How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop

September 13th, 2007 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing, Special Effects

   

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a retro sunflower poster in Photoshop. We’ll use custom brushes, multiple images, different blending modes and applying different Photoshop techniques. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get it started!

inspired by: stuntarts.com
orginal artwork link for springtime festival 2007.

Final Image Preview

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1024px by 640px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 100 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #2AC3AF color the new background layer.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click to Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Add Gradient Overlay

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next background:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Next we have to download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop: Coffee_Stains from qbrushes. Then create a new layer (Create new layer) and select the next brushes from Coffee Stains set.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Use this brushes to add some coffee stains on our background as shown:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Set Fill to 70% for this layer and change the Blending Mode to Exclusion

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ll use the next brushes from Coffee stains set for the next layer, but for the beginning create a new layer and select a darker color for brushes.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Set Fill to 80% for this layer

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Take the Ellipse Tool (U) now and try to represent a ellipse, filled with #3777A7 color

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Using the last tool, we may represent another small ellipse inside the previous one:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next result:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the earlier made blue ellipse and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and to place it the way it is demonstrated next picture:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the earlier made ellipse with the Gradient Overlay style and then select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and to place it the same way presented below:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make one more copy of the last layer and choose again the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller but changing the layer’s Gradient Overlay:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Gradient Overlay settings:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next result:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the small blue ellipse, represented earlier and use the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and to place it the way it is shown below:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Next we have to select the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent a small ellipse on the central part of the previous blue small ellipse.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next speaker:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

For our convenience we’ll combine in a group all the layers, composing those several ellipses (press the Ctrl button and select the necessary layers, keeping pressed the left mouse’s button drag the selected layers down on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Make three copies of the group and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the group’s copies’ sizes

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Select again the Ellipse Tool (U) and make a ellipse, filled with #3777A7 color

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Try to represent inside the made ellipse one more smaller ellipse:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

We’ve got the next result:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the earlier made blue ellipse and use after that the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to make the copy smaller and to place it on the central part of the element:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

As we have described earlier, we have to combine in a group all the layers, composing those three small ellipses (keep pressed the Ctrl button to select the corresponding layers and drag the layers down on Create a new group icon). Make eight copies of the last made group and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and to place them as it is indicated on the next picture:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Next we’ll work with the first group.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make seven copies of the group and select again the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes if necessary, placing them the way presented below:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Make one more copy of the ellipses’ group and changing the Gradient Overlay settings, we’ll get two more groups of circles.

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

Changing the Gradient Overlay settings of the second and of the third circle on this one indicated below:

How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop CS3

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  • Anonymous

    18/04/2010

    Great tutorial. But I’m having problems with the custom shape used to create the sunburst being distorted when I save the image or rasterize the shape. Have you had this problem?

  • satheesh

    21/05/2010

    nonsense work

  • photo editor

    21/06/2010

    It’s something strange in this work. I guess it’s not my style…

  • LSR

    14/06/2011

    I miss the sunflower in the end.

  • lavanya.B.S

    06/10/2011

    whr s the sunflower???

  • Zoey

    22/05/2013

    Don’t miss out on the second page of this tutorial to see the sunflower! Easy to miss, but it is there.

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