hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to recreate a
pulp fiction magazine cover from the
1950s I provided a photoshop template
that you can download so you can follow
along it's link is located in the video
description or project files in addition
I provided links to all the fonts that
we'll be using in this tutorial if
you're not sure how to install fonts
watch my tutorial and how to do this I
provided that link as well click on the
down arrow to open the elements of the
template it includes the outside shape
of the cover the Warren creases texture
the logo of the publisher and the price
of the magazine I'll temporarily hide
the template folder and close it make
the base visible and active let's zoom
out of the document if you're using
Windows press ctrl and the minus sign if
you're using a Mac press command and the
minus sign open your pen tool and choose
path if you're on cs5 or earlier the
path tool is here go near the top corner
and left click continue to click around
the outside creating a wider shape at
the bottom right and narrow where shape
at the top left go back to the first
point and when you see a small circle
left click to close the path place your
cursor on the path and right-click
choose make selection the feather radius
is 0 then click OK press Q to make the
selection into a quick mask go to filter
blur and Gaussian blur blur it 50 pixels
and click OK press Q again to revert it
back into a selection
click on your foreground color and type
in 0 c1 f53 then click OK or press Enter
or return fill the selection with a
foreground color by pressing alt or
option + delete then delete the
selection by pressing ctrl or command D
to view your document at a hundred
percent press ctrl or command + 1 click
on the new layer icon to make a new
layer we'll fill it with black to do
this go to edit and fill click on the
arrow and choose black then click OK go
to filter render and clouds change the
blend mode to color Dodge if your image
has a bright area like this the end
result will look better if it's replaced
with other areas to do this we'll use
the clone stamp tool choose a medium
size and a hardness of 0% make the
opacity fifty percent go to another area
and press alt on Windows or option on a
Mac and left-click to pick up that area
of your image then brush over the bright
area merge these two layers by pressing
ctrl or command II we're ready to add
text open your horizontal type tool and
click true crimes which is one of the
fonts I provided choose a font size of
50 points sharp and center alignment
click on the color box and pick white
then click OK type out the title of your
story to adjust the space between your
lines of text highlight the lines and go
to window and character
the character panel will open click over
the letting icon and drag your cursor to
the left or right to bring the lines of
text closer or further apart to make a
word larger or smaller highlight the
word an increase or decrease its point
size I'll do the same for the bottom
word to adjust the space or kerning
between two characters click between the
characters and press and hold alt or
option as you press the right or left
arrows continue to adjust the kerning
and letting of your title until you're
happy next we'll add a stroke and a drop
shadow click the thumbnail of the text
layer and click the FX icon choose
stroke make the size 6 pixels and the
position outside click drop shadow make
the opacity fifty percent the distance
36 pixels and the size two pixels then
click OK next we'll reposition and angle
it using the transform tool press ctrl
or command T to reposition it click
inside and move it go to the middle on
the right side of the transform press
and hold ctrl shift alt on windows or
command shift option on a Mac and when
you see a vertical double-arrow drag it
up until you're happy with the angle
then press Enter or return if you want
to change the color of your text click
on the color box and pick a color I'll
type in FF d800 then click OK or press
Enter or return let's make the template
folder visible to make sure our title is
positioned where we want it I'll move it
up to make room for the rest of the
to move your text press V on your
keyboard next we'll add a name for the
author press T to open your type tool
and click on your document choose a font
I'm using brush script standard which I
provided its link to I'll make the size
16 points left alignment and the color
is white type out a name for the author
to reposition it open your move tool and
move it to angle it open your transform
tool go to a corner and when you see a
curved double-arrow rotate it
counterclockwise to make sure it's the
same angle as the title move it to the
bottom edge and rotate it until the
angles are the same move it into
position and press Enter or return next
we'll add the tagline press T to open
your type tool and click on your
document i'm using bebas new which I
provided a link to I'll make the size 18
points and the leading 20 points click
the color box and pick a color I'm
typing for F a 9 b 3 click the center
text icon and type out your tagline open
your move tool to reposition it I like
to italicize the text so I'll click on
the faux italic icon click on the FX
icon and choose stroke make the size 2
pixels and click OK we're ready to add
retro clipart but first let's place all
the text into a folder shift-click on
the large T on the bottom text layer to
highlight all the text then press ctrl
or command G let's name it tech
click on the new layer icon to make a
new layer we'll fill it with white by
pressing Shift + the f5 key and choosing
white click off the eyeballs of all the
other layers to hide them press T to
open your type tool and click on your
document open horror dingbats to the
victims which I provided the link to
make the size 300 points and make the
color black click the caps lock key on
your keyboard each letter is a different
clipart illustration I like this one for
my cover which is the letter e
ctrl-click or command click on the T to
make a selection of the shape of the
clip art click the new layer icon to
make a new layer and hide the clipart
text press D on your keyboard to make
your foreground and background colors
black and white respectively to fill the
selection with the foreground color
press alt or option + delete invert the
selection by pressing ctrl shift I on
Windows or command shift I on a Mac then
hide the selection by pressing ctrl or
command H click the foreground color and
pick a color for the skin I'm picking FF
b 0 b 0 then click OK open the paint
bucket tool and click on the face to
fill it in with the color to fill in the
areas of the skin that the paint bucket
tool didn't fill in open your pencil
tool and choose a relatively small point
size with a hardness of a hundred
percent paint over those areas click on
the foreground color and pick another
color for a different area of the
clipart continue until you've painted in
all the colors you want press ctrl or
d to delete the selection of the clip
art that we hid earlier drag both of
these layers to the trash since we don't
need them anymore make all the layers
visible and drag the clip art below the
text open your transform tool and drag
down go to the top left corner and when
you see a diagonal double-arrow press
and hold shift as you drag it in then
press Enter or return the next steps
will be to pixelate the background and
clipart into color half-tones hide the
top two layers go to image and image
size change the pixels two percent and
make sure the chain-link is highlighted
which links the width and the height
together type in 300 in either the width
or the height I'll show you the reason
later why we're enlarging at this amount
click OK to move it on your screen press
the space bar as you drag the image go
to filter pixelate and color halftone
the radius amount determines the size of
the pixels of the color halftone four is
the smallest radius size were allowed
the channels are already set at their
default amounts click OK make the base
layer active and press ctrl or command F
to repeat the color halftone press ctrl
alt I on Windows or command option I on
a Mac to open its image size type in
thirty three percent and click OK if we
apply the color halftone filter without
enlarging our image three hundred
percent the result would look like this
the color halftone pixel radius is still
four but when we applied it to the
original size of the image the color
halftone pixels are way too large to see
the final image make all the layers
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Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to recreate a
pulp fiction magazine cover
from the 1950s. I provided a
Photoshop template that you can download,
so you can follow along.
Its link is located in the video description
or project files. In addition, I provided
links to all the fonts that we'll be
using in this tutorial.
If you're not sure how to install fonts,
watch my tutorial on how to do this.
I provided that link, as well.
Click on the down arrow
to open the elements of the template.
It includes the outside shape of the cover,
the worn creases texture, the logo
of the publisher
and the price of the magazine.
I'll temporarily hide the template folder
and close it. Make the Base visible
and active. Let's zoom out of the document.
If you're using Windows, press Ctrl
and the minus sign.
If you're using a Mac, press Cmd
and the minus sign. Open your Pen Tool
and choose Path. If you're on CS5
or earlier, the Path Tool is here.
Go near the top corner
and left-click. Continue to click around
the outside creating a wider shape at
and narrower shape at top-left.
Go back to the first point
and when you see a small circle, left-click
to close the path. Place your cursor
on the path and right-click. Choose
"Make Selection". The Feather Radius
is zero. Then, click OK. Press "Q"
to make the selection into a quickmask.
Go to Filter,
Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it
50 pixels and click OK. Press "Q" again
to revert it back into a selection.
Click on your foreground color
and type in 0 C 1
F 5 3. Then, click OK
or press Enter or Return. Fill the
selection with the foreground color
by pressing Alt or Option + Delete.
Then, delete the selection by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + D. To view your document
at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1.
Click on the New Layer icon
to make a new layer. We'll fill it with black.
To do this, go to Edit and Fill.
Click on the arrow and choose Black.
Then, click OK. Go to
Filter, Render and Clouds.
Change the Blend Mode to "Color Dodge".
If your image has a bright area like this,
the end result will look better if it's
replaced with other areas.
To do this, we'll use the "Clone Stamp Tool".
Choose a medium-size and a Hardness
of 0%. Make the Opacity
50%. Go to another area
and press Alt on Windows
or Option on a Mac
to pick up that area of your image.
Then, brush over the bright area.
Merge these two layers
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E.
We're ready to add text.
Open your Horizontal Type Tool
and click "True Crimes",
which is one of the fonts I provided.
Choose a font size of 50 points,
Sharp and Center Alignment.
Click on the color box
and pick White. Then, click OK.
Type out the title of your story.
To adjust the space between your lines
highlight the lines and go to Window
and Character. The Character panel will open.
Click over the "Leading" icon
and drag your cursor to the left or right
to bring the lines of text closer or
To make a word larger or smaller,
highlight the word
and increase or decrease its point size.
I'll do the same for the bottom word.
To adjust the space or "kerning" between
click between the characters
and press and hold Alt
as you press the right or left arrows.
Continue to adjust the kerning
and leading of your title
until you're happy.
Next, we'll add a stroke and a drop shadow.
Click the thumbnail of the text layer
and click the
"fx" icon. Choose "Stroke".
Make the Size: 6 pixels and the Position:
Outside. Click Drop Shadow.
Make the Opacity: 50%...the Distance:
36 pixels and the Size: 2 pixels.
Then, click OK. Next,
we'll re-position and angle it
using the Transform Tool.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + T. To reposition it,
click inside and move it.
Go to the middle on the right side
of the Transform.
Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Alt on Windows
or Cmd + Shift + Option on a Mac and
when you see a vertical, double-arrow,
drag it up until you're happy with the angle.
Then, press Enter or Return. If you want
to change the color of your text,
click on the color box and pick a color.
I'll type in F F D 800.
Then, click OK or press Enter or Return.
Let's make the template folder visible
to make sure
our title is positioned where we want it.
I'll move it up to make room for the rest of
To move your text,
press "v" on your keyboard.
Next, we'll add a name for the author.
Press "T" to open your Type Tool
and click on your document.
Choose a font. I'm using "Brush
Script Standard", which I provided its link to.
I'll make the Size: 16 points,
Left Alignment and the Color
is White. Type out a name for the author.
To re-position it, open your Move Tool
and move it. To angle it,
open your Transform Tool, go to a corner
and when you see a curved, double-arrow,
rotate it counterclockwise.
To make sure it's the same angle as the
title, move it to the bottom
edge and rotate it
until the angles are the same.
Move it into position
and press Enter or Return.
Next, we'll add the tagline. Press "T"
open your Type Tool
and click on your document.
I'm using "Bebas Neue",
which I provided a link to.
I'll make the Size:18 points and the Leading:
20 points. Click the color box
and pick a color. I'm typing 4 F
A 9 B 3. Click the Center Text icon
and type out your tagline.
Open your Move Tool to re-position it.
I'd like to italicize the text,
so a click on the Faux
Click on the "fx" icon and choose
Stroke. Make the Size: 2 pixels
and click OK.
We're ready to add retro clip-art,
but first, let's place all the text into a folder.
Shift-click on the large "T" on the bottom
to highlight all the text. Then, press Ctrl
or Cmd + G. Let's name it,
"Text". Click on the New Layer icon
to make a new layer. We'll fill it with white
by pressing Shift plus the F5 key
and choosing White.
Click off the eyeballs of all the other
layers to hide them.
Press "T" open your Type Tool
and click on your document.
Open "Horror Dingbats II The Victims",
which I provided the link to. Make the Size
300 points and make the color
Black. Click the "Caps Lock" key
on your keyboard. Each letter is a
different clip art illustration.
I like this one for my cover,
which is the letter "E".
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the "T"
to make a selection of the shape of the
Click the New Layer icon
to make a new layer
and hide the clip art text.
Press "d" on your keyboard to make your
foreground and background colors
black and white, respectively. To fill the
selection with the foreground color,
press Alt or Option + Delete.
Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl+ Shift + I
on Windows or Cmd + Shift + I on a Mac.
Then, hide the selection
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H.
Click the foreground color
and pick a color for the skin. I'm picking
F F B 0 B 0. Then,
click OK. Open the Paint Bucket Tool
and click on the face to fill it in with
the color. To fill in the areas of the skin
that the paint bucket tool didn't fill in,
Open your Pencil Tool and choose a
relatively small, point size
with a Hardness of 100%. Paint over those
areas. Click on the foreground color
and pick another color for a different
area of the clip art.
Continue until you've painted in all the
colors you want.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + D to delete
the selection of the clip art that we hid.
earlier. Drag both of the layers to the trash,
since we don't need them anymore.
Make all the layers
visible and drag the clip art below the text.
Open your Transform Tool and drag down.
Go to the top, left corner and when you
see a diagonal, double-
arrow, press and hold Shift as you drag it in.
Then, press Enter or Return.
The next steps will be to pixelate the
background and clip art into color halftones.
Hide the top, two layers.
Go to Image and Image Size.
Change the Pixels to Percent and make
sure the chain link is highlighted,
which links the Width
and the Height together.
Type in 300 in either the Width or the Height.
I'll show you the reason later why
we're enlarging it this amount.
Click OK. To move it on your screen,
press the Space bar as you drag the image.
Go to Filter, Pixelate
and Color Halftone. The Radius amount
determines the size of the pixels
of the color halftone. "4" is the smallest
radius size we're allowed. The Channels
are already set at their default amounts.
Click OK. Make the Base layer active
and press Ctrl or Cmd + F
to repeat the color halftone
Press Ctrl + Alt + I on Windows or Cmd +
Option + I on a Mac to open its Image Size.
Type in 33% and click OK.
If we applied the color halftone filter
without enlarging our image 300%,
the result would look like this.
The color halftone pixel radius
is still "4", but when we applied it to
the original size of the image,
the color halftone pixels are way too large.
To see the final image,
make all the layers visible.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!