Posters as a concept have been used for many centuries, in traditional art years, poster design is relatively new. It has only been in the last 100 years that poster design has been elevated and recognized as an art-form and has gained the kind of popularity that no other design category can rival.
Below we have rounded up our favorite Photoshop Poster Design Tutorials, ranging from, movie posters, adverts, and events in a variety of styles.
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Create various decorative elements including geometric shapes, halftones, ribbons, 3D stars, and 3D text in Illustrator and then merge, compose, enhance, and texturize them in Photoshop. The tutorial shows how to use both of these powerful tools for their strengths and take advantage of both vector and raster graphics.
Godzilla Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
If you’re a fan of the Godzilla franchise and would like to brush up on your Photoshop skills, now is the time to get started. Learn the ins and outs in this detailed tutorial.
Post Apocalyptic Movie Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Create a dramatic poster for a hollywood movie in this tutorial that will coach you through a lot of the most powerful tools inside Adobe Photoshop.
Blood and Milk Typography Poster in Photoshop
Create an edgy yet sleek typography poster. This tutorial uses some paint splashes, custom fonts, a few stocks from deviantART, and basic Photoshop techniques.
Inception Inspired Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Learn how to combine several photos and adjust them to blend well together into a singular composition.
Create an abstract poster with strong but simple shapes and bold colors using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Artistic Typographic Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Create something extraordinary in this tutorual of how to get from A-Z in how to create an artistic typographic poster.
Create a dynamic nature poster using stock images, vectors, and brushes in Photoshop.
Retro Boxing Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Get started with Adobe Photoshop in this very Rocky-like intro to the software. Take textures, adjustment layers and much more for a spin as you create a gorgeous retro boxing poster.
Blend a stock image with shapes and a pattern, and then add lightness and color to get a nice retro poster – all in Photoshop.
Hitchcock Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Terrify your audience with this tutorial on how to create a Hitchcock-inspired poster.
Retro Poster Tutorial Using Photoshop
Create a dynamic retro poster in Photoshop that”s inspired by various nightclub posters.
Music Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Rock the beats as you take on the task of creating a gorgeous music-oriented poster in Adobe Photoshop.
Follow this step by step Photoshop tutorial to create a modern, clean, travel poster design for Swissair, and then learn how to transform into a vintage poster design.
Ink Cloudwith Tuts+ subscription
Get started with a plethora of amazing colors in this descriptive tutorial of how to create an ink cloud in Adobe Photoshop. Perfect for poster design!
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a Wild West (also known as Old West) "Wanted" poster using some awesome Photoshop techniques. You will learn how to roughen and burn edges, how to create realistic nail heads (for pinning up the poster), how to mix different textures to reproduce aged paper and more.
Hindu Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Feel the holiday spirit and learn how to create an experimental and creative poster celebrating the Hindu new year.
Enigma Typography Poster Tutorial
In this tutorial you will learn how to create this typography poster called "Enigma", taking basic look into the 3D-Tool of Photoshop, how to texture and stylize your 3D Typography and how to make a shiny space background to create your own space-inspired text.
Housewarming Posterwith Tuts+ subscription
Get ready for that housewarming party. This tutorial will take you through some of the basics of Adobe Photoshop and help you better understand how creative products come to live.
In this tutorial, you will create a movie teaser poster. It will show you how to draw a mask for your character using the pen tool, blend modes and textures.
In this tutorial, you will be shown how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world (literally). You will create the 3D text by combining the power of Photoshop and Cinema 4D; you’ll also learn how to create unique and detailed light streaks that give the typography poster its signature look. Finally, you will add some great textures that will give the composition an “out of this world” appearance
In the tutorial you will learn how to create your own bright and colourful retro futuristic poster with Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.
This tutorial uses a variety of techniques to create a grunge music poster.
Cool Vector Girl with Wavy Scanlines
This tutorial will show you how you can create wavy scanlines using Illustrator using simple steps and bring them into Photoshop to make a beautiful piece of design work, making use of the Pen tool in Shape Layers mode to draw the vector girl.
Avatar Movie Poster
This tutorial shows you how you can create a Navi image from the movie Avatar, with some impressive text and backgrounds, all in just 8 easy steps.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop, making use of some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of free Photoshop brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more.
This tutorial walks you through the simple process of giving a zoomed-in effect to your illustrations. This can be used in numerous ways, but primarily for designing instructional visual material.
In this tutorial you will be creating a gift ribbon, consisting of various app icons, wrapped around an iPhone. This effect can be easily achieved with the Photoshop Warp transform tool.
This tutorial shows how to create the shine effect employed in Avengers poster. It makes use of Layer Styles and the Brush tool in Photoshop.
This tutorial creates an old-school style horror movie poster.
This tutorial creates the Superman Man of Steel movie poster using Pen tool and certain textures.
This tutorial creates a Judge Dredd badge design. First up, it constructs the pieces using Illustrator”s Pen and Pathfinder tools, and following that, it uses Photoshop to give the badge a metal-like appearance.
This tutorial creates a Dark Knight Rises stencil and spray effect using basic filters and some brushes.
In this tutorial you’ll cover some of the basics of Daz Studio, such as how to load a figure, apply injection morphs and adds art props. You’ll then discover some great Photoshop techniques to recreate a stylised poster from a bygone era.
In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a very cool retro poster in just 10 steps. You will, of course use Adobe Photoshop, and also Illustrator.
In this tutorial, you’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.
There are plenty of ways to create a Watercolor Effect in Photoshop. Some are very cheesy and you can easily tell that a simple filter has been used. In this tutorial, you will be using Layer Masking. It is one of the most fascinating and powerful Photoshop method, to use layer masks in your designs.
In this tutorial you will recreate an awesome illustration that can be printed as a poster to hang it on your wall. The author has written a very clear and defined step by step tutorial, so you can follow and understand exactly what I went through while making this piece, and you get to download the .psd at the end.
In this tut you will learn how to design a stunning sneaker advert, using a variety of lighting effects, inspired by the incredible works of Peter Jaworowski.