Photoshop Tutorial: Airbrushed Film Poster Style Photo Effect

Photoshop Tutorial: Airbrushed Film Poster Style Photo Effect

How's it going everyone this is Chris fromSpoon Graphics with another video tutorial.

Now I've always loved the style of those classicmovie posters that were drawn by hand with advanced air brushing techniques, from masterartists like Drew Struzan.

Imagine the poster art for original Star Warstrilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, and pretty much any action/adventure film from the 80s! They all feature incredibly life-like depictionsof the the actors and characters, which are almost like photos, but they have a clearhand painted appearance with subtle brush strokes, outlining marks and quite high contrastwith vibrant colours.

In today's Photoshop tutorial I'm going toshow you a mix of filters and adjustments we can apply to a photograph to mimic thatretro style airbrushed painted look.

The effect works best with quite dark andlow key photos, especially those with a lots of grainy details, rather than clean and brightstudio shots with perfect skin tones.

The image I'll be working with is this stockphoto of an old western cowboy from Shutterstock.

So begin by opening your chosen image in AdobePhotoshop.

Since the effect works best with gruff details,start by adding a High Pass overlay to bring out the details.

Drag the background layer onto the new layericon to make a duplicate, then go to Filter > Other > High Pass.

Enter 2 pixels so you can just see the imageemerging from the grey overlay.

Change this layer's blending mode to LinearLight to dramatically sharpen the image.

Create a snapshot of the image as a new layerby going to Layer > Merge Visible, but hold the ALT key while clicking the option to createa copy at the top of the layer stack.

The first key ingredient for this effect isthe Oil Paint filter, which helps move the picture from a photo to a hand painted image.

Go to Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint.

Change the Stylization option to 2, the leavethe rest of the settings at 10.

Drag this Oil Paint layer over the new icon,or use the shortcut CMD+J to make a duplicate, then change the blending mode to Overlay todarken the image and boost the colours and contrast.

Switch over to the Channels panel, then holdthe CMD key while clicking on the RGB thumbnail to load a selection of the highlights of thesubject.

Switch back to the Layers panel and Copy andPaste this channels selection onto a new layer.

Change the blending mode of this highlightslayer to Vivid Light to increase the colours and contrast even further, which helps replicatethe tones of a hand painted image.

Tone it down slightly by reducing the opacityto around 80%.

Head to the Select menu, then choose Reselectthe load the channels selection again, then create a new layer.

Fill this selection with pure white usingthe CMD+Backspace shortcut.

Change this layer's blending mode to SoftLight to tone down some of the vibrancy and bring back some brightness to the image.

Use the Merge Visible command while holdingthe ALT key to make a new snapshot, or using the finger contorting shortcut CMD+ALT+Shift+E.

We'll use this layer to add some brushed outlinesto the effect.

Head to Filter > Filter Gallery, then navigateto the Poster Edges effect under the Artistic menu.

Change the settings to 0 Edge Thickness and0 Edge Intensity, then max out the Posterization.

This effect adds some nice darker outliningmarks, but another key aesthetic of those real airbrushed posters is similar highlightstrokes.

Create a duplicate of this Poster Edges layer,then go to Image > Adjustment > Desaturate.

Head back to the Filter Gallery, and go toStylize > Glowing Edges.

Change the settings to 1 Edge Width, 2 EdgeBrightness and 1 Smoothness.

Change this layer's blending mode to Screento render the black areas transparent, leaving just the white highlight lines.

Reduce the opacity to around 70%.

Another common theme of classic film postersis a heavy grain texture.

Create a new layer then go to Edit > Fill.

Change the drop down menu to 50% Gray.

Head to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and configurethe settings to 20% with the Gaussian and Monochromatic options checked.

Change the blending mode of this layer toOverlay to allow the underlying artwork to show through.

To finish off the effect, we can overlay anold paper texture to replicate the aged look of those real poster prints.

You can find this paper texture image forfree from Pexels.


Paste it into the document, then change theblending mode to Soft Light.

The final result does a great job of mimickingthe airbrushed effect seen on those retro film posters.

The initial oil paint filter did a lot ofthe work by adding brushed strokes to the photograph, then a range of contrast and colourboosts, along with the outlining marks helped further replicate the hand painted look.

The grainy overlay and paper texture finishedit off nicely with a tactile printed poster appearance.

So I hope you have some fun using this effectin your projects.

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