Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Medieval Movie Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a 3D grunge metal movie poster title in Adobe Photoshop CS5 by using the Repousse tool. Every movie poster needs a spectacular title whether it is in a grunge, metal, typographic style. Due to the release of Creative Suite 5, we are finally able to create 3D titles within Photoshop without the use of complex and expensive 3D software such as 3DSMAX, Maya or Cinema4D.

Medieval Movie Poster Photoshop Tutorial

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Final Image

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Step 1

Create a new document and set the size at 27×41 inches at 72DPI. The reason we are doing this at 72dpi is because files like these can get very large and some tutorial readers might not be able to handle a file as large as this. I wanted to create a large enough canvas to see all the details during editing. Make sure you set Background Contents to White.

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Step 2

Download and open the ‘Medieval European Knight‘ image and scale the image by pressing Ctrl+T, hold Shift, drag and rotate one of theAnchor Points so that the image is placed the same as below.

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Step 3

We are going to remove the background by using a Layer Mask and we are going to create a clean cut out of the European Knight with thePen Tool (P). Once you’re done creating a path around the knight, close it by clicking on the first Anchor Point. Right-click within the path and select Make Selection and enter the following settings and click OK.

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Once the selection has been made, click on the Layer Mask icon in the Layers Menu and you will see that this will create a very clean cut-out of our main knight.

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Personally I always use Layer Masks no matter what kind of image I’m editing because it is incredibly easy to undo a mistake without permanently destroying the image.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2-3 for the knight in the top right (Before Fight) and try to scale and rotate the image as shown below.

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Step 5

For the top left knight we are going to use similar techniques but with one exception; we’re going to mask his beard. Always go for the highest amount of details, the viewer of your work will notice! Download the ‘Knight Profile‘ image and open it up in Photoshop. Do not drag this into our poster canvas yet. In the Layers Menu, go to Channels.

When masking you want to select the channel with the highest contrast, in this instance we’ll need to select the Red Channel. Right-click on this layer and create a duplicate, the original Red Channel will be selected by default but you need to select the copied layer.

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Step 6

Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and try to create a much higher contrast by moving the sliders. If you want to go the easy route, just copy the settings shown below and click OK.

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Step 7

Select the Pen tool (P) again and create a Path around the knight. You might want to go around the beard on the inside as we’re going to use a gentle technique to extract the beard. Once the Path is done, create a selection and fill it with black. The fastest way to do this is by using a very large Soft Round brush. On to the beard, use a smaller sized Soft Round brush and set the Brush Mode to Overlay. By setting it to Overlay, it will be much easier painting on or over areas you want to keep.

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