Create an Action Movie Poster in Photoshop

Create an Action Movie Poster in Photoshop
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Then Set the Blend Mode of the layer to Overlay and Create a Clipping Mask (Right-Click > Create a Clipping Mask...)
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Step 8

Now we'll move onto his arms. First, using either the Pen Tool or the Lasso Tool, make a selection from his shoulder until his wrists. If you are using the Pen Tool, don't forget to convert the Path you made into a Selection. It doesn't really need to be precise, just enough to cover the bright parts. (I highlighted the parts I selected so you could see them...)
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Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Curves. Adjust it like so:
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Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Curves. Adjust it like so:
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Re-select the selection we just made (Hold Ctrl then Click on the Layer Mask of the Curves).
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Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Levels. Adjust it like so:
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After that Save the .psb file by going to File > Save |or| press Ctrl + S

Step 9

Leave the .psb file open as you might need to re-adjust some settings later on. Go back to our main canvas, now we will cover the bottom part of the image. Change your Foreground Color to #0c1418, create a new layer and name it 'Brush' using the Brush Tool (Hardness at 0%, Brush Opacity at 100%, with the size of your choice), Brush over the bottom part of the canvas, try making an upside-down U or a triangle shape with a not-so-pointy end or a half circle.
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Step 10

Create A New Layer and name it 'Lens Flare'. Using the Paint Bucket Tool, fill in your canvas with a solid black (#000000) color
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Now go to Filter> Render> Lens Flare. Adjust it like so:
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Try to position the Flare at the top Left corner of the Canvas. Then set the layer's Blend Mode to Color Dodge with the Opacity at 63% and Fill at 75%
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Step 11

Now we move on to the coloring adjustments . Create a New Group and name it as 'Adjustments'.
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Step 12

We'll start by trying to make the overall photo dark with Curves. Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Curves. Adjust it like so:
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Step 13

Now use the Gradient Map to add a brown fill effect to it. Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Gradient Map. Adjust it like so:
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Change it's Blend Mode to Hue.
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Step 14

We'll darken the colors with Color Balance and while we're at it give it a bluegreen-ish tint. Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Color Balance. Adjust it like so:
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Step 15

To give the image a more darken look and change some of the colors as well, we'll use Selective Color.Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Selective Color. Adjust it like so:
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Step 16

To make the bottom part a darker, use the Gradient Fill, Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon> Gradient Fill. Adjust it like so:
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Step 17

Create A New Layer and name it 'Border'
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Select the Brush Tool. With Hardness at 0%, Brush Opacity at 30-45% at the size of your choice, brush over all four corners of the canvas. I also brushed over his waist area and other parts near there. The parts I brushed over are shown in red:
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Feel free to re-adjust the Combat Soldier's arm (or other parts of the body) brightness if you feel that it looks weird.

Step 18

We're almost done! Time for the texts. Create a New Group and name it as 'Texts'

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5 comments on “Create an Action Movie Poster in Photoshop”

  1. This action hero isn't messing around! I've often looked at film posters and wondered what kind of work goes into them. I grew up with some classic film posters such as the original Star Wars that were painted. However, modern ones can be captivating when they use the right blend of color, positioning, and shapes. On a more technical note, can I make posters using Photoshop elements or do I need Photoshop to make one as described here? Thanks!

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