In this tutorial I am going to show you some cool tricks to get some awesome custom wallpaper or movie poster. First we need to find our subject, I chose X-MEN movie.
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Start working by creating a new file (File>New) of 1600x1200px/72dpi. Then select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to give black color to background layer.
Next try to find a picture with X-Men characters on it. I used this wallpaper:
Cut out the main characters on the front plan, introducing them on our basic picture.
Create a new layer then and choose a standard brush to give some nuance to our picture. The brush has #10F6FF color (Opacity 35%). This layer needs to be placed lower than the characters’ layer on the layers’ panel:
Create another new layer and continue here representing the background, applying the same brush mentioned above. This layer will be placed lower than the characters’ layer on the layers’ panel.
On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply a standard brush of white color to draw many dots of different sizes and different opacity. This layer will be placed lower than the layer containing the characters.
On the next new layer choose the standard brush and white color (Opacity of 30%) to represent a kind of luminescence around the X-Men characters. This layer will be situated lower than the layer containing the same characters.
Create a new layer and choose this time the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to mark out the next demonstrated zone. This layer will be placed lower than the characters’ layer.
The marked zone should be filled with the color #81F4FF.
The layer’s parameters: Opacity 60%.
Make a mouse click on the same layer on Add a Mask selection on the bottom part of the layers’ panel and select later the standard brush of black color (Opacity of 15%) to clean out the painted zone.
Make two copies of the last made layer and choose Free Transform option for changing the copies’ sizes, placing them the way it is demonstrated below (lower than the layer containing the X-Men characters)
Next we’ll represent a kind of circle, applying the Ellipse Tool (U) which layer should be situated lower than the layer with the characters.
Set the next shown parameters for the last made layer by clicking on this layer on the layers’ panel: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Stroke
Make a copy of this last made layer and select Free Transform option to place the copy the same way indicated below.
Create a new layer and choose here the standard brush of white color (Opacity of 70%) to represent a spot of light.
Choose on the same layer the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to mark out a half of the same spot and press Delete button.
Choose next step the Free Transform option for the layer with cut spot and press the spot on its horizontal position, stretching it by the vertical position.
Turn it over and place it the same way as below. This layer should be placed lower than the layer containing the X-Men characters:
Set the next indicated parameters for the last made layer: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay
Try to draw the same way several more rays, placing them the way demonstrated next picture. The layers don’t need the effects.
Now we’ll hide several parts of the poster on the bottom part of the picture. In this case we’ll select the Rectangle Tool (U).
The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay