26 Beautiful Photoshop Tutorials on Designing Posters

Jun 16 2009 by Tomas Laurinavicius | 23 Comments

Posters are excellent examples of art with a purpose: an effective poster must not only show, but must also tell. With the following tutorials, not only will you be shown how to create beautiful digital art pieces, but also get to learn a hodgepodge of digital art techniques and methods that you can adapt later on into your design projects.

In this article, you’ll find top-notch tutorials for creating posters. Not only will you be learning specific procedures for creating posters, but also Photoshop and general design practices such as photo-composition, illustration, coloring processing, typography effects, working with custom shapes, using Filters in unique ways, and much more.

1. Shoe Advertisement Poster Using Floral Elements

Shoe Advertisement Poster Using Floral Elements

Using some popular design trends (floral elements) and masterful use of the Burn Tool to amicably integrate them into the poster’s subject, you will learn several great Photoshop techniques by following along this well-written tutorial.

2. Retro Boxing Poster

Retro Boxing Poster

Make a vintage/retro styled design by following along this excellent step-by-step Photoshop tutorial. You’ll be able to learn the methods involved in adjusting images sourced from different assets so that they are similar to each other.

3. Space Invaders Poster

Space Invaders Poster

This Photoshop poster design tutorial exposes some great techniques –  most notably – a technique for applying a beautiful and unique type treatment to the design’s text. You will also discover a great use for the Brush Tool: adding details to your art pieces’ subject.

4. Furious Pink Panther Poster

Furious Pink Panther Poster

Although this tutorial is for drawing a "pink panther", the stock photo used is of a tiger; that fact does not take away anything from the quality of the instructions and the end-result of this tutorial by GoMediaZine.

5. Grunge Rock Poster

Grunge Rock Poster

Rock out in this Indie band theme grunge poster design tutorial that utilizes a "Displacement Map" technique for creating the tattered and colorful background and the popular "starburst" element to create a design that truly pops out to its viewers.

6. Fragmented Golden Phone

Fragmented Golden Phone

In this tutorial, you will be creating a cool-looking poster that uses a mobile phone as the subject; the photo-effects are stunning: smoky elements, and the top part of the subject fading into text.

7. Vector Political Poster

Vector Political Poster

In this Photoshop design tutorial inspired by Sheppard Fairey’s political poster series, you will see a method for recreating a very similar effect onto your artwork that involves the skillful use of the Pen Tool to select different sections of the canvas.

8. Earth Day. Green Planet

Earth Day. Green Planet

This Photoshop tutorial goes over some beginning-level methods for achieving a professional poster look that centers around an environmental theme. You’ll be using Layer Styles, transforming objects using the Warp Transform Tool, and a whole lot of other processes for making beautiful digital artwork.

9. Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements

Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements

Learn about Photoshop techniques involved in the creation of beautiful and digitally drawn works of art in this step-by-step tutorial based on the unique style of Digital Illustrator and Graphic Artist Alex Beltechi (the tutorial writer).

10. Poster Celebrating the Passing of Spring

Poster Celebrating the Passing of Spring

Masterful Photoshop artist Simon Hubbert shows us how to create a one-of-a-kind poster design that uses the theme of the spring to summer transition period. You will discover how to use the Radial Blur filter to create a unique color transition.

11. Awesome Colorful Poster

Awesome Colorful Poster

Create a stunning and eye-catching poster based on the Ray-Ban Colorize ad campaign using several Photoshop techniques such as tweaking Image Adjustment settings and quick/hassle-free selection using the Magic Wand Tool.

12. Colorful Pastel Typo

Colorfull Pastel Typo

Learn to create a nice-looking poster that is centered around a unique, retro-inspired typography set against a textured background for extreme contrast.

13. Cool Movie Poster

Cool Movie Poster

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will witness the use of techniques such as color correction and manipulation, and adjusting an object’s perspective for accurate superimposing to create a beautiful movie-like poster.

14. Dark and Grungy Poster

Dark and Grungy Poster

By reading through this awesome Photoshop tutorial, you can learn about a wide array of techniques including blending images together to create a harmonious and one-of-a-kind worn-and-torn grunge-themed poster.

15. Awesome Grunge Poster

Awesome Grunge Poster

Study and discover the Photoshop techniques used in the creation of grunge art piece in this tutorial that has a remarkable finished product. What’s great about this tutorial is that you can learn in two ways: watching the screencast or following along text-based tutorial.

16. Futuristic Abstract Poster

Futuristic Abstract Poster

Learn the techniques required in creating an enigmatic and captivating futuristic poster by following along this excellent Photoshop tutorial that utilizes basic techniques such as the Radiant Blur and Cloud filters to create a surreal and unique poster backdrop.

17. Portable Gaming Device Poster

Portable Gaming Device Poster

This beautiful poster design benefits from the use of free and downloadable stock images to give the design a unique and eye-catching look. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll also learn techniques for preparing and retouching photo subjects that will be used as digital art components.

18. Impactful Child Welfare Poster

Impactful Child Welfare Poster

Many posters portray shocking scenes to grab peoples’ attention to the message it is trying to convey. Such a poster is featured in this Photoshop tutorial that will test your skills with the Path Tool and show you a technique for giving text a nice drop shadow.

19. Skateboarding Poster

Skateboarding Poster

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will witness a cool technique for creating stacked, multi-color silhouettes on the art piece’s subject. You will also learn how to use the Pen Tool to create a nice trail to add the feeling of motion and dynamism onto your designs.

20. Retro Poster

Retro Poster

This retro/grunge themed design uses various techniques and design trends that results in a beautiful poster. You will learn the basics of using Perspective Transform to create a three-dimensional look-and-feel using the popular multicolor retro ribbons.

21. Stylish Fashion Advert

Stylish Fashion Advert

Learn some unique Photoshop techniques by following along this Photoshop tutorial. Particularly, you will learn to use the Clone Stamp tool to apply a distinctive type effect treatment onto your poster’s text.

22. Amazing Diamond Advertisement Poster

Amazing Diamond Advertisement Poster

This Photoshop poster design tutorial involves the use an array of intermediate level photo-editing techniques such as using the Brush Tool with custom settings and masking using the Pen Tool. Several free and downloadable stock images (over 10 of them from different sources) are applied and modified to create a unique and eye-grabbing poster.

23. The Ocean’s Freshness

The Ocean’s Freshness

This ocean-inspired poster design utilizes the Clouds Filter to create an underwater, deep-sea overlay. What’s cool about this tutorial is that you can also discover a way to use the Soft Brush tip to add a hazy mist that gives the design a unique design element.

24. Typographic Concept Poster

Typographic Concept Poster

This Photoshop tutorial outlines a time-intensive but very eye-grabbing method of creating a unique type treatment (by positioning words to spell out letters). Set against a dirty grunge background, the outcome of this piece is a vintage/grunge look and feel.

25. Constructivist Propaganda Poster

Constructivist Propaganda Poster

In this Photoshop poster design tutorial, you will learn to create a collage composition using one of a kind design elements.

26. War Movie Poster

War Movie Poster

Learn how to create a scene that involves faux rain set against a beautiful backdrop using Photoshop techniques such as the Noise filter with Layer Styles (to add in the rain) and a Chrome Adjustment Layer to add a weathered effect on the art piece’s subject (the soldier).

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Tomas Laurinavičius is a blogger and designer from Lithuania who’s currently studying Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark. Check his work at his personal portfolio site and follow him on Twitter.

23 Comments

Media Militia

June 16th, 2009

Thanks for including our “Awesome Grunge Poster” Tut.

Keep up the great work!

John Fredrickson

June 16th, 2009

Hehe, the inspirational Obama political one is funny.

Tim Smith

June 16th, 2009

Awesome Round Up! I find this very useful! Thanks for posting.

Blue Blots

June 16th, 2009

Nice tutorials indeed. this will take a while :)thanks!!!

Mohammad

June 17th, 2009

Thanks, I really like them, bookmarked :)

dave

June 17th, 2009

“SpellBIDING” FTW!

Great tutorials, too.

Binoj Xavier

June 17th, 2009

Nice Post Tweeted :)

Web

June 17th, 2009

I loved “Typographic Concept Poster” as i am into typography a lot
That was nice collection, thank you

Tom Ross

June 17th, 2009

Really awesome post, thanks for including several tutorials from PSDFAN! I loved how you gave each tutorial a unique description/summary rather than just plastering a load of thumbnails together, it really helped to identify the unique benefits of reading each tutorial. Keep up the great work!

cadeau maestro

June 19th, 2009

An awesome selection !

robb

June 26th, 2009

nice collection there.
i like movie poster the most.

Ashley Adams

June 29th, 2009

This is a nice collection, – varied and exciting. I suggest that anybody who wishes to hone his or her designing skills (or Photoshop skills) should go through each of these tutorials. There’s a lot to be learnt from these beautiful designs. Thanks for the post.

mike

June 29th, 2009

a poster is 70% idea and 30% design.
these tuts will teach you to make an 0% idea posters with 0% design.
it’s a waste of your time.

saiko-raito

September 24th, 2009

@mike why you can say that??

Lauren Jordan

October 8th, 2009

I love the tiger one! I haven’t tried out the tutorial on it yet, but I usually like to try these things out on my own first, and if I get stuck, then I check out how others have done it so I can get the techniques down.

Tess

July 1st, 2010

Really nice post :) Some really nice tutorials. Love the one “The Oceans Freshness”. Thanks for sharing.

Efren D'great

September 17th, 2010

nice tutorials..,,, i had used them in my project… tnx for for it.. i love it!!!!!

ik

February 13th, 2011

great collection of tutorials
thank you for sharing

Atulperx

May 9th, 2011

Nice showcase of poster tuts. I like the last one – solder in dark .

Anojay

August 6th, 2011

Nice Tutorial it help me a lot! keep posting.

manu

September 17th, 2011

thank you

Annoyed

October 14th, 2011

You have copied these tutorials from everyone else.
This is plagiarism.

sonam

October 15th, 2011

this help me in winning poster making competion

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