Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
For those of you who like horror and the macabre, I’m going to show you how to create this horror
movie poster. I provided a PSD file, so you can follow along. Its link its located in
the video’s description or project files. It includes this human skull, concrete texture
and movie poster credits. Hide the top 2 layers and make the concrete texture visible and
active. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Levels”. Make the Input black: 47 and
the Input white: 209. Make the Skull, visible and active. Click the icon at the upper, right
of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. This will allow us to modify
the skull non-destructively. Double-click the Smart Object to open its source. We’ll
separate the skull from the black background by using the Magic Wand Tool. Make the Tolerance
approximately 40 and make sure “Contiguous” is checked. Click anywhere outside the skull.
This makes a selection around it. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift
+ I. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut out the skull and copy it to its own layer. Hide the
original layer. We’ll use the cut-out skull as a displacement map for the blood streaks
that we’ll be adding later. The displacement map will make the blood streaks look like
it’s wrapping itself around the contours of the skull. To make the skull into a displacement
map, click the icon at the upper right of the Layers panel and click “Duplicate Layer”.
Click “New” and type in “Displacement”. Then, click OK. Go to File and “Save As”. Save it
to your Desktop as a PSD file and click “Save”. When you see this window, click OK and then,
close the Displacement tab. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the cut-out skull to make a selection of its shape. We’ll fill the selection with black, but first, if your foreground and background
colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Since black is
your foreground color, press Alt or Option + Delete. Delete the selection by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + D. Make the top layer active and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to make a copy of
it. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Levels”. For the Input Black, type in 91,
for the Input Midtones, type in 1.54 and for the Input White, type in 205. Let’s restore
back some detail from the top of the skull. To do this, make the top skull active and
click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to it. Click the skull under it
to make it active and reduce its opacity to 60%. Click the layer mask to make it active.
Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the Linear Gradient is active. Click the gradient
bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click the “Foreground to Transparent” box and click
OK. Go to the top of the skull and press and hold Shift as you drag the gradient line to
the top of the eye sockets. Then, close the Smart Object tab. When you see this window,
click “Yes” to save the changes. Change the Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Next, we’ll create
the blood streaks. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill it with white
and since white is the background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Click the foreground
color and in the hexadecimal field, type in: 9B0202. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return.
Now, your foreground color is the color you just typed in. Go to Filter, Render and Fibers.
Make the Variance: 5 and the Strength: 10. Then, click OK. Press Ctrl or Cmd + L to open your Levels window. For the Input white, type in: 200 and click OK. Go to Filter, Distort
and Displace. Make The Horizontal and Vertical Scales: 50, the Displacement Map: “Stretch
to Fit” and the Undefined Areas: “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Then click OK. Click the “Displacement”
file that you saved earlier on your Desktop and click “Open”. Notice. immediately, the
blood streaks became distorted based on the displacement map created from the tonal values
of the skull. Change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn”. Next, we’ll add a soft, shadow. Click
the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Press “D” on your keyboard to make the foreground
and background colors default to black and white, respectively. Open your Elliptical
Marquee Tool, go to the top, left corner of your image and drag out a selection to the
bottom, right corner. Go to Select and Transform Selection. Go near a corner and rotate it
clockwise. Drag it the left and press Enter or Return. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 200 pixels and click OK or press Enter or Return. Invert the selection by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd +Shift + I. Press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the selection with black.
Then, deselect it. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and open list of fonts. I’m using “Abaddon
II Regular”. If you’d like to use it, I provided that link, as well. For this font, I’ll start
with a size of approximately 100 points, Sharp and right alignment. Click the color box and
pick white. Then, click OK. Click on your document and type out your first 2 lines of
text. To adjust the space between the lines of text, also know as “leading”, highlight both lines
and go to Window and Character. The Character panel will open. Drag the Leading icon to
the left or right. Since it’s easier to adjust the size of each word if there’s a lot of
space between them, temporarily make the leading wide as in this example. Click to the right
of your second word and continue to type out your text. To enlarge a word, highlight it
and drag the size icon to the right. To make a line of text smaller, highlight the line
and drag the size icon to the left. Continue to adjust the words until you’re happy with
their sizes. To close the space the lines, highlight the second line and drag the Leading
icon to the left. Highlight the next line and drag it it up. Continue to adjust your
title until your happy with its spacing. To reposition it and adjust its overall size,
click your Move Tool and open your Transform Tool. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it out or in. When you’re
happy with its size and position, press Enter or Return. We can close the Character panel
now. Convert your text into a Smart Object, so we can change or edit the text at any point
without having to redo the effects that we’ll be adding to it. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to
make a copy of it. Make the bottom text active and go to Filter, Blur and “Motion Blur”.
Make the Angle: 90 degrees and the Distance: 200 pixels. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add
an ethereal, glow to part of the text, as well as a drop shadow to your entire title.
To do this, Shift-click on the text copy to make it active, as well and then, convert
both layers into one Smart Object. Open your Lasso Tool and draw a selection around part of your title. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the inside of the selection and copy it to its own layer.
Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 40 pixels and click OK. Make your title
active and click the “fx” icon. Click “Drop Shadow”. Make the Blend Mode: Color Burn,
the color: black and the Opacity: 70%. The Distance is 18 pixels and the Size: 7 pixels. Then, click OK. Make the Credits layer visible and active and change its Blend Mode to “Screen”. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!