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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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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Enter the below values into the dialog box.

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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.