Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage, Russian Constructivist Poster


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to make this
Russian Constructivist poster, which I based on the poster by
Alexander Rodchenko,
one of the founders of Constructivism. I provided a Photoshop template for you
to download, so you can follow along. Its link is located in the video
description or project files. I also provided links to the fonts we’ll
be using. If you’re not sure how to install fonts,
watch my tutorial on how to do this. I provided that link, as well.
The template include some basic elements of the design. Click off the eyeball of the circle to
temporarily hide it. and click on the thumbnail of Layer 2
to make it active. Click on the New Layer icon
to make a new layer above it. We’ll fill it with white. To do this, press Shift + F5 key on your keyboard. Choose White. Then, click OK. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery.
Open the Sketch folder and choose Halftone Pattern.
The Pattern Type is Line, the Contrast is 50 and the Size is 8. Then, click OK. Go to Select and Color Range. Choose Shadows. The Fuzziness and Range are Zero…and choose Selection.
Then, click OK. We can trash the pattern,
since we have its selection. Go to a red area and press the letter “i”
to open the Eyedropper Tool. Left-click to pick up its color and press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the
selection with the foreground color, which is red. Delete the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D.
Hide the bottom three layers. Open your Paint Bucket Tool and make sure “Contiguous” is checked. Click between the red stripes
to fill that area in and click on the next empty area.
Skip the next empty area and click on the following two.
Continue to fill in two and skip one.
Click on the foreground color and type in 2 5 3 0 7 3 and click OK or press Enter or Return. Click on the
fourth stripe to fill it with the dark, blue color. Click on the empty area below it to fill that in as well. Continue until the fourth
stripe from the bottom is also filled with blue. Go to “View” and make sure Rulers and Snap are checked.
If they aren’t, just click on them. Press “d” on your keyboard to make the
foreground and background colors black and white, respectively.
Open the Rectangular Marquee Tool, go to the upper left corner and drag out
a selection to the bottom and nine inches across. Press Alt or Option + Delete
to fill it with black and then, delete the selection.
Make all the layers visible and go to Edit, Transform and Perspective. Go to the top, left corner and drag straight down to four-and-a-half inches. Make sure the vertical edge of the black triangle doesn’t overlap the light-colored stripes.
Then, press Enter or Return. Hide the circle layer. Go to the top, left corner and drag out a rectangle to the bottom
of the document and the edge of the criss-cross.
Press Delete on your keyboard to delete the black
area to the left of the criss-cross.
Then, delete the selection. Make the circle layer visible again
and double-click on the thumbnail of Layer 3 to open its Layer Style window. Click Stroke and the color box. Click on the light color and click OK. Make the Size 10 pixels and the Position is Outside. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. We need to hide the top
and bottom lines in the red area. To do this, make a new layer and press “z” to open your Zoom Tool. Drag a rectangle over the top corner.
To see more to the right of your image, press and hold the Space bar as you drag your image.
Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a rectangle to the top edge
of the light color. Press and hold Shift as you continue to
add rectangular selections over the top, light-colored stripe. Press “i” to open your Eyedropper Tool
and click on the red color. Press Alt or Option + Delete
to fill the selection with red. Then, delete the selection. Go to the bottom of your document, open your Rectangular Marquee Tool again and repeat the same steps to cover the
light-colored stripe. To see your image at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. Make the circle layer active and double-
click it to open its Layer Style window. Click Stroke and the color box. Click on the light color and click OK. Make the Size 10 pixels. Click Inner Glow and the color box. Click on the black area and click OK. Make the Blend Mode: Dissolve
and the Opacity: 80%. Make the Size: 70 pixels and click OK. Next, we’ll place an image into the blue circle. Open an image you’d like to use. It can be
anything relevant to your poster. We need to make a selection around it
in order to cut it out from its background. For this example,
I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool and use a relatively small size.
I’ll drag the tool over the image
until I’ve made a selection of it all. To see the selection, I’ll press the letter “q” to make it into a Quickmask. If you need
to retouch your a quickmask, you can use your Brush Tool.
I’ll press “q” again to revert it back into a selection.
To cut your image out from its background,
press Ctrl or Cmd + J. Press “v” to open your Move Tool
and drag it up onto the tab of the poster.
Without releasing your “mouse” or pressure-sensitive pen,
drag it down onto the poster and release. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of the
circle to make a selection of its shape. Click on the Layer Mask icon to make a
layer mask of the selection Click off the chain link, which unlinks
the image and the layer mask. This allows us to move either one
independently of the other. Make the image active and drag it to a
position you like. If you want to re-size or rotate it, press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool. Go to a corner and when you see a
diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Shift + Alt on Windows or Shift + Option on a Mac, as you drag it in or out. Click inside to reposition it. To angle it, go to a corner and when you
see a curved,double-arrow, rotate it. Continue to adjust it until
you’re happy with its size, position and angle.
Then, press Enter or Return. If you have “color fringe” surrounding it, go to Layer, Matting and Defringe. I’ll defringe it by two pixels. Next, we’ll convert the image into a black
and white halftone. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. The Halftone Pattern filter should
still be open from the last time. Change the Pattern Type to “Dot”.
Adjust the Size and the Contrast to your liking.
I’ll make the Contrast: 3 and the Size: 1. Next, we’ll give it and aged, sepia color. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon
and choose “Color Lookup”. If you have version CS5 or earlier, click “Photo Filter” and choose the Sepia option. Click the “clip-to-layer” icon, which
restricts the adjustment layer to effect just the one layer beneath it. If you don’t clip it, the adjustment
layer will effect all the layers beneath it in the Layers panel. Another way to clip it
is to press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Click “Load 3D LUT”
and choose “Candlelight Cube”. We’re ready to add text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool
and click on your document. I’m using “Kremlin Minister Black”. If you’d like to use it or a similar
font called, “Kremlin”, I provided their links. I’ll make the size approximately 30 points, Sharp and Left Alignment. Click the color box, click the light color and click OK. Type out your text. Click on your Move Tool
and open you’re Transform Tool. Drag it to the left and enlarge it until
it fits comfortably on the top red area. Then, press Enter or Return. Make a copy of your text by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Press and hold Shift as you drag it straight down
until it fits comfortably on the bottom red shape. Press “t” to open
back up your Type Tool and highlight your first word.
Click on the color box and pick Black. Then, click OK. Make your other text layer active and highlight the second word
at the top. Click on the color box and again, pick black. Open your Move Tool
and click on the top layer. Open your Type Tool and click on the black area. For the next font, I’m using “LVDC Common2”, which I also provided its link to. Click on the color box and click on the red to pick up its color. Type out your text. Click on your Move Tool
and open your Transform Tool. Re-size and position it relative to the
text to its right. Then, press Enter or Return.
You can still move it if you’d like. Make a copy of it and press and hold Shift as you drag it down. Repeat the steps to create text
on the blue shape. Open your Type Tool and left-click on
the black shape Click on a color box and click on the red to pick up its color. Click OK and type out your text. Open your Move Tool, drag your text to the left
and open your Transform Tool. Re-size and position it. Make a copy of it and drag the copy just below the text
above it. Open your Type Tool, highlight the text and type in another word. Open your Move Tool
and your Transform Tool. Re-size and position it, so it’s aligned
with the length of the other text. We’l merge these text layers by
Shift-clicking on the large “T” of the lower layer
and pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E. Next, we need to find the horizontal center of the triangular shape. To do this, scroll down and make its layer active.
Open your Transform Tool, click on the top ruler and
drag down a guideline to the center until it snaps in place. Then, press Enter or Return.
If you don’t see it, press Ctrl or Cmd + H. Scroll back up and make the top layer active. Open your Transform Tool
and drag it to the middle until it snaps in place.
Center it on the black shape and go to Edit, Transform and Perspective. Go to the top, right corner of the Transform and drag it up. If you want, you can go to the top, left corner
and drag it down a little. Drag it to the left or right to center it. Then, press Enter or Return.
Hide the guideline by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H. The edge of the text has gotten a bit soft
after we distorted it with the Transform Tool, so let’s clean it up.
Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a selection a bit over the edge
of your text. Press the Delete key to delete the area
of the text inside the selection. Then, delete the selection. Repeat the
steps for the other areas that appear too soft. Next we’ll add a border that surrounds
the entire poster. Make a new layer and fill it with any color. I’ll fill it with White. Reduce the “Fill” to Zero. Double-click on the thumbnail
to open its Layer Style window. Click Stroke and the color box. Click the light color and click OK. Make the Position: Inside
and the Size: 10 pixels. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add texture to
the olive green shapes. First, we’ll make a “composite snapshot”
of our image. To do this, press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows
or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Open your Magic Wand Tool.
Make the Tolerance anywhere between 0 and 50
and make sure “Contiguous” is checked. Click on the top, green shape to make a selection of it.
Then, press and hold Shift as you click on the lower, green
shape to add that selection. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut and
copy the shapes to their own layer. Double-click on the thumbnail
to open its Layer Style window. Click Inner Glow and the color box. Type in 6 9 6 3 2 2. Then, click OK. Make the Blend Mode: Dissolve
and the Opacity: 60%. Make the Size: 30 pixels and click OK. Next, we’ll add some texture
to the poster. First, make another “composite snapshot” and go to Filter and Filter Gallery.
Open the “Texture” folder and click “Texturizer”. Make the Texture “Sandstone”, the Scaling is 100%, the Relief is 4 and the Light is from the top. Then, click OK. If you’d like to give it
stains and scratches, open your Brush Tool and click on the gear icon. I provided
the link to this great brush set of stains and scratches created by “Dawghouse Design Studio”. If you’re not sure how to install
brushes, watch my tutorial on how to do this. I provided that link, as well.
When you see this window, click OK to see just this brush set in the
thumbnail window. I’ll click the last brush for this example. Notice, the size is quite large at 2500 pixels. I’ll reduce it to 1800 pixels
and reduce the Opacity to 25%. Go to the center of the image and left-click. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!

70 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage, Russian Constructivist Poster”

  1. 🙂
    Яцssiaп Сопsтгцстiบisм. 😀

    We – russians have a lot of fun with you – americans when we see how you are show as in your movies: USSR, communism, severe winter, Vodka, drunk Ivan, balalayka, russian mafia, Stalin, KGB, Dostoyevsky, russian accent, Gorbachev, Kalashnikov, and (omnipresent) Putin.
    By the way we call it cranberry (klyukva).

  2. Hey, thanks for another great tutorial. This one, and the vintage comics are my favorite. Keep the vintage videos coming. And one more thing you think you could do a video on how to make like an super hero logo, like flash for example.

  3. You have taught me so many cool things making my photoshop skills jump up so much. I do your tutorials and put a spin of one of my fandoms on them. Keep up the great work.

  4. Hi Marty, on 1:38 when I did trash the pattern, my layer has gone, went to the trash. How do you do that wihtout trashing the layer? Thanks a lot for your great tutorials

  5. On this vintage poster the only thing I had trouble with was getting the filter gallery to get the output that you Mr. Marty Geller got on the hands with the hafltone/dot/size/pattern type.  Other than that, I got 97% of tutorial done!

  6. Hey Marty,
    Why is the red stripes on 2:06 look half transperant? In your video the stripes you fill with the paint bucket tool look different then the ones you did with the alt+del, but when I do it it looks exactly the same.

  7. This is exactly the thing i was looking at learning to do. Thanks Marty – you are as legendary as all the people say you are and more!!

  8. at 1:38 you say click shadow, 0% 0%, selection, then ok. a pop up prompt appears It says no pixels selected

  9. hey marty, thanky for your geat tut´s! 🙂  i´m missing the "clip-to-layer" icon to effect just one layer. may i can effects this otherwise ?

  10. Great stuff, once again, learned that the style is "Constructivist" and really found some interesting reading about it. Many thanks. Keep up the great work!

  11. woow que difícil
    amigo estuve mucho tiempo te felicito eres lo máximo te deseo muchos éxito y se
    que seguirás haciendo esto que es lo mas lindo.

  12. When I downloaded the template, it gave me the final image. I am not sure how to get setup like you have it in the beginning of the video. can you help ?

  13. This was an amazing tutorial! I have never logged in to my account to comment below any video on YouTube how ever I've always been thankful to the tutors but your style of teaching was beyond imagination! you inform us fully about tools and what they do! thank you thank you and thank you again

  14. i fuckin love you, my A level art course is based on propaganda but i have to make it about brexit, thanks so much

  15. Excelente tutorial, tengo un problema, al seleccionar por "color range", lo hago exactamente como en el video pero me muestra "No pixel selected", ¿Qué me estoy olvidando?

    ¡Muchas gracias!

  16. Great tut, Marty. It's 4 years old and still gorgeous. I really appreciate the resources links too. Saves so much time. Very thoughtful.

    Shame you can't remember the audio source. Definitely ochi cherniye but I cannot find this old instrumental version anywhere.

  17. Excelente! Pero sigo teniendo este problema: al seleccionar por "color range", lo hago exactamente como en el video pero me muestra "No pixel selected", ¿Qué me estoy olvidando?

  18. I honestly love this!! I have a art examination and my project is propaganda style posters and this has helped me!

  19. In order to use candlelight.cube I need to buy this: https://creativemarket.com/TheHixel/616022-Photoshop-Actions-Creator

    Is there another way?

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