Tutorial – Creating a Late Night Party Flyer
In this tutorial we will play around with Photoshop to create a cool poster for a fictional upcoming party called “Late Night Party”. Let’s get started!
The first step is preparing the document. Open a new document and set it to A4, 300dpi and instead of CMYK choose RGB. I will explain later on why I did that.
Then press CTRL+R (CMD for Mac users) to activate the rulers and drag guildelines to each margin. Then go to Image – Canvas Size set the unit you use in your country and increase both the width and height with 0.5mm or 0.25in depending on your choice.
For this tutorial I will use a city photo I found on google images. Use a big photo to ensure the design will have a sharp look. Drag and drop the photo in the new document we just created and add 2 more guidelines to define the vertical and horizontal center. Since we will only use the right side of the photo, rotate it until the right side buildings are almost parallel with the vertical guidelines then scale it up until the vertical center is in the white space between the buildings and the photo covers the top right part of the poster.
Then press M ( Rectangular Marque Tool) and select only the top right corner of the poster and with the photo layer selected press CTRL/CMD + J to duplicate that area of the photo. You can delete or hide the original photo layer since we won’t use it anymore.
Duplicate the new photo (CTRL/CMD + J ), flip it horizontally ( Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontally) and then align it to the left of the document.
Select the two layers and go to Edit – Transform – Flip Vertically and align them to the bottom of the document. Then select the four photos and merge them together by pressing CTRL/CMD
Create one square using the Rectangle Tool (U). Start in the center and while holding down SHIFT + ALT draw a square. Then select the “Subtract Front Shape” option in the top menu and repeat the process.
Select the new shape and go to Edit – Transform – Rotate 90 CW and then duplicate it by pressing CTRL/CMD+J. Scale the new square up until you get something similar to the image bellow.
Create a new square and rotate it 90 degrees. After you rotate it adjust it so the space between the squares we created is the same like in the image bellow.
Make two duplicates of the photo layer and place each one above the first and the second square. With each layer selected press ALT+CTRL/CMD+G to create a clipping mask.
Then select the photo above the Square1 shape and rotate it 90 degrees and scale it up until you can’t see the shape underneath it anymore.
Time to add some effects. Go to the effects in the layer panel and add a Brightness/ Contrast effect above the photo layer.
Duplicate it (CTRL/CMD+ J) and move it above the first photo copy and clip it (ALT+CTRL/CMD+G) . Then change the Brightness to 130 and the Contrast to 5
Next go to the effects and choose Solid Color and pick any color, I chose blue, and then set the blending mode to multiply.
Make a duplicate of the “Square 1” layer and place it above the photo copy and clip it (ALT+CTRL/CMD+G) then set the color to white and the blending mode to Saturation. Select the Square 1 layer, the duplicate and the photo and move it above the Solid Color layer.
Now we add the plexus texture from “SomethingDesign” and place it bellow “Rectangle1” layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Then make a duplicate of the layer to give the plexus effect more contrast.
With the Elipse Tool (U) selected make a thin and long shape and set it to the color you picked for the “Solid Color” layer and then duplicate the layer, scale it down about half its size and set it to white.
Select both layers and rotate them 45 degrees CCW (counter clockwise) while holding shift. This way you will make sure it rotates perfectly. Then move it to one of the extremities of “Square 1” . Press CTRL/CMD+ G to group the 2 layers and then CRTL/CMD+J to duplicate the group 2 more times and position them to the other margins.
Select the three groups and duplicate them and go to Edit- Transform – Flip Horizontally. Allign the groups on the other of the squares. Duplicate the six groups and go to Edit – Transform – Flip Vertically the create the full effect as in the photo bellow.
Make sure to group all layers and name the final group to be able to distinguish them later when you want to make changes.
Now we have to toggle on the “Rectangle 1” Layer and add the title. Change its color to either black or dark blue depending on what base color you chose. For the first word of the title I will go with “Henerale Outline”. If you have a short word as I have make it as big as possible but not bigger than the white band from the center of the design.
Next add the Late & Party words above and bellow the word Night. I didn’t want anything fancy so I chose Open Sans Light for these two words.
To make the text more visible add another Brightness/ Constrast effect layer above the white Square 1 layer, clip it ( ALT+CTRL/CMD+G) and set the Brightness to -30 and the contrast to -50.
For the BlueMoon and Free Entry text I used this settings:
Blue & Free
Moon & Entry
For the body text I used Open Sans Light and these following settings
As you might remember, I told you to choose RGB instead of CMYK in the beginning. That was because of the Plexus texture I used.
Now If you want to print it go to: Layer – Flaten Image.
Then change the image mode to CMYK by going at : Image- Mode – CMYK . This will make the colors look a bit different.
Add a brightness/constrast effect and set the brightness to : 0 and the contrast to 100. If you picked another color you will have to play with the values until you get it right.
Then go again to Layer – Flaten Image and CTRL+ SHIFT +S and save as TIFF.
If you want to make a flyer for your local party and will go to a printshop that allows you to come with RGB files you can opt for that because as you can see there is a slight difference in color between these modes.
Hope you liked this tutorial and found it useful.
This concludes the “Late Night Party” poster tutorial, by Vede Emanuel. Stay tuned for more awesome stuff.