Sep
8
2014

How to Design a Social Media Retro Poster in Photoshop

How to Design a Social Media Retro Poster in Photoshop

Social Media Retro Poster in Photoshop

Social Media is that one topic that one everyone seems to be talking about. We have been getting a lot of requests for more tutorials on Pixelonomics. Off late, the requests tend to weigh towards the Social Media Graphics. Finally, we have a quick tutorial on creating a Retro Graphic / Poster in Photoshop for your Social Media Posts.

If you have missed out on our other tutorials, you may want to check the tutorial on Geometric Poster and design a Countdown using Photoshop.

Since we are working on a Social Media Graphic (Poster), we are going ahead with the assumption that it will not be printed and is required for Web usage only. For the sake of simplicity, we shall keep the document resolution as 72 DPI. Also, this particular tutorial is aimed at creating a graphic for Facebook pages.

 

Setting up the Photoshop File

1. Create a new file (CMD + N in apple). In the new file dialog box, set the width and height units, both to 980 pixels. The resolution as discussed before is 72 DPI.

Setting Photoshop File

Setting Photoshop File

2. Fill (Alt + Del) the background layer with e1373a for this tutorial. You may select a color of your preference as well.

Adding base color

Adding base color

 

Adding the main Text / Headline

3. Type a word of your choice using the horizontal type tool (T). In the tutorial, I have used Bebas Neue font in 250pt size, color fee4c9 to type PIXEL and aligned the graphic in centre, horizontally and vertically.

Adding the main Text / Headline

Adding the main Text / Headline

 

Adding Depth

4. Create a duplicate layer below the text to create a 3D depth called ‘Pixel Depth’ in black (000000) as described here from pt. 7 to 10.

Adding Depth

Adding Depth

 

Adding Edges

5. Select the text layer (Pixel) and create a duplicate layer called ‘Pixel 02’. Add a stroke to Pixel 02 (Layers > Layer Style > Stroke) of size 3px, position outside, and color e1373a. Similarly, add a stroke to layer ‘Pixel’ of size 3px, position inside and color 000000.

Adding Edges

Adding Edges

 

Converting Depth to Diagonal Strokes

6. Add another layer just below the layer ‘Pixel’. Create a long diagonal stroke of 2pt using the line tool of color 000000, at an angle of 45 degrees. If you press and hold Shift to create the stroke, it will automatically be either vertical, horizontal or a diagonal at 45 degrees.

Create a long diagonal stroke

Create a long diagonal stroke

7. Repeat this diagonal stroke multiple times with a gap of 2-3px, enough to cover the 3D depth area.

Repeat this diagonal stroke multiple times

Repeat this diagonal stroke multiple times

8. Press and hold CMD + Shift and click ‘Pixel Depth’ and ‘Pixel’ layer to create a collective selection of the word Pixel and its depth.

Create a collective selection

Create a collective selection

9. Select the layer containing multiple diagonal strokes. Press CMD + Shift + i together to invert the selection. Press Delete. Hide the layer ‘Pixel Depth’ by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer in the Layers window.

Converting Depth to Diagonal Strokes

Converting Depth to Diagonal Strokes

 

Adding the Grunge Effect

10. Paste a Grunge graphic / image on top of all layers. Invert the colors of this graphic by pressing CMD + i.

Paste a Grunge graphic

Paste a Grunge graphic

Invert the colors of this graphic

Invert the colors of this graphic

11. Change the overlay of this graphic from Normal to Screen and Opacity to 70%.

Adding the Grunge Effect

Adding the Grunge Effect

 

Adding Vignette

12. Add a new layer on the top and fill it black. Make a selection of the whole graphic by leaving edges from the side.

13. Using Feather (Select > Modify > Feather) with a radius of 100px, modify the selection. Press Delete and change opacity to 60%.

Adding Vignette

Adding Vignette

14. Add your logo, bylines or other elements below the Grunge and the Vignette layer to finalize your graphic / poster.

 

Final result!

Have fun in modifying this tutorial to suit your style and requirements!

How to Design a Social Media Retro Poster in Photoshop

Social Media Retro Poster in Photoshop

 

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About the Author:

Himanshu Khanna is the founder of Pixelonomics and a senior designer at Sparklin. If you’d like to connect with him, follow him on Twitter: @SparklinGuy

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