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1950's Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Let's create a 1950' s pin up poster in Photoshop using selections, Filters, Adjustment Layers, and textures! Thanks to one of my subscribers for the suggestion! Feel free to add your suggestions for future tutorials in the comments below.

1950' s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

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Starting Out

To begin, you need to select the image you want to work with. I found a great image over at Shutterstock.com that will work perfectly!

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Selection

In order to extract your model from the background, you need to create a selection. In this case, the Quick Selection Tool will be a great choice! Simply brush over your model to create a selection. Of course, any selection method that you prefer will work fine.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

If required, you can also use Refine Edge to catch any stray hairs that may have been missed in the initial selection. Refine Edge will also allow you to save your layer with a Layer Mask.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Background

Once your model has been extracted from the background, it's time to create a new backdrop. On a new layer below the model, fill it with a desaturated yellow.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Now before adding any Filters to the background, it's always a good idea to convert to a Smart Object. This will allow you to edit the Filters at a later point, if needed. Under the Filter menu, you can choose Convert for Smart Filters.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Once that's done, you're free to add Filters, which will be non-destructive. The first Filter I'm going to add will be Texturize. This can be found in the Filter Gallery.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Next, a Spatter filter.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

This will leave you with a nice, rough background.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

To add to the 'old' background feel, we're going to 'burn it up'. On a new layer, add soft black spots around the outside of the document, as seen below.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Once they're in place, change the Blend Mode of that layer to Overlay to blend it with the background.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

The Model

For the model, we're going to be working with three copies. Above the current layer, add a Vibrance Adjustment Layer in order to slightly desaturate the model's skin tones.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Now, creating a duplicate of the model's layer, we're going to add a few Filters. Make sure to convert to a Smart Object first! The first Filter will be Poster Edges.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Next, Noise.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Once the Filters have been added, change the Blend Mode of that layer to Soft Light.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Finally, create a duplicate below the current model layers. This will act as the shadow. When that's done, fill the layer with black. As long as you still have a Layer Mask applied, only the model should appear filled in. When it is, convert to a Smart Object and transform to squeeze/shift the shadow.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Now, adding a new Layer Mask, fade the shadow out using a black gradient towards the top.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Adding a slight Gaussian Blur can help increase realism. A 6px blur should work well.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Finally, decrease the Opacity until it looks natural.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Text

Now we can move onto the text. This will be simple. Using your font of choice, type out a few words in a slightly desaturated color.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

In your Layer Styles window, use the Blend If slider for the Underlying layer to fade out the highlights. (Hold down Alt/Option to split the slider).

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Texturize!

As an optional step, you can place additional textures on top of your image, and adjust the blending to give your design an even older feel. Below, I added a grunge map from CGTextures.com, set the Blend Mode to Soft Light, and decreased the Opacity.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

Curves!

To finish things off, a very slight Curves Adjustment Layer can help sharpen up the tones of your image.

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

With the right tweaking, you can achieve a really nice looking pin up poster!

1950s Pin Up Poster in Photoshop

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Howard Pinsky

Online Photoshop instructor at IceflowStudios, hobby photographer

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