Photoshop Tutorial : How to Make a Movie Poster
A movie poster is your first line of attack we getting people to know aboutÂ your filmÂ unlike a movie trailer you can put your poster in as many places as you want.Â Â The idea behind a movie poster is to get people to want to see your filmÂ you should be thinking about that fact throughout your design ideas.
As you begin to sketch out visualize your designÂ you want to think about the genre of your film. This seems like a no brainerÂ but it’s really important everything you do with the poster will be dependentÂ upon the genreÂ next you need to determine the mood of the poster within its genre. For example horror movie could be slasher orÂ horror thriller or the difference being is the slasher has a lot of violenceÂ and the thriller would have less violence. You may or may not want toÂ depict the mood of the film by portraying thatÂ now you want to decide which are the cast will be in the poster. This can range from $9 like this poster to a full ensembleÂ like this one. It all depends on the movie but generally it is a good idea toÂ show who is starring in a movie. Especially if it is someone an audience to recognize let’s analyze a famousÂ poster like this one.
To get an idea of how to put one togetherÂ the Star Wars posters are staples a traditional classic movie postersÂ that feature the lead cast along with a few other elements that are important toÂ the movie. In this case we are looking at Star Wars Episode oneÂ not the best movie in my opinion but a very cool posterÂ first the background. Black space is to make the more colorful elementÂ standout and to imply that the movie is in space.
Secondly there’s a large use a bright light as you can see the two sons aÂ tattooing shine brightly between all the charactersÂ shine and flair the signs creates a sense a fantasy imagination in Granger. But simply it makes it look like a really big deal the character spreadÂ throughout the poster showing a different ways to convey theirÂ importance to the storyÂ Anakin sky walkers the little boy in the center he is the focus of the filmÂ see put him in the middle the eyes will always focus on the middle of the posterÂ above into his right or to the posters leftÂ is a big head shot quite on gin played by liam neeson. Two reasons for this: he was the mentor for both Anakin and obi-wan Kenobi. He led on the plot more than anybody in the movie, he served as the emotionalÂ core of the storyÂ either that or he was the top build up the cast meeting.
He was paid the mostÂ this is unlikely but there are plenty of situations where the top build actorÂ gets feature on the poster more than anyone elseÂ usually the main character. So it works out fine to the right a mannequin isÂ Queen AmidalaÂ her unique appearance already creates interest where she fromÂ what is their significance to the story. She’s the only woman on the poster so itÂ can be assumed that she might be the romantic interestÂ to the lower right R O B one and Jar Jar BinksÂ will be one is shown holding his light-saber this is to let the audienceÂ know two things: what kind of character only one is in this movie young and adventurousÂ and the lightsaber itself to remind people that those awesome light sabersÂ will be seen in the movie.
Even the whale the one hold the lightsaber denotes a certain moodÂ at the thing about posters and movies every elementÂ in the image need to be thought out beforehand charger smaller indicating aÂ more supportive role but hisÂ odd looking goofy smile implicate that he is the humorous characterÂ damages left are the Naboo ship Queen AmidalaÂ transport and r2d2 and c3po knows the c3. PO is not a visible platingÂ now playing at all this tells us something about the movie. Perhaps heÂ wasn’t done being builtÂ I mean everyone knows the answer now but few knew for sure before the movie cameÂ outÂ this adds to the sense of wonder this makes you want to see the movie.
Ship next to the Droid X ensure its science fantasy nature the filmÂ it looks different than anything any other previous Star Wars have seenÂ the ship is sleek beautiful and streamlinedÂ very little. In the previous films had designs like this implying that we’llÂ see in new vision of Star Wars with new shipsÂ environments et cetera all things the audience will look forward toÂ finally a bright red and black face with menacing orange eyes covers nearly theÂ entire background. The posterÂ this is the villain of the movie Darth Maul the crimson red colors in theÂ expression on his face implant angerÂ the size of his face on the poster implies how big a threat he is.
The fact that you can’t see all his face and the fact that he’s behind everyoneÂ implies a sense of mystery and the name of the movie “The Phantom Menace” now that’s the design of the characters and setting one thing to noteÂ is that this poster is painted by Drew strewn in. Unless you’re a skilled as painting is this guy you won’t be doing what he did. But you can imply very similar things in PhotoshopÂ now that you get the idea other posters basic design you need to add the titlesÂ credits. The long line everything with the log line is obviousÂ but the purpose of the log line it to the liver in one or two sentencesÂ a compelling phrase tells you a little bit about the movie.
In this case the log line is every saga has a beginningÂ this implies that the space opera star wars is beginning it can be interpretedÂ in all kinds of ways. But that’s the main idea at the bottomÂ is the title of the movie knows how episode 1 is bigger than the PhantomÂ MenaceÂ even Star Wars. This was done on purpose and the original movies didn’t do this dueÂ to the fact that the audience didn’t know that there were parts 1,2 or 3Â until later.
It was better advertising to use its original titleÂ now due to the anticipation of the new movies the episode number is front andÂ center and far more importantÂ blow that our credits acting credits are always firstÂ and always named by top build highest-paid from left to rightÂ in this case. I was right about Liam Neeson being paid mostÂ below actors are key crew visual effects director photographyÂ editor at center are almost always listed and the writer-director the movieÂ or just directory is always named last. Finally below that are contributing companies and the websiteÂ you got all that it is quite a bit before you even get started in PhotoshopÂ with your posterÂ you need to consider all these elements. I’ll go through even more elements ofÂ the poster is ATT’s classÂ but these are the most important without this knowledge creating a compellingÂ post will be more difficultÂ and less people want to see a movie for the next video. I don’t read intoÂ PhotoshopÂ and create a movie poster file just so you know I won’t be covering takingÂ photographs for the posterÂ this is all strictly Photoshop.