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How To Make a Pop Poster Design Using Photoshop Tutorial by irene.thompson80 (Views:2435)

In this guide, we will go through the whole process of creating aserigraphy type or “pop” art style image. You do not have to be a totalexpert at doing this in Photoshop, but it helps if you know the basicsand have a pretty steady hand on the mouse. Let’s get started.


Beforestarting with the poster itself, let us first process the featureimage. Any portrait picture is fine really. However, it will be best foryou to use a portrait picture that has the person’s face close up, witha blank background behind them. For this tutorial we are going to startwith this picture.



First,we will want to lift our feature model out of the her background. Forbeginners, the easiest tool to use is the Magic Wand tool. Simply clickon this tool and click on the background (Hold down SHIFT if there aremultiple areas where the background appears). Then select the inverse(CTRL+SHIFT+I) and then copy and paste the selected area. You will thenhave a new layer with only the main model in it. If this does not do thetrick, you will then need to use either the Magnetic lasso tool or thepen tool to do the selections. Whatever happens, just make sure youcleanly lift the model from the background.



Good,now with that selection still active, create a new document (CTRL+N).Set your dimensions as you need for the poster. Be mindful though of theresolution as for printing a value of 300ppi is considered theprofessional minimum for good quality prints. I suggest you polish yourlasso work so as not to see undesirable jagged edges on larger sizeprints like posters or big flyers specially if your model will take up a big chunk of the real estate.



Now,with the new document open, paste in the model we just lifted. Thenselect the background layer and fill it with a theme color.



Now,create a backup of our main feature image by pressing CTRL+J whilst youhave its layer selected. Hide this by clicking the visibility icon (eyeicon). Now, select the duplicate of the image and press CTRL+SHIFT+U tode-saturate the image, removing the color values.



Nowwe will adjust our image a little. With our duplicate de-saturatedlayer selected, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves… Once thecurves window opens adjust the curves so that they look a bit like thecurve seen in the image below. You do not have to be precise about this,just create the general curve appearance. Watch the preview of yourimage, make sure that you get a bit of a good contrast between with thedark and white areas of your image.



Now,we shall apply some filters. With the layer still selected, go toFilters -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask… In the window that opens,adjust the sliders so that you  get some textures and noise in yourimage. Now, there are no exact values to cover, you just need thatsomewhat old gritty feel. You can use the values below as a startingpoint though for the settings.

a.     Amount: 105%

b.     Radius: 12px

c.     Threshold: 0



Next,go to Select -> Color Range… In the window that opens, selectSampled Colors. Make sure that you tick off the “Selection” optionbelow.  Then, using the eye dropper, click on a dark shadowed portion ofyour image. This will select all the shadowed elements in your image.Once done, adjust the fuzziness so that you select the shadowed details.For our example we used a value of 49, but try to adjust it for yourown image so that the details of the hair, eyes, nose and mouth isselected.



Onceselected, press CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer. Click on it andthen fill our selection with black. This will put a black color on theselection we made earlier. For your reference, we have hidden the otherlayers in the image below for you to see the effect we just did.



Good.Now we hide all the other layers except the background and the ORIGINALlayer. We did this because we are going to do some tracing. Using thepen tool, trace the areas of the model where the skin shows. It does nothave to be precise, just make sure you cover the all the visible skinparts. Also make sure that you click on the option “Form Paths” so thatyou do not inadvertently create a shape. Once done with your tracing,right click on the image and select “Make selection…”



Then,create a new layer just below the shadow layer that we created earlier.With our traced area still selected, fill the selection with a skintone or flesh color. Now, if you remove the visibility of our originallayer again, and add the shadow’s visibility as well you should get thisresult:



Now, using the same procedure as above, we trace out the lips, the eyes, the area for the eye shadow as well as the hair.



Now,we add a few more textures and patterns. The first step to do this isto create a new layer again (press CTRL+SHIFT+N). Fill this new layerwith a white color.  Make sure that you have the foreground color set towhite, and the background set to black (press D then X if you want todo this quickly). Then, go to Filters –> Sketch -> HalftonePattern. Set the values as such:

a.     Size: 3

b.     Contrast: 6

Take note that you can adjust this as needed for your design.



Afterwards,we go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise.  Adjust the amount toaround 20%. Click on “Gaussian” distribution and tick of the checkboxfor “Monochromatic”.



Oncethe filters are set, change the blend mode of this layer to multiply,and reduce its opacity to 25%. You should see the patter appear in ourdesign.



Next,take the layer that had the “unsharp mask” earlier and bring it to thefront. Change its blend mode to “Overlay” and reduce its opacity toaround 20% to add just some subtle features and shadows for the face andback of our model.



Great! Now the Pop art model is done! Our next step is to just add some text and callouts.



Goto the custom shape tool choices, and choose one of the callout/talkshapes. Place the shape to our design. Take note that you can alter itssize and dimensions by pressing CTRL+T and then transforming the shapeto fit your needs.



Next,double click on this new shape. The layer styles window should appear.First click on the “stroke” option and use an 5-8px black stroke foryour callout. (note that you can adjust this as necessary).



Also, click on “inner shadow” and use these values for the callout.

a.     Opacity: 60%

b.     Distance: 0

c.     Size: 40px



Finally,you can add your text. This is done of course using the Text Tool. Herewe are using a Comic style font for the best results.



Great! We have now finished for Serigraphy-Pop Style poster! Now you can use these tricks to create your own. Good luck!


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