This tutorial demonstrates techniques to create a vintage style poster in Photoshop. We will also be using Illustrator for some simple operations. This is a fairly straight forward tutorial utilizing Photoshop’s drawing tools and composition techniques.

What you’ll be creating

Hereby we are going to create a cat based vintage poster design in Photoshop with a little help from Illustrator. We will start off by preparing the background using the textures, will create the cat character using the shape tools and add a couple of overlays to give it a vintage touch. I have used Photoshop version CS6 to create this work but any version from CS3 onwards will be fine as well.

final-results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

We start off by creating an A4 size document (210mm X 297mm). I am settling with 150 ppi for as I am not going for print.

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Step 2

Add some texture to the blank canvas. Bring in the old paper texture using the Place command which will import the texture as a smart object. Select File > Place.

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Step 4

Scale up the texture to fill the entire canvas like in the below image. Confirm it by hitting Enter/Return when you arrived at it.

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Step 5

Now bring in the brown vintage wallpaper using the “Place” command.

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Step 6

This texture is huge in dimensions. Lets scale it to approx 47% of its original dimensions.

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Step 7

Reposition the texture. Align the top left of the texture to the top left of the canvas.

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Step 8

In this step, go ahead and import the paper texture once again. Or just duplicate the one you imported a step ago, resize it as you see it below.

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Step 9

CTRL+Click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette to load selection.

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Step 10

Turn off the layer visibility in the layers palette. Now we will use this selection to apply layer mask to the vintage pattern layer.

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Step 11

With the selection on, click on the vintage pattern layer and click “Add a Mask” located at the bottom of the layers palette. You can see the edge cut nicely.

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Step 12

Place this below old paper texture (older_paper_1920_by_snowys_fox-d4vhnoi.jpg) into our document.

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Step 13

Scale up the texture until it covers the whole visible area.

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Step 14

Rasterize the layer – right click on the layer and choose “Rasterize Layer”

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Step 15

Now desaturate the texture – Press Ctrl+U, set the saturation to -100.

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Step 16

Increase the darkness of the texture – Press Ctrl+M to load the Curves.

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Step 17

Clip this layer to the masked vintage pattern layer below – The short cut key is Ctrl+Alt+G to clip.

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Step 18

Set the layer blending mode to “Overlay”. You should see the similar results.

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Step 19

We are going to create starburst effect in Illustrator. Switch to Illustrator for a while. Select the Polygon Tool. Double click on it, which will pop up options palette, set the number of sides to 3. Draw a triangle.

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Step 20

Stretch the triangle vertically like in the below image.

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Step 21

Go to Effect > Distrort & Transform > Transform.

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Step 22

Enter the below values into the dialog box.

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Step 23

You should have similar result on your screen. Copy the effect.

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Step 24

Switch back to Photoshop, paste the starburst as shape layer.

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Ketki

Really loved the vintage posters. surely going to follow your tutorial and going to make a vintage poster.

vasudha

Great tutorial. I learnt many new things by making this poster.
Thnanks

Anonymous

Thank you

Duke Vukadinovic

Hello Kitty :) Joking aside, great tutorial Niranth!

Pikachu Cecilia!

demi torres

yooooo

vendle

This is really neat. I like to make posters and your tuts have been very helpful!

tarannum

what about the thin lines along the border. how does one do that

Duy Cua

thanks, very nice

BENQEK

Download link doesn’t work. :(

Photoshop Tutorials Staff

Link fixed thanks for letting me know!

notyouagain

Thanks, actually turned out a good look……cheers !!

denice

took a month to understand

Grammaoyrnazchos

This tutorial was very confusing. It was a very unenjoyable experience.

TheKoolKid

I can’t express how confusing this is.

dave

Thanks for posting the tutorial about this layout. I like the fact that it looks totally vintage in the end result.

Ravi K

very good tutorial….very useful for beginners…

Thecommunist

Lets have a popsicle

Anonymous

my name is Jwana Jesus Lopez

thecommunist

hello kids

Victor Almeida

Camila

Camila Gonzaga

Adorei os pôsteres :)))

Natella

Great tutorial! Can be very useful for any purpose poster.

Ýøg Nègï

THANK U FOR ALL THE POSTS

Ýøg Nègï

TEACHER

The Real Slim Shady

copycat of eminem… just less… you know… good

Phil

Very cool looking cat! Took me a bit to realise you have to do the survey on every page, otherwise it seems like the page isn’t loading :) There are more free old paper textures here too http://www.myfreetextures.com/45-free-old-paper-textures-and-parchment-paper-backgrounds/

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