected it using the Pen Tool and converted into a selection. Then press Shift + F5 (Menu > Layer > New Fill Layer > Pattern) and locate the pattern you just created and press Ok. That should fill the area with our custom pattern.


Step 80

We are almost there. I am not satisfied with something. That is the hair. The galaxy is a bit strong there. So we need to calm it down.


Step 81

Click on the galaxy layer. Pick a soft brush. Set the brush color to #284965. Paint over the hair region directly on the galaxy layer. Don't paint over her face while brushing, be careful. Well I think it is much better now and the hair is looking good too.


Notice the difference.


Step 82

Title Added. The font I used is Motel King. You may like to use your own font.


Step 83

Finally get back to the background layer. I feel it is too solid, so let's add a Layer Mask to the background layer. Hide some of the background by painting with a brush, color set to black. This will reveal the white background beneath it. Well if you don't have the default white background in your document, create a new layer and fill it with #ffffff and place it below the current layer. Once you did it, I will say that's it, we just finished it Successfully!.


Final Results


Tutorial by Niranth M

profileI am a Graphic / Web Designer and a wannabe VFX artist. Hope you learned something and had fun reading this tutorial. Thank you for following this tutorial.

- niranth

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6

41 comments on “Create a Colorful Retro Poster in Photoshop and Illustrator”

  1. Some good techniques I just learned here - thank you! I just wish Photoshop had some of Illustrators features so I don't need to go back and forth. I can copy and paste the illustrator elements into Photoshop CC but the problem is to get Illustrator, you need the full Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Most of my students can only afford the Lightroom and Photoshop plan.

    1. 1169x1654 pixels

      Although you can use any canvas size you like, it's best to use something similar while following the tutorial.

  2. Really covered a lot of different techniques and new shortcuts. It's cool seeing such seemingly "random creativity" captured and explained step by step.

    I also appreciated seeing vector art combining with textures in photoshop. Merges the gap for me that I have in my head.

    thank you!

  3. Awesome Post. Lighting is most beautiful.Thanks for sharing such informative post its help me to know deeply Photoshop work step by step.

  4. im trying to do this, but i have illustrator cs6 and i cant do it :x
    What version its this?
    Anny help?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *