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.
- Old paper stock – ftourini
- Old paper texture 2 – Snowys-stock
- Emerald green scratch paper texture – mercurycode
- Brown vintage wallpaper – psdgraphics.com
- Folded paper texture – photoshoptutorials.ws
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.
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.
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.
Now bring in the brown vintage wallpaper using the “Place” command.
This texture is huge in dimensions. Lets scale it to approx 47% of its original dimensions.
Reposition the texture. Align the top left of the texture to the top left of the canvas.
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.
CTRL+Click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette to load selection.
Turn off the layer visibility in the layers palette. Now we will use this selection to apply layer mask to the vintage pattern layer.
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.
Place this below old paper texture (older_paper_1920_by_snowys_fox-d4vhnoi.jpg) into our document.
Scale up the texture until it covers the whole visible area.
Rasterize the layer – right click on the layer and choose “Rasterize Layer”
Now desaturate the texture – Press Ctrl+U, set the saturation to -100.
Increase the darkness of the texture – Press Ctrl+M to load the Curves.
Clip this layer to the masked vintage pattern layer below – The short cut key is Ctrl+Alt+G to clip.
Set the layer blending mode to “Overlay”. You should see the similar results.
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.
Stretch the triangle vertically like in the below image.
Go to Effect > Distrort & Transform > Transform.
Enter the below values into the dialog box.
You should have similar result on your screen. Copy the effect.
Switch back to Photoshop, paste the starburst as shape layer.