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Photoshop Tutorial: Airbrushed Film Poster Style Photo Effect

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In today's Photoshop tutorial I'm going to show you a mix of filters and adjustments we can apply to a photograph to mimic the retro style airbrushed painted look associated with classic film posters. Imagine the poster art for original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, and pretty much any action/adventure film from the 80s! They all feature incredibly life-like depictions of the the actors and characters, which are almost like photos, but they have a clear hand painted appearance with subtle brush strokes, outlining marks and quite high contrast with vibrant colours. Get 10% off your Squarespace website: http://squarespace.com/spooner Western Cowboy Photo from Shutterstock - http://spoon.graphics/2l0WBmi Old Paper Texture from Pexels - http://spoon.graphics/2l122Sc Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator design tutorials from Chris Spooner of Spoon Graphics. Subscribe to learn how to create stunning artwork as I share my tips and tricks in video format. Join my mailing list: http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/subscribe Visit my design blog: http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrisspooner Join me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/spoongraphics
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GreatWaterCircus (1 day ago)
very cool
François Guillaume (20 days ago)
where r u from mate?
originalnilson (27 days ago)
Flippin genius mate. Well done!
Wee Tittle (23 days ago)
Nice tutorial.
Jyn Meyer Design (1 month ago)
Exactly what I was looking for thank you! Although I was having a hard time understanding everything you were saying. " Hold the alt key while clicking the options create a copy at the top of the layer stack." On a mac the alt key IS the option key....
danz beard (1 month ago)
Phenomenal tutorial. Altered a few things, but came out perfect.
posalajosutca (1 month ago)
If you'd lose that awful accent, perhaps it would easier to understand you and would get more out of your video !
Sal Rurua (1 month ago)
deep appreciation :^
Bacon Pancakes (2 months ago)
Great vid tutorial, easy to follow and straight to the point without any added fluff. Thank you.
passsacaglia (2 months ago)
This is so fucking phantastic!!! Would you mind do a "full poster", just like Stranger Things or Kung Fury as an example poster like 80s style? There's nothing like that on youtube or wherever I searched so it will for SURE generate extremely heavy view rating. Would be the dream! Kindest regards !
richard mendoza (2 months ago)
Awesome tutorial, Chris. I'll have to try this technique on a few of my portraits. As with any recipe, I'm realistic that I may have to 'suit to taste'. Thanks for posting!
SAN ART STUDIO (2 months ago)
This is just amazing
Gerald Trinity (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for this video I've been trying to get this done on my work for years as a graphic designer.
RetroBlast (2 months ago)
1:21 I'm american so it sounded like 'shitter-stock' to me. lol
Marty Wraight (3 months ago)
brilliant brilliant, cheers mate, been looking for something this good for so long.
Levvis Bowness (4 months ago)
Fantastic, thank you!
Teh LaughingMan (4 months ago)
big assumption made on that oil paint filter
Moturoais Corporation (5 months ago)
Just awesome! I have now used this for 4 images for the intros for INC Horror Channels "ICONS OF Horror" Show. This is the BEST! Thanks so much.
Javier Ortega (5 months ago)
Are you the guy from Censored Gaming?
Laff Therapy (5 months ago)
What a fantastic tutorial. Straight to the point. Quickly going from one step to the next without useless chatter. I love that you understand that there is in fact a pause button but there is no "skip useless dialogue about nothing" button.
MacNeill Chapman (5 months ago)
please slow down a little
WeegieMovies (5 months ago)
That's so cool, thanks!
shiz (6 months ago)
One crucial note thats not stated in the video, when you Desaturate the layer (3:46) , make sure you DESELECT first. Otherwise you will only be desaturating the highlight layer, not the entire image, as demonstrated.
Sam Oliver (6 months ago)
Great one!👍
Vincent Preston (6 months ago)
Just airbrush the Damm thing ,it would look better in my opinion!
Roberto Supertramp (7 months ago)
Patrick J. Boening (7 months ago)
Very good...but too fast...
Matthew White (7 months ago)
Wow! Thanks a lot. I can't wait to try this out.
Gui Coelho (7 months ago)
First time here. Really like the fast speed. Great!! Thank you!
90McMike (7 months ago)
awesome, danke!
XRATED GFX (7 months ago)
tutorial is very dependant on the picture, tried this out and im experienced with photoshop so i knew what i was doing and even still followed the steps exactly as shown and the image came out looking like crap, it was good image, high contrast and high quality, but the effect looks horrible
Ed Schirra (2 months ago)
This could be for two reasons. 1. Check your PS version. Filters change all over the place. 2. Check your image as you build it. Have the screen in front of you as you work and compare and match. That way you can check the content and quality and style. 3. Images contain different lighting and shadow, highlight etc. data so the image will not always work to a series of settings. (Refer to no 2 in my note here). Last, I am experienced with Photoshop too (and literally 000's of artworks) and my experience told me to follow the steps but to adjust to the picture. If you sent me your picture I could show you what you might have missed but I think you should be able to crack it. A good Photoshop artist is what everyone wants to be. A great Photoshop artist means hours of paint-staking work and not giving up.
skunkherder (2 months ago)
I have had good results with this on many pictures, though you may have to tweak some adjustments a bit if you have a super big pic. Also, a HUGE difference between the oil paint function on the CC version and CS6. CC is much improved, and this make a huge difference in the end result.
Armadyllo (2 months ago)
Very true. I wonder if there's another tutorial out there for this effect
Alexandre Lopes (7 months ago)
great tutorial!
peblezQ (8 months ago)
Lol, I couldn't figure out how to do this a few years back, so I've been spending the past few years just straight up painting people to get this effect. Haha
John Guarizo (8 months ago)
One of the best i have seen, fuckin perfect
Douglas W. Urbiba (8 months ago)
must enter (8 months ago)
OMG! Thanks a bunch for this awesome tutorial!
Kel Guy (8 months ago)
Great Vid YHAMX
Wayne Merchant (8 months ago)
Incredible technique! Thank you for sharing.
Caleb Brandalise (8 months ago)
Holy crap good work!
F. Norman (8 months ago)
How complicated! I prefer the old way, just using Oil Painting filter..
powerlurker (8 months ago)
it just magic
Fritz Kevin Cortes (8 months ago)
It's great Video, but I'm not a fast learner, i hope you slow down a bit, not everybody can keep up with your phase
Reese Ray (3 months ago)
You gotta pause the video sometimes. That's what I do.
Salim Asaad (9 months ago)
Sell this as an action to skip the steps.
D Mafia (9 months ago)
cool but you go thru the steps and speaking WAY TO FAST FOR ME I CANT FOLLOW ALONG IT IS A PITY
DJ VITO (9 months ago)
Best effect and tutorial ever!!!
Marek Marek (9 months ago)
great tutorial, but....can you try carefully articulate? Sometimes is hardly to understand to non eglish speaker.
Samuel Elijas (9 months ago)
Excellent tutorial!!
Tuvshinbat Sundui (9 months ago)
how about phottoshop cs 2 there is no oil paint//?///??? w
Kazu (9 months ago)
You should have explained what document size you're using since most filters in photoshop are in relation to that. A 2px oilpaint has more impact on a 200x200 image than on a 2000x2000 image.
Matthew Nathe (7 months ago)
just adjust accordingly until you get the same look
Michael Prostka (9 months ago)
Extremely badass! Thank you!
Jennifer Schalow (9 months ago)
When I create the high pass layer and select linear light - nothing happens??
Nelson Rahi (9 months ago)
Amazing, thank you!
Dan Masoomi (9 months ago)
the best tutorial Ive seen on youtube just no bullshit straight to the point amazing
David Fajardo (9 months ago)
Really good effect, but this guy's voice is soo annoying...
Lalo Greiner (9 months ago)
Veeeeery goooood!
Marcio Freire (9 months ago)
Shawal Khan (9 months ago)
Thanks Sir
Joseph Siciliano (9 months ago)
First time watching one of your tutorials and I have to say that you sound like one of the Beatles.
perpetualjon (10 months ago)
Fantastic technique! I love it and can't wait to give it a spin!
Quedro (10 months ago)
I add the oil effect but it doesnt seem to work anyone know how to fix this
mike sikes (10 months ago)
Great tutorial. But, I think I'd rather paint it myself.
Jim Valentino (10 months ago)
Jyn Meyer Design (1 month ago)
I heard that too lol
Arnold Vermeulen (6 months ago)
LMAO!!! Just wanted to ask the same
jonnyQuest (8 months ago)
I heard that too, LOL!
Film Learnin (10 months ago)
Fantastic tutorial dude!
TOOFUTURETV (10 months ago)
Caseys Killer Classics (10 months ago)
That was amazing!!! 😱
OtterPops (10 months ago)
Good one, Brother! =]
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Gustavo Cecille (10 months ago)
Tator B (10 months ago)
Holy crap, so much information in little time. I got more from this video in 5 minutes than watching hours of other videos! Thanks so much!!!!!
MemeQueen (10 months ago)
This was such a good tutorial, that I feel like you just exposed a technique no one should know about! Thank you so much!
SeanK (10 months ago)
Spoon you're some legend boiiiiii
Gabriel Josefson (10 months ago)
Heddrick (10 months ago)
Fantastic! Insta-subbed!
Suphajit Pankamonsil (10 months ago)
Wonderful tutorial
H P (10 months ago)
Please make actions out of this
Markus Nikkilä (11 months ago)
Nice vid! I have to give it a try
Bob Stevenson (11 months ago)
Yao Xu (11 months ago)
super wow!
William Stewart (11 months ago)
Im not paying for some shitty shutterstock image Chris
Blazeurs (11 months ago)
You hack the Nasa ?
Sho aREz (11 months ago)
ncie tut but the oil paint plugin is missing. Do you have to buy it?
Honor MacDonald (11 months ago)
Wow... There's a lot of Photoshop content on YouTube and only so many hours of viewing time available, so I don't subscribe to many channels after just one video, you I sure did here. Fantastic work, clearly taught, without wasting my time. Thank you very much. :)
Istvan Szabo (11 months ago)
Your voice is bloody awful. You need to enunciate your words better. I couldn't follow half of your stuff. Love the style, too bad I couldn't understand what you were saying most of the time !
GoBIGclan (3 months ago)
Your face is bloody awful.
Matthew Nathe (7 months ago)
maybe you should take an English hearing class...he sounds find to anyone accustomed to the English language
Briscoe the Collie (8 months ago)
I don't know what you're on about, his accent's the same as mine and I understood him, a bit rude saying your voice is bloody awful to be honest.
Sean Tubridy (9 months ago)
That’s your problem. Try listening to people with different accents more often and then you’ll understand.
Michael Gray (9 months ago)
Sounds fine to me. Maybe your listening skills need improvement.
Proyoska (1 year ago)
Whenever I apply the oil paint filter it gives more of a swirl at 2 then a brush stroke. Is there any reason for it or how to get a better brush stroke look?
Random Scandinavian (1 year ago)
I also got a very swirly look when I tried it. In some parts more than others. I will try it again and maybe use the smudge tool to make some more controled brush strokes.
Ray Dillon (1 year ago)
Very cool! Thanks for ruining the lives of illustrators everywhere. Ha! :D Hey, one thing to add, they usually put a bit of a glow around the characters. Like a splattery airbrush outlining the characters and seperating them from each other and background. And an overall splatter covering most of the poster.
Игра Года (1 year ago)
Спасибо за задание) Шикарно!
Dass K (1 year ago)
Svetlozar Hristov (1 year ago)
Carisa Wenstrom (1 year ago)
If your Oil Paint option is greyed out, here's how to fix it: https://www.photoshopgurus.com/forum/threads/how-to-fix-the-oiled-paint-filter-greyed-out.56056/
Phillip Lizotte (1 year ago)
I bow to you, Sensei...
Nathan K. (1 year ago)
Brandon Suarez (1 year ago)
My savior
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Mondrix Diseños (1 year ago)
Great tutorial !! Thanks a lot ! Greetings from Argentina !
Johan MildMedia (1 year ago)
Great tutorial. It's result depends a lot on the original image. Tried it with a Harrison Ford image that probably had too much noise in it from the start which made the oil paint effect look very "plastic". I'm not a fan of filters in general as it pretty obvious most of the time that filters have been used.
SomerMilan (8 months ago)
Same, even with a super clear image (I tried the melancholia poster) its not doing the same thing for me, or giving me that look
KAMP70 (1 year ago)
Thank you for making a easy, pro level tutorial. Obviously you have to start with a wonderful image.
KAMP70 (1 year ago)
Fantastic and sivcixe
Remix Ranger (1 year ago)
where to get oil paint ?
bart (1 month ago)
Check out GREYCstoration on google, it's a third-party addon that does practically the same thing
TopPro Editor (7 months ago)
Select Filter (top menu) oil paint is there for any older versions. Or just type oil paint in the help tab.
Ed Taylor (8 months ago)
click IMAGE. Mode, 8bit and it won't be greyed out
Ed Taylor (8 months ago)
click IMAGE. Mode, 8bit and it won't be greyed out
Gilles Lafaye (10 months ago)
CC2018: I see oil paint, but it's greyed out
Garry Cheney (1 year ago)
Brilliant! Going to try this on a vehicle photo today!
Ishmael Jaeger (1 year ago)
Awesome. Simple and effective.

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