Today’s exercise came from the February issue of Photoshop User Magazine. Corey Barker had an exercise in there to make a movie poster. Instead of using the supplied photos, I used some royalty free photos that I have permission to use. That way I can post the pictures.
I took the photo of the guy and free transformed the photo to get it to tilt. I then used the quick selection tool to separate the man from the background of the photo. I used refine edge to get a closer selection. I then exported my selection to my project as a new layer with layer mask. I then opened the second photo that I wanted to use as the background. I selected the move tool to drag the photo over to my project. Once I had the background in my project, I moved it in the layers panel so that it was behind my selection of the man. The next step was to add a motion blur to the background. I wanted the picture of the man to have more of an HDR look. First I duplicated my entire project. Then, I went to went to image and selected adjustment then HDR toning. I tweaked the sliders to give it a more grunge look. Once I’d gotten it how I wanted it I dragged the copy onto my original. I then moved the copy up to the top of the layers in the layer panel. I then set the blend mode to hard light. Because I wanted more of an HDR look I copied the layer of the man and used a high pass filter. I repeated this step one more time. I then added a type layer. I used a variety of layer styles to get the type to look the way I wanted.
Here is my movie poster: