Here is an inspiring tutorial that combines different secret Photoshop techniques to create a colorful poster.

It also shows you the effectiveness of Photoshop brushes and blend modes, and how you can use them to greatly improve artworks. It finishes with a nice composition and some useful tips you can use in your design projects. The techniques involved in this tutorial are not complicate.

This is what we are going to create:

Step 01

First we’re going to open a new document with dimensions:

Let's create the background. Click the little black and white circle that’s at the bottom of the layers palette and select “Gradient” like the picture below:

Make sure the dialogue box looks like this:

Then select the rectangle next to the word “Gradient” and insert the following settings:

This is what we should now have:

Now we’re going to add some glows to make the background look a little more unique than just a gradient. Grab the brush tool and select a circular brush with a hardness of 0% and a foreground color of #ccffff. Create a new layer above the background layer and click once in the middle of the background image. Set this layers opacity around 60%.

Step 02

Make a new layer, download the Splatter Brushes from Bittbox, i that use them like in the picture below. The color i've used is #77e5e4

Duplicate that layer and then selected the bottom one. With my favorite filter, Gaussian Blur, I blurred the bottom splat layer about 3px (at 72 dpi, blur radius will be higher for higher res images) and set the layer mode to Color Dodge.

Now go to top splat layer (with NO blur), set the blend mode to the Linear Dodge.

You can try different colors for the splats and other little details and do the same blur and layer modes as above to achieve this glowing effect. The pink I used here is #e577d2

The gradient fade to dark in the background helps to create the illusion that these pieces really are glowing.

Step 03

Now we’re going to add some typography. First go here to download the Angelic War Font that we’ll be using. Select the text tool and type “design” (or whatever you want your composition to say).

Click the “design” layer in the layers palette and select the little fx in the bottom of the layers palette and click “Drop Shadow.” Enter the following settings:

Then select the check box next to “gradient overlay” and add the following settings:

The colors of the grandient are #1b2f2f on the left, and on the right is #231d1d

You should have something like this:

Step 04

Save the file you created, in what format you want, preferably .psd (Photoshop format).

Download the free Photoshop Actions Set from my DeviantART page.

Experiment with these to get different colour results: when you’ve found one you like, you’ve finished.

This is the result that i like the most:

Step 05

We are going to add some lighting to our composition, so go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and select the options like in the image below. Play about with the angling settings until you get something that you like.

Now go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and select the options like in the image below. Play about with the angling settings until you get something that you like.

Aply again the Lighting Effect.

Let's add some extra effects, the lighting dots. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare.

Step 06

Let's apply some texture to our composition.

Download the "60+ Vintage Style Textures Every Designer Should Have" Pack and select whatever texture you like, or use my texture from below (clik on the picture to download the the full resolution picture).

Put the texture on top of the poster, and set the Blend Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 75%.

The Final Result:

So here we are folks. I hope you can successfully apply these effects to your own composition.


Hopefully you will find something in the tutorial useful. Remember, the only limit is your imagination, so don’t hold back.


  • Hezi
    Really cool tut, thanks for taking the time to share!
  • Andrew
    Great graphics tut. I will try this ..
  • Gorny S. Needa
    Mind Blowing Tutorial Alex, thanks!
  • Hannah Williams
    really nice tutorial thank you
  • Arcy
    Very cool idea, well done.
  • Trevor M.
    Nice one, great effect, thanks!
  • Hannah Williams
    Very mindblowing, I’m triying this, is very good detailed.
  • kailash
    Very nice .. great job.
  • Trinity
    Sweet tutorial! Thanks a lot. Learned a few nice techniques here
  • James Leahy
    Nicely done, I like how you did the lightening.
  • Mike Rundle
    Fantastic tutorial, it’s especially helpful that you’ve included clear screenshots of the finer details with the actual tutorial.
  • Stella
    Thanks for sharing this perfect tut! very detailed! nice work, more of them!
  • missy crissy
    Your tutorials are very well done and very easy to follow. Thank you for this.
  • Amarelo
    Awesome tutorial with so many useful tips&tricks. Very well written and absolutely wonderful composition you created. Thanks so much for sharing this!
  • Brian Jones
    Excellent tutorial and the best I have seen in quite some time. Thank you for sharing!
  • lava360blog
    not a secret any more :) good step by step details. thanks for share
  • skilleriuxyto
    I dont understand how to do those effects like with those where you say "experement with these" I dont get it how to do that help anyone?
  • admin
    those are called Photoshop Actions, go to google and find out how to install and use them:
  • Inu
    Super tare,tine-o tot asa!
  • Website Design Surrey
    Amazing effect! def going to give this tutorial a go! Cheers!
  • Jakub
    Cool tut, thanks for share!
  • Rob T
    Thx for the tutorial. I really like the style of this piece.
  • Al Kamal Md. Razib
    Awesome tutorial ! Well done. Thanks for sharing.
  • Flasherman
    Quite nice
  • Barbara
    I like this tutorial easy to follow. Very well done.
  • zarithzulkifli
    awesome! thank you for sharing =)
  • pooja
    Amazing concreate texture.I like all.
  • rushali
    Awesome !! I am a novice worker at photoshop..i am tryin ur tricks.. !! thanks...a sharin.. am gonna check more of these..
  • Alex
    exelent tutorial thanks!
  • Clipping
    My favorite word design. Awesome tutorial, well explained & easy to learn. Very creative design. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. :)
  • F-sanat
    Very nice.. Thank you :)
  • Brett Widmann
    This is a very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
  • master
    verey good
  • ali
    Beautiful Tutorial, thanks!
  • klaudio
    great tutorial! thanks a lot!
  • Graphics Design Firm
    Wow! nice tutorial. Very helpful to people like graphics design professional. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful work.
  • Stefi
    I think that brush you use is not in this download
  • spletne
    a lot of work put into this tutorial, thanks
  • Jennifer
    Thanks for the tutorial, I used a similar brush but still not as good as yours!
  • Bernard Suryanarayana
    Hey finaly I found what I was looking for how did you guys found this information??thank you for your article I saw it on Google And I saved it .I like. Please send me updates thank you and have a nice day
  • robb
    mine came out sick thanks man!!!
  • R.Gunasekar
    Amazing tutorial for designers. Step by step explanation with screen shot is very useful for upcoming designers.
  • Yordan
    Great tutorial and very inspiring.
  • ameer
    wow .. Amazing graphic designing tutorial wrk
  • hikari
    thanks for share great articles...i learn a lot.
    Thanks so much! I love the vintage textures that you provided a link for. They are beautiful and I will use them often. Great tut, easy to follow, hope to see more:)
  • Akarasakii
    I did it! I made one @.@
  • Masks
    Exceptionally beautiful design, i think i should that i should adopt this style and revamp the design of my masks blog.
  • findw3
    excellent tutorial... thanks
  • James
    Thanks a lot, great tutorial :3 This is what I made xD
  • Emu Meat
    nice tutorials thanks for sharing it
  • Tiffany
    WOW!...This is AMAZING.......I tried it and it was so beautiful. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  • bart
    One cool tutorial! AWESOME!!
  • hasan
    Fantastic blog .......and thanks........
  • Milli
    Fantastic tutorial, M really impressed what you have in icanbecreative. It is very helpful for newbies like me. Thanks keep updating us.