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Creating an old poster in Photoshop  

 
Written by Sabina  
Thursday, 06 December 2007
Category Adobe Photoshop - Editing, Misc and Effects  
 
You may have seen pictures of old-like looking pieces of paper on the Internet and you might have wondered how they had been made. In the following sections you will find a step by step tutorial about how to make an old poster. You can create such an image either from scratch, or you can very well apply the following tips to any existing picture (a postcard or a family portrait).We will begin with a new image which we will create from ground zero.
 
1) You first need to create the basic shape. Let’s create an 800 x 600 image which we will use for our purpose. After you have created the shape you will work on, create a new layer (click the Create New Layer icon which is placed in the layers palette). Rename the new layer “Basic Shape”.
 
2) Draw a rectangular shape using the Rectangular Marquee tool. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool () and draw a rectangle. Double click on the foreground color in the tool bar marked with red. In the “Color Picker” window that opens enter the value “EEE0C5” (beige) in the area marked with red as shown in figure 1.
 
Figure 1.
 
3) Click “OK”. Select the “Paint Bucket tool” () and fill the rectangular selection with the current foreground color as shown in figure 2.
 
Figure 2.
 
4) Go to Select / Deselect menu to remove the current rectangular selection. Now you have a rectangular shape having a beige color. It may have the old-look color, but you need some additional elements, such as some stains. Select the foreground color and instead of the “EEE0C5” color used above, use “EECE93” as shown in figure 3.
 
Figure 3.
 
5) Create a new layer by clicking the create layer icon () which is located in the layers palette and name it “Medium Color”. Next, select the “Paint Bucket tool “and fill the layer with the current foreground color. Clip this layer with the previous layer by pressing the Ctrl+G command. as shown in figure 4.
 
Figure 4.
 
6) Click on the “Add layer mask” icon () located in the layers palette in order to add a mask to this layer. Make your fore- and background color white and black by pressing the letter D on your keyboard. Go to the menu and select Filter > Render > Clouds to add some clouds to your picture, clouds which will represent the stains in the final image. It is up to you the size and the location of the clouds added to the picture, to make the impression that there are big stains over the drawn shape.
 

 
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