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Photoshop Tutorial: Create “The Martian” movie poster using Your Own Face!

January 21, 2020

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I thought it would be fun to show you how
to recreate the movie poster of “The Martian” using your own face or anyone else’s. I provided a Photoshop template that includes the poster’s astronaut spacesuit and a channel that we’ll
use to place a face inside the helmet. I also provided an image of a Martian landscape
that we’ll use as a reflection over the face on the glass of the helmet. They’re both located in my video’s description
or project files below. In addition, I included a link for the font that was used in the poster. Open a sharp, well-lit photo of a face looking
directly at you. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. If your photo needs its brightness and/or
contrast adjusted, open the “Levels” window by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + L. Since every photo
is different, you’ll probably adjust their input shadows, midtones and highlights need
to be adjusted differently. For this photo, I’d like to darken its midtones,
so I’ll drag the Input midtone slider to the right. We’ll convert your subject into a Smart Object,
so we can continue to modify if non-destructively and, if we want to, replace it with different
face without having to re-do the effects. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. To place it into the poster, make sure your
Move Tool is active. If it isn’t, press “v” on your keyboard. Drag it onto the tab of the poster and without
releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down and release. Pressing “Shift” kept it centered or the document. Don’t size it just yet. Open your Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click of Cmd-click the black and white
channel to make a selection of its shape. Open back the Layers panel and click the Layer
Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. To resize the face inside the layer mask, click the chain-link icon to unlink the layer and the layer mask. Doing this, allows us to resize and/or re-position
either of them independently of the other. Make the face active and press Ctrl or Cmd
+ T to open your Transform Tool. If the Transform’s bounding box is outside
your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. To re-position it, go inside the bounding
box and drag it. Size and position it, so you don’t see the
ears and the bottom of the chin should rest at the bottom of the layer mask. If the face is slightly at an angle, you’ll
want to straighten it by going outside the bounding box near a corner and when you see
a curved, double-arrow, rotate it until the face is vertical. Then, press Enter or Return. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Reduce the opacity of the face to 80%. Open the Martian landscape I provided. We’ll give it a convex distortion to conform
to the curved glass of the helmet. But first, we’ll convert it into a Smart Object,
so we can do it non-destructively. Go to Filter and “Lens Correction”. Click the “Custom” tab and drag the “Geometric
Distortion” to the left approximately this much. Convert it into a Smart Object once again
and drag it onto the tab of the poster. As before, without releasing your mouse or
pen, press and hold “Shift” as you drag it down and release. Go to the layer mask and press and hold Alt
or Option as you drag a copy of it next to the Mars landscape. Change the Blend Mode to “Overlay”. We’ll reduce the size of the Martian landscape
over the helmet. Open your Transform Tool and see its entire
bounding box. Reduce the landscape over the helmet and fit
it onto your canvas. Continue to adjust its size and position. Then, press Enter or Return. Reduce its opacity to approximately 50%. Next, well darken the top of the forehead,
since the the helmet is casting a shadow over it. Make the face layer active and click the New
Layer icon to make a new layer. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the layer mask to
make a selection of its shape. We’ll expand the selection to ensure that
all of that that entire area of the forehead will be darkened. Go to Select, Modify and Expand. Expand it by 6 pixels. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the empty layer. Make the empty layer active and open your
Gradient Tool. Make sure the “Linear” gradient icon is active. Open your Gradient thumbnails and if you don’t see the
“Black to Transparent” thumbnail, click the gear icon and click “Reset Gradients”. Then, click the “Black to Transparent” thumbnail. Go to the top of the forehead and press and
hold Shift as you drag the Gradient Tool halfway down and release. Change the Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ J and reduce the copy’s opacity to 50%. Next, we’ll add a highlight spot, which gives
the appearance of a sun flare on the helmet’s glass. Make the top layer active and click the New
Layer icon to make a new layer. Change its Blend Mode to “Overlay” and name it, “Highlight”. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Make its Size: 250 pixels and the Hardness: 0%. The Opacity and Flow are both 100%. Place your cursor halfway over an edge of
the face and click once. Feel free to reposition the flare by pressing
“v” to open your Move Tool and dragging it. Next, we’ll add the text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and if you
want to use the same the font as in the real poster, open “UVF Bourgeois Medium” for which
I provided the link to. Make its Size: 68 points, Sharp, Center Alignment
and white for the color. Click the “Character/Paragraph” panels icon. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Character. Make its “Leading”; 106 points. Leading increases or decreasing the amount
of space between lines of text. Make its “Tracking”: 140. Tracking is the amount of space between letters
in a word, line, or paragraph. The Horizontal and Vertical scales are 100%. Click on your document and type out your text. To center it on your poster, click the Move
Tool and press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select your canvas. Click the “Align Horizontal Centers” icon
and the “Align Vertical Centers” icon. To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Mikey Colon September 25, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Awesome – thank you.

  • Reply RolUdVid September 25, 2017 at 1:22 am

    That's pretty cool, you've even taught me some new/old shortcuts 🙂

  • Reply Kori September 25, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I love the content Marty!

  • Reply Yuri Silva September 25, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Awesome man

  • Reply Ibrahim Mansor September 25, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Good . Egypt

  • Reply Michael57 September 25, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Once again !!…Great job, always informative tut"s …been using Ps for 22 yr's and still like watching everything you do …well done…M57

  • Reply Seven Stone Studio September 25, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Can you make some text effect?

  • Reply Eduardo Freitas September 25, 2017 at 3:21 am

    ur the best bruh

  • Reply Xavier Designs September 25, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Oh Marty… you spoil us!

  • Reply Symon Volgan September 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I'm having trouble to download the font

  • Reply Roberto Braicovick September 25, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Grazie Marty !

  • Reply Hennie Nathan September 25, 2017 at 6:40 am

    i love ur tutorials.. so easy to follow

  • Reply محمد ابراهيم العربي September 25, 2017 at 7:41 am


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  • Reply Brumart September 25, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Bonjour de France.
    Bravo Marty, c'est toujours passionnant de suivre vos tutoriels. À chaque fois, on découvre de très bonnes idées, faciles à mettre en pratique car très très bien expliquées. Continuez longtemps vos tutos

  • Reply Colin Adams September 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    How did you create the channel?

  • Reply Nitro Gen September 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Hey marty you are great ..please do a tutorial on how to change white and black colors of an object to any other color please

  • Reply Colin Adams September 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I have downloaded the PSD, how do I get it into a channel? Thanks

  • Reply shortyvsp September 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you so much! Love your videos

  • Reply AJ Sharf September 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Creativity perfection

  • Reply Hamza Farooq September 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I don't know why buts it's not opening the psd on my computer, it says it's not a valid photoshop document

  • Reply Gunners Assasin September 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Good tutorial. i like your creativity

  • Reply Jeff Glover September 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks, as always, Marty!

  • Reply laszlo zsurka September 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

    You make the best tutorials.

  • Reply Payaw The Hut September 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    HI Marty I"m a big fan of You..Your a great teacher to me…Keep inspired and teaching Us..

  • Reply Hennie Nathan September 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    the PSD file is corrupted

  • Reply Jim Isaac September 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Absolutely AWESOME! Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Naik Mahadev October 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    can I edit with version of photoshope cs6 2012

  • Reply SNEHAL JADHAV October 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Finally I create this my 1st tutorial in 15 mi

  • Reply Catherine Clark November 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    How to place the face?

  • Reply Remaster April 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

    lol I used doraemon's

  • Reply krishnamoorthi jayakumar June 16, 2018 at 9:09 am

    i cant download the psd file

  • Reply Daizor Daiwik August 27, 2018 at 8:21 am

    what do I do if I have darker skin? I personally have brown skin so when I use the overlay filter everything becomes orange-ish in colour. Any tips?

  • Reply Rafael Borges December 25, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Amazing man! Thank's a lot!

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