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Star Wars Movie Poster Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 17584 Views March 4th, 2016

Star Wars is an American sci-fi film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series, Star Wars (was later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)) quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The most recent episode is The Force Awakens released in 2015.

In this tutorial we are going to recreate the Star Wars movie poster in Photoshop using as focus point one of the most popular characters from this series, Darth Vader.


In this tutorial we are going to create a version of the Star Wars movie poster in Photoshop. Even if he is missing from the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I choose Darth Vader as main character because is so scary and cool.

Create a new PSD file of around 900x1060px. You can make a larger canvas but I give you the sizes to have the width/height proportions. Create a new layer and fill it with black color. Copy this premade background in a new layer and call it Desert Background.

Use the Clone Stamp Tool to fill the upper area with more clouds. Hold down the ALT key and the cursor will change to a target. Click the point that you want to be the sample point. This will be used as the reference for cloning.

Create a new layer and copy this clouds image like shown in the preview. Call this layer, Clouds.

Add a layer mask to the Clouds layer. We use the layer mask to hide portions of the current layer and reveal the layers below. Masking layers is an useful compositing technique for combining multiple photos into a single image.

Pick the Gradient Tool and use a black and white gradient with 100% opacity. Make sure you have the layer mask selected (click on the layer mask thumbnail). With the Gradient Tool selected, click and drag across the image like shown in the preview. A short drag creates a short gradient and a long drag produces a smoother more longer gradient.

Return to the Desert Background and add a Gradient Overlay layer style to darken the bottom area of the image.

Add a Gradient Map above all of the current layers. This is an adjustment so, you can find it on the Image > Adjustments menu. How it works: it applies a gradient of color to your image depending on the tones in the image. So, where the image is darker will receive the tones from the left of the gradient and where the image is lighter will receive the tones from the right of the gradient. The midtones are colored with the color in the middle of the gradient.

Double click on the Gradient Map thumbnail to change the settings. Click on the gradient to set the gradient color tones: #8f0e0d, #600029 and #ffffff

Change the blend mode of the Gradient map adjustment layer to Soft Light, opacity 50% and you should get this result.

To make the background look more like a sci-fi landscape we will add this galaxy photo in a new layer. Set the blend mode to Screen, opacity 100% .

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8 comment(s) for "Star Wars Movie Poster Photoshop Tutorial"

5:29 AM Monday, March 14, 2016
Great tutorial, thank you for sharing! I added the good guy, Luke Skywalker Jedi and I hope you like my result :) reply
7:44 AM Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Great result, keep up the good work in Photoshop! reply
3:31 AM Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Another Star Wars photo manipulation made by Faraon62 and inspired by this tutorial. reply
12:41 PM Thursday, April 21, 2016
I did it with Kylo Ren, but this tutorial is awesome. Thanks so much! reply
12:45 PM Thursday, April 21, 2016
I am glad you like my tutorial. Keep up the good work :) reply
3:13 AM Thursday, June 09, 2016
Learn how to create a grungy propaganda Star Wars themed design poster for the Rebel Alliance in Adobe Photoshop with dirty textures, spray paint effects and a low-cost, hand made feel. reply
1:19 AM Saturday, December 03, 2016
Please help me. I want to make a poster 30 X 40 inches tall. So do I make 3000 X 4000 pixel document to work in?
Thank you for your time!
. reply
1:21 AM Saturday, December 03, 2016
To create a new document go to File > New and set the Width to 30 inches and Height to 40 inches. If this is for print you have to set the Resolution to 300 pixels/inch . reply

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