How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie departement in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. In this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a vintage style ski poster design. We will combine stock photos, textures and brushes with blend mode techniques and filters on our way to achive the final design.

Preview

First, take a look at the image we’ll be creating.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 1

Open up Adobe Photoshop and create a document with your desired poster dimensions. Fill background with white color. Remember to use a high DPI (between 150-300 dpi) and CMYK Color Mode if you are planning on sending your work to the press. For this tutorial, I created a document sized at 842x1190px, RGB Color at 72dpi for web use.

Step 2

Download and import onto our canvas Mont Blanc mountain and ski photo. Use image below as reference.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Add Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), pick up Gradient Tool (G), make sure that Foreground color is black (#000000), choose Foreground to Transparent gradient, and draw few gradients, starting from the bottom of the picture, to soften edges and blend image to the white background.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 3

Sky is just too plain so we will add some clouds to our composition. Download and insert onto our canvas Swept Sky stock photo. Scale it down a bit and position like on the image below.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Desaturate Swept Sky photo (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + U),

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

change Blend mode to Overlay,

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

and like in the previous step, use Layer Mask and Foreground to Transparent gradient to soften edge of the sky and blend perfectly with background.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 4

Grab Snowboard Jump Series 1 stock photo from sxc.hu, open it in Photoshop and isolate snowboarder using Pen Tool (P).

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Copy and paste snowboarder in our canvas, scale it down and position using the image below as reference.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 5

Install Free Hi-Res Splatter Photoshop Brushes, set Foreground color to white (#ffffff), create new layer on top, and using splatter brushes you just downloaded create snow around and below snowboarder.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Apply Layer Mask, and with Soft Round Brush, using black color, mask out some parts of the snow, to blend this layer perfectly into our composition.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 6

Slect all layers in group them (Cmd/Ctrl + G). Duplicate this group and then Merge Group (right mouse click on group and choose Merge Group). Finally hide Group 1 (turn off eye icon).

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Duplicate merged image twice, hide topmost layer, select layer just below topmost layer, and apply Gaussian Blur with Radius set to 5px.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Set Blend Mode to Multiply.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Unhide and select the layer on top, desaturate it (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + U),

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set Radius to 10px.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Change Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 7

Again select those 3 layers, duplicate them and merge them in one layer. Give this layer Gaussian Blur with Radius set to 5px.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Apply Layer Mask to this layer, pick up Brush Tool (B), and using Large Soft Brush with Opacity set to 40% dub few spots over the snowboarder.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Lower the Opacity of this layer to around 70%.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 8

It’s time to add some text to our composition. You will need Franchise Bold font, so in case you don’t have it already go ahead download it and install. Let’s start with first line of text “CHAMONIX-MONT BLANC”. Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Next grab Grunge Brush Set Vol1, apply Layer Mask to text, pick up any brush from just downloaded set of brushes, make sure that Foreground color is set to Black, set Opacity to around 40%, and paint over the Layer Mask.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Add another block of text.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Set Blend Mode to Linear Burn, Opacity to 70%, add Layer Mask, and again using brushes from Grunge Brush Set Vol1 paint over the mask.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Pick up Olympic Games logo and place like on the image below. Set Blend Mode to Screen for both: logo and text.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Add air carrier branding as well. I used Air France logo.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 9

Download and import into our design Paper0048_2 texture. Scale it down to fit our canvas and change Blend Mode to Multiply.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Use Ellipse Tool (U) to draw red (#810000) circle.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Change Blend Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 40%.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Import into our canvas metal texture 7 by ~wojtar-stock, scale down a bit, set Blend Mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 40%.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 10

Grab a free sample from Folded and Scratched Paper Textures Part II, import into our design, scale it down so it fits our canvas.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Change Blend Mode to Screen and lower the Opacity to 50%.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Let’s make a fold more intensive. Create new layer, with Polygnal Lasso Tool (L) create selection like on the image below,

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

make sure that Foreground color is set to white (#ffffff), and draw small Foreground to Transparent gradient using Gradient Tool (G).

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Create new layer on top, inverse selection (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + I), change Foreground color to black and draw small Foreground to Transparent gradient using Gradient Tool (G).

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Let’s take a quick look at what we did now.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Next we will add vertical fold using the same method explained above.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

At the end lower the Opacity of all fold layers to 60%.

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Step 11

This is the final step of tutorial. Add an adjustment layer to give our entire composition the color theme we are going for. Go to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness/Contarast to add an adjustment layer above all the other layers.

Set Brightness to +10 and Contrast to +80 and we are done!

Design a Vintage Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

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Nikola Lazarevic

Nikola is a Web Designer, Blogger, and M.Sc in Electronic Engineering from Nis, Serbia. Nikola is the founder of a small design blog called webexpedition18 that publishes graphic design and web development tutorials, articles about inspiration and posts on graphic design, web design and photography.

13 Comments

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  1. I’m not sure your type choices are making this look really vintage. Same for the snowboard.

    • Hey Simon… I think you’re right. Nikola was going for a modern look, but with a worn texture, which threw the title a bit. I think I’ll change it based on your comment. It just makes more sense to me. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Great design. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Alex

    Thanks by Nikola!
    Link this lesson from Russia! :)

    http://www.photoshop-master.ru/lessons.php?rub=5&id=1832

  4. this is fabulous! I’d prefer the result without Step11 :)

  5. Debu

    If that’s supposed to be snow under the snowboard, it’s completely unrealistic.

  6. What a bunch of haters!? Great work Nikola, and thanks for sharing.

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