How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how simple it is to create a vintage poster using different brushes, blend mode, adjustment layers and some very simple filters in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

Start working by creating a new file (File>New) of 1920×1200px/72 dpi. Open the next page: Grungy Paper textures and download out of it the paper textures. Insert one of the textures as a background for our poster to be.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Now we’ll make some color correction. Click on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on the Create new fill or adjustment layer>Curves

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

… and then on the Create new fill or adjustment layer>Hue/Saturation

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Find a stock photo with the old radio on it. I have used this photo: Vintage Radio from SXC. I would like to thank the author: Craig Jewell.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Cut it out, inserting it on the new layer:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Make a copy of the radio’s layer. Click on the layers’ panel on Lock Transparent pixel and select a brush of black color to paint the copy’s layer.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Switch off the Lock Transparent pixel on the layers’ panel and select for the layer Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Create a new layer under copy of the radio’s layer and choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill this new layer with white color.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Put together both layers (the copy of the radio’s layer and the layer filled with white color). Hold CTRL button, select the layers and finally press CTRL+E to Merge Down. On the rasterized layer we’ll apply Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Place this layer under the layer with vintage radio. Set for this layer Blend Mode to Multiply:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Next we’ll download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop named: extremelyABSTRACT_by_env1ro, Floral_by_solenero73, bloodbrushes2_invaynestock. Create a new layer and choose for it the set’s brushes, named: extremelyABSTRACT_by_env1ro

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Make some brushstrokes and place this layer lower than the radio’s layer:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set for this layer Blend Mode to Pin Light:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

On the next new layer we’ll apply the brushes of white color, named bloodbrushes2_invaynestock

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Make some brushstrokes and place this layer above the previous layer, but under the layer containing the vintage radio.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set for this layer Blend Mode to Linear Light. Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Bevel and Emboss as shown:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Add Bevel and Emboss>Texture (Patterns)

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Settings for Bevel and Emboss>Texture

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set options for Gradient Overlay

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Gradient Editor parameters:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

We’ll represent a small circle of the color #7B5D2A for the next new element with Ellipse Tool (U).

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), we need to select the zone along the line’s width and press DELETE button. This way we’ll cut the circle on small lines.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Cutting the circle, we may turn it over with Free Transform option and place it the same way as in the next picture. Place this layer under the layer containing the radio.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Make a copy of the last made layer and choose Free Transform option to make the copy smaller, placing it the same way as below. The layer will be situated under the radio’s layer too.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

On the next new layer we’ll choose the brushes of white color out of the set Floral_by_solenero73. The brushes must be applied with different Opacity parameter from time to time.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Drop Shadow as shown:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Create a new layer which must be filled with Paint Bucket Tool (G), giving it the color #959595

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Select for this layer Filter>Noise>Add Noise

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set for this layer Blend Mode to Soft Light.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Create a new layer again applying here the Gradient Tool (G) to dark out the top part of the picture.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Select for this layer the next option: Filter>Distort>Wave

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Using Free Transform option, turn over the made black lines, stretch them out by their length and place them the way from below:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Click on this layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and apply a brush of black color (Opacity 15%) to clean out the lines on the radio.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Gradient Overlay as shown:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Gradient Editor parameters:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Create a new layer and select for it a brush of yellow color (Opacity 20%) to represent several spots on the indicated places:

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop
How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Set for this layer Blend Mode to Saturation.

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Finished!
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