Graphic Design: Make a Halloween Poster (intermediate) | Freepik


Hi everyone and welcome to this video tutorial
on how to create an illustration here on freepik. My name is Sarita and I’m here to show you
how to create a retro Halloween movie poster using Adobe Photoshop. First, let’s start by creating a new document. We’re going to create a High-Resolution Image
of 300 DPI 3900 by 3900 pixels in RGB color mode. Next, click on the paint bucket tool or just
hit G on your keyboard and select a nice grey matt tone to cover your page with.
It’s always best to start an illustration on a neutral background. Now, I’ve
already drawn a rough sketch of my poster. The concept is a haunted house on a
creepy-looking hill and monsters are coming to attack it from both sides, as a hand creeps
up from below. The inspiration for this is from various old retro horror
movie posters. Now to the left of the page, I will display my color scheme,
while the dimensions of the actual illustration, is just a typical poster-size.
Now let’s begin painting. Make sure that your drawing is on a separate layer,
then lower the opacity to about 50%. Now, let’s set up the brush that
we’ll be using for the painting. Open your brush window
by selecting Window then Brush on the top menu. We’ll be using dual brush, in
this case, to add some texture to our painting. Make sure that multiply is selected,
and adjust your spacing and size accordingly. Now the main brush is just a regular
round brush, you don’t need to use anything too fancy
in this case. You may also use shape dynamics to give your brush a nice
angle and edge to it. The next step is to add some detail to my sketch. I
want to define the house and monsters a bit more, and then follow it with the rough
underpainting. You may leave the drawing as rough as you
please. As we continue to progress through the painting,
we’ll keep adding more definition later on. Now the character on the
left is going to be a female monster reaching out to grab
the candy from the house. Now the monster on the right is kind of inspired
by Frankenstein, and i’m going to add some chains around his
arms to make him more interesting. And the final monster’s kind of inspired by a mad
scientist. I want to make him very evil and sneaky looking. I think I want to
increase the size of the monsters a bit, it’ll make the scene a little more dynamic.
And now that we’re done with our sketch ,let’s start with the underpainting on a new layer. And now I want to work on a few quick color
combs. I want to basically test out some color schemes, to see which ones work
and which ones don’t. Begin by selecting your image, then click on Edit>Copy merged and paste your image. Then hold down Ctrl or Cmd on your keyboard,
whilst pressing the letter T for transform. Grab your image from one of
the corners and drag it in so that it minimizes. Press Enter to save, then holding
down the Cmd or Ctrl on your keyboard again, use your mouse to create
two more layers of this image. Making sure your color scheme is visible, hit
the letter B on your keyboard for Brush, and hold down the Alt button to color
pick from the scheme. Now let’s begin painting. Be sure to work loose, and rough
and small. And don’t forget to work on a new layer each time .
I want the focal point to kind of be in the center, so I’m going to be sure to add
a nice bright color to the moon. And now let’s begin with the second one. I’m
going to mix and match the colors a bit here. And let’s see what works. Have fun
with this. And now let’s make the final color comp. So
I’m finished with my three comps, and I do think I like the first one that I
did, the most. So I’m going to work on that, and forget the rest for now. Hit M on
your keyboard and select over your favorite color comp. Then, select Copy
merge and paste your image to the left. Now let’s make our underpainting layer
visible again. And we’re going to now begin with the final black and white illustration.
In this stage we’re only going to focus on value and shapes and lighting.
First, using my dual brush, I’m going to add in a darker background and some shadow
on a new layer. Now, select the Pen tool or hit P on your keyboard. We’re
now going to begin outlining the main shapes. The reason I’m using the pen
tool instead of the brush, is so that I can give
that graphic and vectorized look to my illustration. Select around the shape and
go back to the first vector point you created to close the path. Then hit right-click on your mouse, select Make selection, and on a new layer fill in your
shape with a dark grey value with the Paint bucket tool. Now let’s do the same
for the rest of the shapes. Remember to always work on a new layer
each time. I’m using and color picking the same values
as my underpainting but I’m also filling it out as I go along. Some shapes may be darker
than others and vice versa. Now, let’s begin with the rightmost monster
I’m going to sketch out his character in more detail and then use the same treatment
I did with the Pen tool. Now, let’s start with outlining the pants and then
the arms, and then we’ll move on to the rest of the body. I’m going to zoom into the hands and alternate
between the Pen tool and the Brush tool to give me the necessary shapes
I need. Using the Brush tool to make the fingers is easier in this case. Now, let’s move on to our female monster on
the left. I’m going to use the same treatment I did
before. Again, I will be alternating between the Pen and Brush tool, depending on
the shapes I need to make. And remember work in layers. And now let’s work
on the final character. Now let’s take a look at the image as a whole.
We painted all the characters and elements by themselves, now we need to make
sure that there’s harmony in the shapes and the values. Add the
necessary details and fill in the blanks. I want to give each monster a bit more
love and detail. I also want to start adding in the lighting eventually. And after adding some shadow to my monster,
I’m now going to add some lighting. The light source is essentially coming
from the moon. And now, on a new multiply layer let’s add
in some stripes. This will give a nice little touch to the
character I’m going to add the chains in later, for now
I’m going to just fill it in with a rough sketch. And now, let’s start adding some detail, and
lighting, and shadows and shapes to the character on the left. And now let’s
add in some nice details. I’m going to give her like, this cool stitched up effect
all over her body. And now, let’s add in the details for the final
character. Now let’s add some chains to the monster. I went
online and did a search for a chain link Photoshop brush. And I found this
pre-made brush with all the settings already configured in it. You want
to make sure that the chain links follow the path of your brush stroke as you
draw. Now let’s start adding details to the entire
poster. I’m going to first start with adding in the grass, and then eventually move
on to the house and finally the sky. I’m going to paint with a nice hard brush
here, just so that I can mimic the feel of a Pen tool. Now, I’m going to paint in some darker colored
grass in the background. This is going to create a sense of depth to
my illustration. Now let’s add the detail to the house. And now finally, let’s add in the color. Remember
that color comp that we did earlier? Well, I’m going to use that now as
a reference to begin my painting. Start by painting
in the large shapes first. Remember when you worked on all those layers?
Well now we will be going back and selecting those layers and shapes and painting in the
appropriate colors to them. For example, let’s take the hand coming from
below. Whilst holding down the Cmd or Ctrl key, select the grey tone layer
of the hand, thus selecting the shape on the layer. Then color pick the green
from your color comp, and on a new layer fill in the selected shape with your
Paint bucket tool. Do this similarly for all the other shapes. Remember to always
work in new layers. And now, on a color layer, let’s add a yellow hue
to our monsters. Add a nice thick yellow border, about five pixels in size, and
let’s add some texture to the house as well, just so that it adds
a little more depth to it now. And now, let’s start working on the characters.
I’m going to select each layer one by one and add in a separate color
layer on the top. And now using the pen tool I’m going
to add some clear edges around the moon. This just
adds some nice detail to the painting. And now let’s add in the stars. It just makes
our illustration a little more magical. And now let’s paint in the pumpkins
with our brush. And now we’re going to add in the
final touch: our title. You can download a free to
use font from anywhere online just make sure that it looks scary and creepy enough.
Hit T on your keyboard and open up your Character window. Select the font of your choosing and
then write down “Happy Halloween|”. Edit the shape of your text by clicking on
that little arch on your text menu. And we’re almost done. We just have to add in one final detail. I found a free to use paper texture online,
and now I’m going to lay it over my painting, to give it that nice rough, older-looking
feel to it. Then invert the image by hitting Cmd or
Ctrl+I, so that your image is now black and the
lines are white. Then change the layer to lighten and lower the opacity. That’s
it, we’re done! Now, I know that was a really long process but by following the
step-by-step procedure you’re guaranteed to create an illustration that
looks good. Good luck with your painting!

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