Photoshop: How to Create a 1950s-style, Vintage, Pin Up Illustration Poster!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a classic,
1950’s, vintage pin up illustration poster. I provided a Photoshop template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description below
the video or in my project files. It includes an aged, paper texture background, a large shape, a smaller shape and a retro starburst. I also included a retro font called, “Maiden
Orange” in case you’d like to use it in your poster. Open a photo of someone that you’d like
to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to make a selection around
your subject, so we can separate it from its background. There are many ways to so this and he method you choose depends of the characteristics of your photo. For this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool. Starting in CC 2020, you can select your subject
automatically by clicking the “Select Subject” button. To check it, press “Q” on your keyboard to
see it as a quick mask. It does a pretty good job overall, but you
still may have to use the quick Selection Tool to fill in any areas if might have missed. Press “Q” again to revert it back into a selection. To refine its edges, go to Select. If you’re using a version earlier than CC
2015.5, click “Refine edge”. If you’re using 2015.5 or later, click “Select
and Mask”. If you prefer to use Refine Edge, Shift-click
“Select and Mask”. I did in-depth tutorials on both of these
filters, so f you’d like to watch them, I provided links to them, as well. Click “Smart Radius”, which detects feathery
and sharp edges. Drag the Radius a bit to the right and drag
your tool over the soft or feathery edges like hair. To prevent the background colors from creating a color fringe around the edges of your subject, check “Decontaminate Colors”, which fill the
edges with the subject’s edge colors. I’ll drag it all the way to the right. Output it to a “New Layer with Layer Mask”. To place it onto the poster template. press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag
your subject onto the tab of the template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. To resize and position it, open your Transform
Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner. If your using a version earlier than CC 2019, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. To position it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and drag it. Then, press Enter or Return. We’ll convert our subject into a Smart Object,
so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
and click “Convert to Smart Object”. We’ll jump our subject to the top of the Layers
panel by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the right bracket key on your keyboard until the layer
is at the top. Go to Image, Adjustments and Shadows/Highlights. Check “Show More Options”. Before we start adjusting the Shadows, Highlights
and Adjustments, keep in mind that since every photo has its own characteristics, feel free
to play with the setting amounts. For this image, I’ll make the Shadow amount:
50%, the Tone: 50% and the Radius: 30 pixels. I’ll make the Highlights amount: 20% and the
rest, I’ll keep at their default amounts. Go to Filter, Stylize and “Oil Paint”. Make the Stylization: 2, the Cleanliness:
0.9 and the Scale: 0.1. The Bristle Detail is irrelevant, since the
Lighting is unchecked. Go back to Image, Adjustments and Shadows/Highlights. This time, I’ll make the Shadows amount: 70%, the Highlights amount: 10% and the 10 pixels.Radius: I’ll make the Color: 0 and the Midtone: 80. Go to Filter, Blur and “Surface Blur”. Make the Radius: 10 pixels and the Threshold:
20 levels. Basically, Surface Blur blurs the image with the exception of the edges. Double-click this icon to the right of Surface Blur, which opens the Smart Filter Blending Options. Change its blend mode to “Screen” and
reduce its opacity to 30%. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Texture folder and click “Grain”. The Intensity is 40 and the Contrast is 50. The Grain Type is “Regular”. Let’s save some space in the Layers panel
by collapsing the smart filters. Scroll to the large shape and double-click
the Layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a color for the large shape. I’ll type in 598794, but feel free to choose
any color you like. Click “Inner Glow” and color box. Pick a lighter version of the color you just picked. I typed in 61BBBA. The Blend Mode is Dissolve and the Opacity
is 90%. The Source is Edge, the Choke is 100% and
the Size is 10 pixels. Click Stroke. The color is white, the Size is 20 pixels
and the Position is Outside. The Blend Mode is Dissolve and the Opacity
is 70%. Next, we’ll add color to the background. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click,
“Solid Color”. In the hexadecimal field, type in 5CDBFF. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Change its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Next, we’ll softly reveal back the paper in the center. Make the layer mask active next to the color fill. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Pick a soft, round brush. We’ll adjust the brush size is a moment. Make the Hardness: 0% and the Opacity and
Flow both 100%. To adjust the size of your brush, first, make
sure your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Make it approximately this size and click twice. Next we’ll add the paper texture inside the shapes. Make the Background active and make two copies
of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J, twice. Shift-click the bottom copy to make it active,
as well, and press Ctrl or Cmd + the left bracket key until the two paper copies are
at the top of your Layers panel. Hide the top paper copy and and make the lower copy active. Change its Blend Mode to Screen and reduce
its opacity to 70%. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Levels”. We want the adjustment layer to affect only
the background copy directly below it. Since Adjustment Layers affect all the layers
below them in the Layers panel, we’ll need to clip it or restrict it to the background copy below it. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. In the Input Shadows field, type in 253. Click the Adjustments panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Adjustments. Click the “Black White” adjustment icon and clip it. Make the top, paper copy visible and active. Change its Blend Mode to Multipy and reduce
its opacity to 30%. This adds an aged, yellowish color cast to
our poster. Double-click the small retro shape layer to
open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a color. Next, we’ll create a complimentary outline. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail to make
a selection of its shape. Make a new layer and name it, “Outline shape”. Go to Edit and Stroke. Make the Width: 3 pixels, the color: black
and the location: outside. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Go
to Edit, Transform and Flip Horizontal. Change its Blend Mode to “Color Burn”. Next, we’ll change the star’s color. Double-click the thumbnail of the star shape to open its Layer Style window and click Overlay”.”Color I’ll move the window over so we can ultimately
see the star. Click the color box and pick a color. Then click OK on both windows or press Enter or Return twice. Next, we’ll add text. Make the top layer active. We’ll place our text above it. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and Type Picker. Pick a font you like. I’m using “Maiden Orange”, which I provided the link to. I’ll make its size approximately 70 points,
but feel free to adjust the size depending on the font you choose and the amount of characters in your text. I’ll make the aliasing Smooth and left alignment. Click the color box and pick a color for your text. Click on your document and type out your text. If you want to italicize it, highlight your
text and click the Character/Paragraph icon or go to Window and Character. Click the Italicize icon. To resize, reposition and/or rotate your text, click your Move Tool and use your Transform Tool. Then, press Enter or Return or click the check-mark
at the top. Next, we’ll add a stroke and a drop shadow
to our text. Double-click the text layer to open the Layer Style window. Click “Stroke” and the color box. Pick a color for the stroke. I’ll make the size: 5 pixels and make the
Position: Outside. Click “Drop Shadow”. The Blend Mode is Multiply, the color is black
and the Opacity is 20%. The Angle is 18 degrees, the Distance is 34 pixels, the Spread is 0 and the Size is 16 pixels. Lastly, we’ll cast a shadow from our subject. Make your subject active. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail to make
a selection of your subject’s shape. Create a new layer below your subject by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New layer icon. We’ll fill the selection with black, but before we do, make your foreground color black by pressing “D” on your keyboard. Press Alt or Option + Delete. Then, deselect it. Go to Edit, Transform and Distort. Go to the top middle anchor point and drag
it down to angle that relates to the source of light on your subject. Drag the anchor points to manipulate the shape
of the shadow. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 4 pixels. Next, we’ll add more blur to the top third
of the shadow. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag
it over the top third of the shadow. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 80 pixels. Go to back Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 30 pixels. Then, deselect it. Reduce its opacity to 30%. The last step is to fade out the shadow from the top. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask next to the shadow. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the
Linear gradient icon is active. Open your Gradient presets and click the Black
and White thumbnail. Go above the top of the shadow and drag down
at the same angle of the shadow approximately halfway. Then, release. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. Armée Graphics February 2, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Your voice is so relaxing it reminds me of the voiceovers in old commercials

  2. صلاح دين ديهاجي February 3, 2020 at 12:02 am

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  4. Queendidine C February 3, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Great tutorial thank you for sharing!

  5. emma lissette alvarado vasquez February 3, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Wonderful master

  6. Tara Aliyeva February 3, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Thank you Master Jedy Mardy!

  7. Wilker Alves February 3, 2020 at 1:10 am

    very good tutorial

  8. Dg Visual February 3, 2020 at 1:43 am


  9. Simo Harjane February 3, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Love this guy! love how he stacks adjustment layers onto of each other to get a unique look . very creative

  10. hussain mohammed. mahf February 3, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Wonderful ❣️ sir excellent work

  11. Calista Rasmussen February 3, 2020 at 3:40 am

    Is there a way to get this similar effect without using Oil Paint?

  12. Sabbir31x Entertainment February 3, 2020 at 5:35 am

    absolutely stunning 🤍

  13. Kelsey M February 3, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for all these free resources

  14. Petite CosplayGirl February 3, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Great tutorial!

  15. Dragon THY February 3, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Teacher you are forgot to provide the chainlink of the text

  16. MiKe DraGoNs February 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm


  17. King of Fire February 3, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful ! Thanks so much Master.

  18. Mario A. Diallo February 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    that was a nice one M. cheers

  19. Mitsubishi Hashimoto February 3, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Like always, great tutorial.

  20. Allan France February 3, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Brilliant as usual you make everything so simple to follow along Thanks

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