Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage, Pulp Fiction Magazine Cover


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 the bottom-right 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 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 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
of text, 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
further apart. 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
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 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
the elements. 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 Italic icon. 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
text layer 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 clip art. 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!

57 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage, Pulp Fiction Magazine Cover

  1. This video helped me make an awesome event poster for my band! Thanks a lot for the upload 🙂 here is a link to the event page if you want to check it out!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/244927939010412/

  2. I have followed this tutorial exactly and for the Horror Dingbats II / The Victims font , when i click "E" it is very very thick. I can barely understand then shape of that lady. Any idea on what i did wrong? Thank you

  3. Mr. Marty Geller presenter and owner of http://bluelightningtv.com guided me to create this fiction book, enjoy pic.twitter.com/ipJWugDFiG.  What do you think about my design of your fiction book, please respond!

  4. Thanks very much for this Marty! The explanation of the color half-tone pixels is one of those tricks that I've wanted to tinker with.

  5. I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS!!! We just got CS6 in our office.. I seem to be the only one excited about all of this. You show in detail everything, what to click, where to go, everything.. I LOVE IT! THANK YOU!! 

  6. Thanks for another amazing tutorial
    My Ps skills have greatly improved since I subscibed to this channel
    Keep up the good work

  7. Every time I clicked the template and the fonts link it brought me to the dropbox website!!!!! I can't get it!!

  8. OH, one thing I will say, you kinda need the same version of software to follow your guides, 'cos if like me you have never used Photoshop my old version and a demo had certain filers missing or an icon wasn't there and I was totally stuck. I did make a fatastic 1960s poster using your guide and it's frame and on my wall. I hope to use this guide now to creat a 1950s rock n roll poster. 🙂

  9. I know thats not about your video, but your voice its just like Dwight's voice from the Office XD

  10. Marty – you sound like my old Jewish uncle, but you got skills like a photoshop samurai. Fantastic, my man.

  11. I don't know if anyone here is old enough to know what you're doing with the audio and I just want to say it's fucking brilliant.

  12. The coolest shit on the internet! By the way, you've got a professional, voice-overISH voice, if that makes any sense ;D

  13. Appreciate your video. These instructions have helped me with various projects for my nonprofit comic club for the last 3 years. Thank you!

  14. First of all thank you for all the great tutorial you provide.
    But i was wondering do you, or anyone, know how to do the wrinkles of the magazine cover instead of downloading it ?

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