55 Tutorials For Creating Amazing Posters In Photoshop

Designing and creating a poster is fun. You are free to express your creativity in a lot of different ways. Poster design provides a wonderful opportunity to practice and improve your Photoshop skills. There are a number of outstanding poster design tutorials that will take you step-by-step through the process of creating something special. In this post we’ll feature 55 tutorials for creating amazing posters in Photoshop. The tutorials featured here will show you how to design posters in a variety of different styles.

Photoshop tutorial: Create punk poster art

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This tutorial reveals how artist Dan Mumford creates a poster for a special show by the aggressive and spittle-flecked Watford punks Gallows, where the band played their debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, in its entirety. The poster was a new take on the albumundefineds front cover, which Dan designed back in 2006.

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How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster in Photoshop

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I recently put together a little vintage style poster to let my friends know about a karting event I’m organising for my stag do. I know lots of my readers are also big fans of the retro style and I had loads of fun creating the design, so I thought I’d share the process as a tutorial to give an insight into the techniques used. We’ll use Photoshop to put together the poster layout with various textures and brushes, but also switch back and forth to Illustrator to create the typographic elements.

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Poster Mockups in Photoshop

poster-mockup

I shared some posters awhile back on Abduzeedo and got a few emails asking how I created the application mockups for the posters so I decided to post about the process. There are several ways to go about and of course you can find templates online, however, today I’ll show you an easy way to create simple mockups that you can reuse for your projects in order to give them a more realistic and professional look.

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Create a Cosmic Sci-fi Poster Design in Photoshop

Create a Cosmic Sci-fi Poster Design in Photoshop

I’m a great fan of sci-fi art. Have you ever seen a Metallica cd cover? Simply amazing. This kind of design inspired me to create a cosmic sci-fi scene. Today I want to show you how to create this image in Photoshop. This tutorial is for intermediate users who know how mask and selection tools work. We will use also a bit of Illustrator and Cinema4D. Have a try!

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Create incredible B-movie poster art

Create incredible B-movie poster art

This spoof movie poster design is a simple but effective way of tackling those graphics challenges where there seem to be too many thoughts to fit in: it enables the designer to combine slogans and other textual elements with the bare bones of a storyline and striking images, all bound up in an iconic format that everybody will recognize.

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Create a dark, creepy movie poster

Create a dark, creepy movie poster

In this tutorial we are going to create a movie poster based closely on the movie poster from The Last House on the Left. This tutorial will show you how to create a simple yet effective movie poster with a photo and some typography.

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Gig Poster Design

Gig Poster Design

A lot of people are making them. A lot of people suck. We don’t suck, and neither do you. This tutorial requires NO drawing talent… so don’t trip folks. You will however need Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or higher and Illustrator CS2 or higher.

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Create Powerball Effect for Movie Poster

Create Powerball Effect for Movie Poster

This tutorial will cover how to create a powerball (or energy ball) effect. It also shows briefly on the basic layout of a typical movie poster. The longest tutorial in 10Steps.SG. In fact, you can used this psd file and print out the poster throgh a poster printing service.

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Soul Rebel Poster Tutorial

Soul Rebel Poster Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show how to create an awesome illustration that can be printed as a poster to hang it on your wall. I broke down step by step from the beginning to the end so you can follow and understand exactly what I went through while making this piece, and you get to download the .psd at the end.

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Creating the Step Up 3D Effect in Photoshop

Creating the Step Up 3D Effect in Photoshop

3D is taking over the film industry, with more and more movies, games and magazines being released in 3D I thought I would share the secret with you on how to achieve 3D effects in your photos using Photoshop. I am going to use Step Up 3D’s Movie poster and then transform it into a 3D image using Photoshop. This is a easy tutorial to follow and I am sure a lot of people will find it very useful. You will now be able to turn any photo into a 3D image. Let’s get started.

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Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

 Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very cool poster in just 10 steps. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but you may use other tools. I’m working on the Pixelmator version as well.

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Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Digital graphics are largely dependent on the software used to create them. Given the clean, pixel-perfect nature of Photoshop, artworks always risk looking too perfect therefore it’s important to learn how to bring nature’s random variations into our digital creations. In this tutorial we’ll create an atmospheric poster for a dance party using the textured, retro look that’s so popular nowadays.

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How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game Poster

How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game Poster

Combine stock photos and design resources to create an awesome retro sci-fi themed game poster that takes inspiration from Atari games of the 80s. By mixing up bright and vibrant cosmic designs with old, distressed and grungey textures we’ll create a retro futuristic poster design for ‘Galactic Attack’.

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Inception Poster with Repousse in Photoshop CS5

Inception Poster with Repousse in Photoshop CS5

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create the effect of one of the Inception posters, the one with the word Inception made of buildings on an aerial photo of a city.

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Create a Vintage Art Deco Poster with Illustrator’s Grain Effect

Create a Vintage Art Deco Poster with Illustrator’s Grain Effect

Illustrator users can keep our hands clean and duplicate this technique with various texture effects. This is a beginner tutorial, which starts with basic shape-building methods. More experienced users can skip ahead to the texture part. Let’s get started!

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Create a Stylish Grunge Poster with 3D Typography in Photoshop

Create a Stylish Grunge Poster with 3D Typography in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a cool grunge poster in Photohop. We will play in particular with blending modes to mix stock images and with some filters to create nice effects. Also I’ll show you how to integrate 3d text into your compositions and how to replace existing colors using adjustment layers.

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Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

I will start off by drawing the letter-forms for the three words “ONWARD,” “AND” and “UPWARD.” From there I will show three ways to create simple, yet interesting 3D effects. 3D is the latest craze (See: nearly every movie that has come out in the last two years) but my interests are in 3-Dimensional lettering that has old school, subtle, simple, imperfect, more humanistic qualities. Drawing inspiration from vintage poster lettering, and overall aesthetics, everything will be wrapped together to create the full poster design.

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How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

As it’s Graphic Design Week here on Psdtuts+, let’s take a look at some basic Graphic Design principles and cast an eye over the Boxing Poster aesthetic from yesteryear.

Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let’s get started!

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How to Create an Ice-cold Poster with 3D Text

How to Create an Ice-cold Poster with 3D Text

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine stock images and 3D text into a cool poster. We’ll use an icy theme for it and color it the way we want. You’ll see it’s not that hard to create a simple appealing poster with effective use of text and imagery.

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Designing a Typographic Concept Poster

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster

In this tutorial I will take you through a few steps that will show you how I created a poster design. This illustration was created for a contest started by UPrinting Design over at You The Designer. I was one of the lucky winners. Also, because of the requests to write a tutorial on this design, I made some changes to it, and I decided to show you the design process behind this piece.

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Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

Designers love to be critical about movie posters, and while you may think you have better ideas about how to sell a movie to an audience, how many times have you actually tried doing it? In this tutorial, we’re going to create a poster for a fictional movie called “Fugitive.” The movie is meant to be a suspenseful thriller that features one’s escape under the cover of darkness, despite man’s attempt to capture the lone hero. Thin and cheesy plot? Check. Awesome opportunity to better your PSD skills? You got it!

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Create and Then Shatter a Grid, while Making a Typographic Poster

Create and Then Shatter a Grid, while Making a Typographic Poster

Let’s get our own share of typography with this dark and grungy poster. No, this is not your typical design, as we’ll be ‘breaking the grid’ in hope of creating a dynamic and exciting layout. So grab the usual tools of the trade, Photoshop and Illustrator, and follow these steps into creating your own solution.

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It’s Time to Create a ‘Neo-Constructivist’ Poster with Photoshop

It’s Time to Create a ‘Neo-Constructivist’ Poster with Photoshop

Constructivist graphic design is often associated with communist politics and propaganda, but it’s more than that, Constructivism is about using bright colors, playing with lightness, perspective, geometrical forms, besides photomontage techniques and digital collage. This time I’ll dare to name this tutorial a ‘Neo-Constructivist’ design. It’s time to get started!

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Design Striking Stencil Art for Posters

Design Striking Stencil Art for Posters

Digital artist Ian Keltie reveals how to composite elements in Photoshop and create a poster that deploys stencilled art to promote your message.

For many, the humble stencil has been a part of a personal history from when we used them as children to trace out basic shapes of houses, cars, and cats using cheap, plastic stencils.

And for most, stencils have remained firmly in the realm of playgrounds and classrooms, as we abandoned our stencilling ways and learnt illustrative and design crafts.

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High-Rise B-Movie Poster

High-Rise B-Movie Poster

Inspired by such great artists like Drew Struzan I wanted to do a different kind of a promo photo that looks more like a kind of a lobby card with a mixture of painted touch and filthy film grain look.

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Luxury Retro Car Poster with Paint Splashing Effect

 Luxury Retro Car Poster with Paint Splashing Effect

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Amazing Abstract Sports Poster

Amazing Abstract Sports Poster

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Perfume Commercial

Perfume Commercial

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Airplane

Airplane

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Vintage Truck Poster

 Vintage Truck Poster

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Skateboard Poster

Skateboard Poster

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Old poster effect

Old poster effect

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Sin City Style Poster

 Sin City Style Poster

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Jumper effect

Jumper effect

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Explosion cover

Explosion cover

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Awesome snowboard poster

Awesome snowboard poster

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Rock Poster

Rock Poster

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Dramatic movie poster

Dramatic movie poster

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Retro curves

Retro curves

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How to Design a Great Movie Poster

How to Design a Great Movie Poster

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Create a Professional Romantic Comedy Film Poster in Photoshop

Create a Professional Romantic Comedy Film Poster in Photoshop

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Create a Fun Horror Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

Create a Fun Horror Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

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Create a Cool Movie Poster in Photoshop

Create a Cool Movie Poster in Photoshop

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Designing a war movie poster

Designing a war movie poster

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How to Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

How to Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

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Making a Superhero Movie Teaser Poster

Making a Superhero Movie Teaser Poster

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How to Create a Medieval Movie Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Medieval Movie Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a 3D grunge metal movie poster title in Adobe Photoshop CS5 by using the Repousse tool. Every movie poster needs a spectacular title whether it is in a grunge, metal, typographic style. Due to the release of Creative Suite 5, we are finally able to create 3D titles within Photoshop without the use of complex and expensive 3D software such as 3DSMAX, Maya or Cinema4D.

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Inception Poster with Repousse in Photoshop CS5

Inception Poster with Repousse in Photoshop CS5

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create the effect of one of the Inception posters, the one with the word Inception made of buildings on an aerial photo of a city.

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Create a Gritty, Action-packed Movie Poster

Create a Gritty, Action-packed Movie Poster

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process of creating a visually striking design using a limited color palette. First, you’ll assemble a collage from various source files, then use some grungy, real-world ink stains and brushes for added grit. Next, you’ll work in tandem with Illustrator – using a combination of Live Trace and Pathfinder commands to create the distressed movie title.

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1 Comments

  1. Thanks for this very extensive list of tutorials. Such a wide range of design techniques. Personally I’m a fan of the sports design, but they’re all very useful.

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