Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a 1960s Psychedelic Poster (Design #1)


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
The 1960s were the heyday of psychedelic music posters. Due to the
popularity of the tutorial l I did for THIS poster,I’ll show you how to make another using different techniques. The Size of this document is 1280 by 720 pixels… with the resolution of 150 pixels per inch. Let’s make the background black. One way to do this is to press, Shift plus F5. and choose, black. Open your horizontal type tool and choose a font. I’m using “Victor Moscoso”, which I
provided a link to. If you’d like to use it, the link is located in the video’s
description or project files. Choose a Size of 30 points… Crisp… Left alignment… and white for the color. Click on your document type out your top
line of your text. Click on your Move tool to reposition it
just inside the top, left corner. We want to enlarge the line of text to the right edge of your document. To do this, open your transform tool… by pressing Ctrl + T on a PC or Cmd + T on a Mac. Go to the lower, right corner… and when you see a straight, double-arrow… press and hold, Shift as you drag it to the right of your
document… and press, Enter or Return. Open back up your Type tool… and type out your second line of text. Click on your Move tool… to reposition it… to the lower, left of your top line. Open your transform tool, again… and drag the lower right corner… to the right of your document. Continued to add text until your
poster is filled from end to end. Let’s consolidate all the text layers
into a folder. To do this, Shift-click… on the bottom text layer… to highlight all the text layers… and press, Ctrl or Cmd + G. We’ll name the folder, “Text”. Make a composite snapshot of your image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on a PC or Cmd + Shift + Opt + E on a Mac. Make a copy of it… by pressing, Ctrl or Cmd + J. Go to Filter… and Liquify. I’ll make the brush size, 700. You may want to use a different amount
if your document’s size and resolution differs from this one. Click on the “Bloat” tool. Go to the center of your image… and press and hold down your cursor… until you have a large circular shape in
the middle. To accept it, click, OK. Click on the new layer button… to make a new layer. Open your elliptical marquee tool… go to the center… press and hold Shift + Alt on a PC… or Shift + Opt on a Mac… and drag out a circular selection approximately the size of the circle. We’ll fill the selection with black. If your foreground color isn’t black, click on the small, overlapping box icon. Press, Alt + Delete on a PC… or Opt + Delete on a Mac. Delete the selection by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + D. Press, “V” to open your Move tool to
reposition it to cover most of the extraneous text in the circle that’s too illegible to read. Ctrl- click or Cmd-click on the
thumbnail to open back up its selection… and go to, Select… and Save Selection. Then, click OK. Open your Pencil tool… and make the size… 50 pixels with the Hardness of 100%. Press, “Z” to open your Zoom tool… and drag across an area of the circle to
zoom in closer. To move your image in the window, press and hold the Space bar… and move your image. To reduce the size of your pencil, press the Left bracket key on your
keyboard. Now, draw over the letters within the
circle that are too hard to read. Press and hold the Space bar and move it
to see more of your image. To fit it back onto your screen, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. We’ll merge these two layers by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + E. Click on the new layer button… to make a new layer. Open your Gradient tool and click on
the Gradient bar. to open the Gradient editor. Click on the lower, left “stop”… and the color box. Pick a color for one end of the gradient. Click, OK… and click on the lower, right “stop”… and pick another color. Close a gradient windows and choose
a Gradient type. For this example, I’ll choose the Linear gradient, but feel
free to experiment with all of them. For this gradient, I’ll go to the top, middle of my
document… and press and hold, Shift… as I drag down to the bottom… and then, release. Change your blend mode to “Exclusion”… To make the colors more vibrant. Click on the adjustment layer button and
choose, “Vibrance”. Click on the clip-to-layer button. to clip this adjustment layer, so it affects only the one layer beneath
it. Slide the Vibrance all the way to the
right. Open a photo you’d like to place into
the poster. If it’s in color… desatutate it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. To get it into your poster document, press, “V” to open your Move tool… and darg it up onto the tab of the
poster. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto your image and then, release. If your photo is clipping like the adjustment layer, press and hold Ctrl + Alt + G on a PC… or Cmd + Opt + G on a Mac… to UN-clip it. Open your Channels panel… and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on
the circle… to make a selection of its shape. Open back up your Layers panel and click on the layer mask button to make a layer mask of the selection
next to the photo. Click off the chain link. This allows us to re-size or move either layer independently of the other. Click on your photo to make it active… and open your Transform tool… to see the entire transform on your
screen. Press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Click inside the Transform to move it. Re-size and position the photo until it
fits comfortably inside the circle. Then, press, Enter or Return. Fit your document back onto your screen. Make your adjustment layer active… and Shift-click on the gradient to
highlight it, as well. Make a copy of the two layers and drag the photo below the copies. Make the top adjustment layer active and click on the clip-to-layer button
to UN-clip it. Make the gradient copy active… and this time, clip it to the photo using
the same keystrokes as before. Go to, Edit… Transform and Flip Vertical. Let’s add a paper texture to the poster. First, we need to make a composite
snapshot. Make the top layer active… and press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on a PC
or Cmd + Shift + Opt + E on a Mac. Go to Filter… and Filter Gallery. Open your Texture folder… and click Texturizer. The texture is “Sandstone”… the Scaling is 50%… the Relief is, 4… and the Light… is from the Top. Then, click OK. To brighten your entire poster, invoke Auto-levels… by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L. To shift the overall colors of your
poster and do it non-destructively, click on the adjustment layer button and choose Hue Saturation. Slide the Hue to the right or the left… to create a myriad of color shifts. Have fun recreating an authentic-looking 1960s, psychedelic music poster! This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

30 comments

  • phil burton

    another great tutorial Marty

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  • Dan Elia

    Great Job More valuable Info that we can all use at one point.

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  • Kevin Pietriyk

    Is that you with the afro, Marty? Great video.

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    SmallHoleinTheForest…The afro belongs to Rob Tyner, who was the lead singer in the 1960s band, MC5.

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  • Ron Resnick

    This is excellent! Maybe sometime you could show how to do a Hatch Show Print inspired poster.

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  • Edward Scaglione

    Can this be done using photoshop cs6 extended or is it only for photoshop creative cloud?

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    Bond Fleming…Yes, you can do this on CS6 Extended, as well.

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  • Jay Levine

    I cant find the files I must be missing it.

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  • SimpleTechnology

    Make a tutorial with a butterfly! Put some pictures into the wings! and make the picture in a Psychedelic tema!!

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    SpeaksIt…Yes, but there's no Filter Gallery. Use the Filters tab.

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  • Bob Anomaly

    Another beauty! Thanks Marty! ; ^ )

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  • Daniel Thomassin

    Merci beaucoup pour vote tutoriel !Super !

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    Daniel Thomassin…Je vous remercie! S'il vous plaît dites à vos amis et collègues qui sont intéressés à Photoshop pour vous abonner à Blue Lightning TV.

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  • Chas Dunn

    HI,
    You are the best I`ve seen on the web. Can you please do a lesson on a fist punching though a picture/wrapper as

    (fist punching though a picture.) put this in your search box and you will see examples ie 1st one on the left.

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  • Václav Zajíček

    Thanks you so much!!!! 🙂 thumbs UP

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  • Urban Deployment

    Um.. Oui oui… That's really all I know 🙂

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  • Urban Deployment

    Um.. Oui oui… That's really all I know 🙂

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  • Daniel Thomassin

    bonjour . Je fait suivre vos poste a tout la comunotee

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    Daniel…je vous remercie!

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  • Urban Deployment

    Um.. Oui oui… That's really all I know 🙂

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  • Amie Louise

    hi! it's me again! I'm using cs2 is it okay that I will not apply the vibrance? coz cs2 doesnt have vibrance.

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  • ComicCityCorp

    Thank you. This is great. I get stuck at 7:14. When I drag the pic in it covers over the poster, it is not behind it. Thanks!

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  • ComicCityCorp

    Also, I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Though some of the buttons, etc. are different (for example Liquify is under Filter, then Distort. But I found it. However, I can't find Vibrance. Is it ok to use Hue/Saturation? Or can you suggest where I can find Vibrance? Again, when I drag the picture onto the poster, all I see is the new picture — not the picture behind the poster. HELP! 🙂

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  • Blue Lightning TV Photoshop

    ComicCityCorp…Your poster is covered by the picture you're dragging into it because the picture is larger than your poster. Drag the picture layer above the poster layer and use your Transform tool to reduce the picture's size. Yes, you could use Saturation to pump up colors, but the results aren't the same as using Vibrance.

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  • Chris Dichiara

    At 7:30 of your video when you select channels panel you show clicking on a circle. I don't have that circle in my panel and cannot figure out why. I have started from earlier points and cannot figure out what i missed…

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  • Miles Cooler

    hey guys,anyone know how to set up Alpha 1 to circle selection?thanks!

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  • Erik Fransman

    Thank you so much. Just what we need!

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  • Pete Fitzpatrick

    When I try to do the gradient, it only shows up in gray. What is the promlemo

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  • Noel Gray

    could you show us one like the grateful died

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  • Maddox Street

    Are these things possible to do in Photoshop Elements 18?

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