Poster from the Words

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Would you like to make your own cool musical poster? This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to do it.


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Poster from the Words

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Step 1

First we are going to create a new document in Photoshop with 1000×1000 pixels with all the default settings. Fill the background layer with black color.

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Step 2

Select Horizontal Type Tool and place any text (white color, caps on) filling all background as you can see below. Only use one text layer.

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Rotate text 45 degrees CW by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate.

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Step 3

Open photo and copy it to our canvas over text layer. Go to Edit > Free Transform and resize photo to something similar to what I have.

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Select text from text layer (Ctrl+left click on text layer thumbnail in layers). Press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection. With selection active, select photo layer and press Delete to clear selection contents.

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Press Ctrl+D to deactivate selection.

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Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

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Step 4

Create a new layer. Select Horizontal Tool (Arial, white color, 55px) and write something like “DJ Music!”. Create a second new layer and write “Only best hits!” (Arial, white color, 25px).

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Rotate text 45 degrees CW by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate on both layers.

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Apply Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > Outer Glow to both layer to make it more readable.

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Final Image

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This tutorial is now finished and you got a great effect!

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40 Responses

  1. alache says:

    easy to do, but very interesting and useful result.
    thx a lot

  2. komal says:

    Very Nice n beauty full…

  3. Yasser says:

    Will definitely give it a go.

  4. Rancho says:

    easy but nice!

  5. Renate says:

    Can anyone explain step 3:
    Select text from text layer (Ctrl+left click on text layer thumbnail in layers). Press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection. With selection active, select photo layer and press Delete to clear selection contents.

    I don’t understand what to do…

    Thanks :)

  6. beecca says:

    how do you do the invert step on photoshop elements?

  7. shobhit says:

    It’s great! thanks

  8. elmefarda says:

    hi . thnx too much . i done it

  9. Gabriela Christa says:

    Do we use the same step for Adobe Photoshop elements 8.0 ? Because on step 3, when I press Ctrl+Shift+I it doesn’t do anything.

  10. rifas says:

    Please, Change your web for tutorial because it’s very also small…

  11. BLABLABLA says:

    do you have to put in every word

    • Rach says:

      just copy and paste something from online if you don’t wanna type it ;)
      i plan on copying lyrics when i do this

  12. walsh says:

    How do you get your words so crisp and clear when cutting them out of the picture?? When I do it its not like that. For example, the o’s are fully cut out, theres no hole in the center, one of the words in the picture was minimum and it just looked all pushed together. It does not look clean on mine. I am using Cs5.1, maybe it has something to do with selecting the text… I used the magic wand tool, and then inverted it… I used arial black for the font in 10 pt also, any help would be greatly appreciated…. I can send a pic also if you need it so you can see what im talking about

    • fused says:

      I think I know where you are going wrong.
      You are right in as much as you know where the problem lies, it’s the way you are trying to make your selection.
      You don’t actually select the text using any selection tools. At no point do you need to use the main picture to make your type selection.
      Make your selection by pressing and holding down the CTRL key, then you have to left click on the little white thumbnail on the text layer itself (should have a small T in the middle of it). If you CTRL + left click the layer and not the thumbnail, then all you’ll do is select the layer which isn’t going to do much good here.
      Hope that helps.

  13. ASDASD says:

    Dude, i don’t understand that with selecting those 2 layers and deleting it… damn!

  14. Adis says:

    I got it, it was my bad :D. Sorry and thanks for this amazing tutorial ;)

  15. jeny says:

    very good and nice

  16. walsh says:

    My words don;t come out as clear as in the example, why is that :(

  17. Daffy says:

    I am surprised at how easy it is. Thanks

  18. Vinod says:

    very smart this design. i like it very much……..

  19. walsh says:

    Anyone who made one of these can you help me out? I have previous comments on here, just reply to one if you can help me. Thanks

  20. Rifal says:

    thx for this tutorial, i like it.. :)

  21. john says:

    i have a problem in instruction number 3 :(

  22. Toni says:

    So how would you do this to keep the words inside of the picture and not totally across the flyer?

  23. sniperX says:

    I have the same problem, please help as I see one question not getting an answer.

    I can get to the point of step 3, pic 2 but the moment I try “ctrl+D” to delete selection, nothing happens ie: pic 3 unless ofcos pic 3 is that step but then when I apply “image – adjustments – brightnes/contrast” the option is greyd out, inaccesable

    Please help as this is awesome

  24. Design Master says:

    So OLD Tutorial :D I’ve Saw it on Photoshopstar.com About 2 or 3 years ago with a different image :D But Thanks for Uploading …. :)

  25. Retroo says:

    I’m with sniperX on this1 can’t seem to get over step 3. Any possibility that any1 could upload the psd file?

  26. Jen W says:

    For those having problems with Step 3

    Hit backspace instead of delete. It worked for me :)

  27. manuel says:

    i’m a graphic designer…

    nice but ….

    Arial?
    are you f****ng kidding me?

  28. brad says:

    When i try to click delete on the photo thumbnail it says “Smart object is not directly editable.”

    • joeri says:

      you need to rasterize the layer. right click on the layer and then click rasterize layer!

  29. Theskatinguru says:

    An easier way i found is when you put the picture want over the text change the blead mode to overlay instead of cutting up the picture

  30. ravi says:

    Can anyone explain step 3:
    Select text from text layer (Ctrl+left click on text layer thumbnail in layers). Press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection. With selection active, select photo layer and press Delete to clear selection contents.

    I don’t understand what to do…

  31. gilang says:

    easy cool tutorial.. nice share

  32. Youssef says:

    Thanks alot :) >>>>> For step 3

    after you write your text .. you rotate it .. thn you add your picture …

    THn select the text layer .. THn press ctrl + left click on the icon of the text layer ( T ) ..
    .. thn press ( ctrl + shift + i ) to inverse the selection

    thn choose your photo and press delete

  33. Macs says:

    Hi!
    Someone can upload me the picture from the old tutorial? That women face with the purple glasses?
    I lost it, and can’t find in google.

    By the way great tutorial. I used it many times. Thanks alot!

  34. herbert says:

    I know i have found quiet an interesting and a good environment for learning and possibly being the best.

    Thanks so much for the Tutorial

  35. xoxktcxox says:

    STEP 3 MAKES NO SENSE!!!