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Create an Aged and Textured Pirate Poster

This entry was posted By Cubert on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 3:17 am and is filed under Tutorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Regular readers of this blog are already aware that for several weeks now, I have been without my raspberry ice tea flavored vodka after a brutal leprechaun invasion this past St. Patrick’s day. I finally decided to let the matter go, and went to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of spiced rum to help “fuel my creativity”. However, upon returning to my freezer for a shot of “inspiration”, I found that it was completely empty, save for the below poster rolled up neatly and bound by a conspicuous frosty eye patch. Today’s lesson teaches us that we must always lock our freezers when we are storing our hooch, in addition to some Photoshop work in recreating the ominous and evidentiary pirate poster.

You can download the Pirate’s Night poster template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here.

Step 1: Create a Big Print Sized Document with a Gradient Color

Let’s start by creating a new document with the size of 11inches x 24inches with a CMYK color profile. Now fill the background layer with a gradient; set your foreground color to #b59b62 and background color to #465955. Next, go to Gradient (G), select Reflected Gradient mode, then go to your canvas and drag the point from the middle to bottom of the canvas to create a gradient like below:

Step 2: Add a Weathered Texture to Your Background

Now, go to the background layer, right click on it and select duplicate layer, and on the duplicate layer go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer, select Sandstone for the texture, scaling 100%, and relief 4.

Step 3: Alter the Color to Resemble Aged Parchment

Now that we have our aged texture, it’s time to add some color to match. Start by clicking Control F on the same layer to apply the same filter (as in the step above) again. Then, select Soft Light on the Blending Mode Layer, and this is how your image will look:

Step 4: Add a Black Border to the Background

Now, let’s create a black soft border around the poster. Create a New Layer (N), go to Brushes (B), and select the Soft Round Brush. Then, enter the diameter to 960pixels, change the capacity to 34% and then start painting the border of the background to something that resembles the below:

Next, change the border capacity layer to 50% for a much softer tone:

Step 5: Pirate Your Poster

It’s time to add a pirate image on top of the background. After choosing the pirate picture of your choice, position it in your poster and change the blending mode to Luminosity.

Step 6: Add a Terrifying Pirate Message

Now, let’s add some text to the poster. As this is a gruesome and absolutely horrifying pirate poster, the text should strike fear and terror into the hearts of all that read it. Therefore, we will write the horrific slogan “Pirate’s Night” using the Aardward Café font, which you can download from dafont.com. Type in your preferred text and fill it with color #233025.

Step 7: Effect Your Text

The text is now added, but plain text is really dull, so let’s give some effects to the text. Right click on the text layer, and select Blending Options, then Drop Shadow, enter 40px for the size.

Then, go to Inner Shadow, enter 38 for the size.

Next, go to Outer Glow, use color #d5d290, change the capacity to 86%, and size 35pixels.

Now, go to Bevel and Emboss, select Inner Bevel, technique use Chisel Hard, depth enter 755%, size 4, and use # fdcf53 for the Highlight Mode.

Then on Satin, enter 45% for the capacity and 14pixel for both distance and size.

Finally on the Gradient Overlay, use the color chosen below and enter 140 for the angle, and 150% for the scale.

This is how the text going to look now:

Now control click on the text layers to make a selection of the text,

After the text style has been formatted, create a new layer underneath the text layers, and fill it with black. Then, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, enter 45 for the angle and 400pixels for the distance. Then, change the capacity mode to 50% for the motion blur effect you just created.

Step 8: Final Touches to the Poster

The poster’s looking pretty sharp, now all that’s left are some final touches. Create a new layer on top of all the layers, press (D) to set the default foreground and background colors to black and white, and go to Filters > Render > Clouds. After that, go to the layer blending mode and select soft light.

And this is how your poster looks now:

You can add in more graphics and text as you wish, and you can see how we completed our final version below. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks.

P.S. If you have any suggestions for hiding my liquor, please post a reply.

You can download the Pirate’s Night poster template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here.

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Comments

Greate tut n nice work u did there! I especially like the colors u picked 4 the font n the background. 4 real!
I just got 1 advise… I think that’s better 2 work with RGB color profile n then 2 transform 2 CMYK if u like 2 print it. coz with CMYK profil some of the filters n actions r blocked.
…And if u know (in advance) that u would like 2 print it, so give it 300DPI (resolution) when u create a new document, coz that’s super important!

Peace.

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[...] Create an Aged and Textured Pirate Poster An aged and textured pirate themed poster that’s perfect for any booty related event. This lesson teaches us that we must always lock our freezers when we are storing our hooch, in addition to some Photoshop work in recreating the ominous and evidentiary pirate poster. [...]

[...] Create an Aged and Textured Pirate Poster An aged and textured pirate themed poster that’s perfect for any booty related event. This lesson teaches us that we must always lock our freezers when we are storing our hooch, in addition to some Photoshop work in recreating the ominous and evidentiary pirate poster. [...]

[...] Create an Aged and Textured Pirate Poster An aged and textured pirate themed poster that’s perfect for any booty related event. This lesson teaches us that we must always lock our freezers when we are storing our hooch, in addition to some Photoshop work in recreating the ominous and evidentiary pirate poster. [...]

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