Last week I did a tutorial on how to create a WWII propaganda poster in Photoshop. This week I thought I would do a similar tutorial, but on the flip side. This weeks tutorial is fairly similar to last weeks, but rather than create a patriotic poster, we are going to create a communist style propaganda poster. This one is a little bit easier than last weeks and should be a fun little project for those who wish to try it out.
Create a new document with the following settings: 8×10 and 72dpi.
Find a nice wrinkled paper background to use as the surface for your poster. I used this stock photo from Shutterstock, but there are plenty of free images just like it.
The image was a bit to orange, so I adjusted the images hue and saturation to lighten it up a bit.
Find a picture of a soldier that you want to add to your poster. Cut away any background from the picture and paste the image on top of your paper layer.
I am using this image from Shutterstock.
Next you will need to desaturate the image. To do this, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate
To give this photo more of a vintage poster look, we are going to apply a Poster Edges Filter to it.
Create a red box behind the layer your soldier is on. To help it blend with the paper better, set the layers blending options to Multiply
Now we can start adding some text. It seems like most of the poster of this style have a line of giant text running the length of the poster. Think of something clever for your poster.
I used the Soviet font from dafont.com
With the text layer you just created selected, change the Blending Options to Color Dodge.
Add some more text to your poster.
I added a 3px white stroke around the text that lays on top of the red banner to help make it stand out.
Using the rectangle tool, I created some stripes to add a little character to the poster.
The poster looked like it needed a touch more color, so I drew a white rectangle above and below the the red stripe.
To give the poster that grainy shadow look that so many of these types of posters have I added a Inner Shadow to the white rectangles we just created.
Open the Layer FX box and set the Inner Shadow to the following settings: