How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how simple it is to create a vintage poster using different brushes, blend mode, adjustment layers and some very simple filters in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

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Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Start working by creating a new file (File>New) of 1920x1200px/72 dpi. Open the next page: Grungy Paper textures and download out of it the paper textures. Insert one of the textures as a background for our poster to be.

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Now we’ll make some color correction. Click on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on the Create new fill or adjustment layer>Curves

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
… and then on the Create new fill or adjustment layer>Hue/Saturation

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Find a stock photo with the old radio on it. I have used this photo: Vintage Radio from SXC. I would like to thank the author: Craig Jewell.

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Cut it out, inserting it on the new layer:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Make a copy of the radio’s layer. Click on the layers’ panel on Lock Transparent pixel and select a brush of black color to paint the copy’s layer.

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Switch off the Lock Transparent pixel on the layers’ panel and select for the layer Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer under copy of the radio’s layer and choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill this new layer with white color.

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Put together both layers (the copy of the radio’s layer and the layer filled with white color). Hold CTRL button, select the layers and finally press CTRL+E to Merge Down. On the rasterized layer we’ll apply Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Place this layer under the layer with vintage radio. Set for this layer Blend Mode to Multiply:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Next we’ll download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop named: extremelyABSTRACT_by_env1ro, Floral_by_solenero73, bloodbrushes2_invaynestock. Create a new layer and choose for it the set’s brushes, named: extremelyABSTRACT_by_env1ro

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Make some brushstrokes and place this layer lower than the radio’s layer:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Set for this layer Blend Mode to Pin Light:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply the brushes of white color, named bloodbrushes2_invaynestock

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Make some brushstrokes and place this layer above the previous layer, but under the layer containing the vintage radio.

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Set for this layer Blend Mode to Linear Light. Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Bevel and Emboss as shown:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Add Bevel and Emboss>Texture (Patterns)

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Settings for Bevel and Emboss>Texture

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Set options for Gradient Overlay

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor parameters:

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop CS4

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