Vamos Posters. Abstract 1.–cms-31359

My outcome is slightly different of course, as I don’t want to copy the design completely, and I had my own ideas in my mind for the poster.

I followed this tutorial to create my first poster for Vamos. Alot of the skills are things I have used before but minimally, repeating and reinforcing skills is important so I remember how to create and do things such as layer masks.

  1. I created a gradient background. From the layer panel at the top of the screen I went to: Create a new fill layer: gradient. I didn’t use the same colours as chosen in the tutorial as I am sticking to my bright yellow and pink colour scheme from my initial drawn scamps.

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2. I selected the brush tool, and chose a round hard brush with full hardness (100%) if the hardness was 0 percent the edges would be soft and create more of a bokeh, blured circle style. (The tutorial says to do this but it’s a mistake as it’s not what the image shows)

3. Different coloured circles all ovr the page.

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4. Added motion blur effect. I tweaked setting differently to in the tutorial so the blur was less full on and the outcome looked more like watercolour paint.

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5. I added more coloured dots and experimented with this, adding more layers to get the desired effect.

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6. I created the dust effect after getting my background looking the way I wanted it to.

I selected a hard round brush again and as the tutorial says, used code #aeaeae for the foreground colour. I created the brush stroke in the centre of the page.

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7. staying on the layer with the brush stroke, I add motion blur to this layer creating the dust effect.

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8. I add noise to the dust layer. experimenting with levels to get the look I want, not necessarily what the tutorial tells me to.

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9. I chose an image if a mardi gras carnival mask to use on the poster. I added a layer mask so I could keep only the image of the mask and cut out the background from the image.

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the layer mask tool is the second one that looks like a little japanese flag, easiest way to remember what it is and where to use in the future.

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I cropped around the image, so there was no extra background in the way, makes more manageable which means I waste less time trying to fix mistakes later, which improves my time management overall.

10. I duplicate the layer with the cut out mask on and select the destination of the file to be on the previous gradient background I created. (I’ve never done this before so I learned something new here)


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11. I change the angle of the cut out image. not in the same way as on the tutorial.I used the transform tool to do this.

12. with the image layer selected I go to: filter: distort: wave and set the type to square, which divides the image up into squares, making it abstract.

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13. I change the image so that it is black and white using the adjusment layers on the right hand side of photoshop. To keep only the cut out mask black and white, not the gradient I create a clipping mask, This is done by hovering over the layer below, an arrow shows up, click the arrow and the clipping mask will be created.

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14. I added my own created font to the image and played around with white text using information from the vamos website to create a poster for the festival. I added a posterise adjustment layer to the gradient, making it look more like paint, I made the date 3d for a more abstract effect.

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