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In this course you will learn how to use illustrations, photos, composite modes and text to create dynamic graphic art that you can apply to and reproduce on anything from t-shirts and logos to book covers and posters. I will cover detailed design topics such as layer styles, filters, mood, lighting, color space and more. In addition I will share valuable insights on the process I use to work with my clients to produce graphics that exceed their expectations.
Our main project will be to create a Movie Poster for an up and coming indie movie. This project will give you a chance to apply the core lesson topics as I walk you step by step through the process. After completing the course and the course assignments you will have the understanding and the confidence to creatively tackle a variety of design projects in Photoshop with precision and ease.
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Course overview and SynopsisPreview
|Section 1: How To Create Awesome Logos|
In Section 1 we look at using text and symbols to create logos for businesses, titles, t-shirts and more.
Layer Styles - making your life easier.
Flashy Text Logos
Sweet Symbol Logos
Tips for the final logo and Presenting your logo
|Section 2: Dynamic Book Covers|
This Section we learn how to use images and illustrations to create great book, CD and DVD designs.
Sizes, Printing, Color Space, and Barcodes
How to use photo to create dynamic book covers.
How to Illustrate a book cover.
Using Masks and Filters to take your designs to the next level. Part 1
Using Masks and Filters to take your designs to the next level. Part 2
|Section 3: Let’s Make a Movie Poster - Getting Started -Part 1|
In this Section we will start the creation of our movie poster from scratch. We will go through the design process, gather the elements and create a mockup.
Sketch, refine and finalize the process of designing a poster.
Quickly finding all the elements we need.
|Section 4: Let’s Make a Movie - In-depth making of the mockup - Part 2|
To give you a really good sense of how to do this I wanted to record the whole thing. So here we make the mock up using found photos and a lot of tweaking and masks.
Creating the Mock-up using stand-in photos. Part 2
Creating the Mock-up using stand-in photos. Part 3
Creating the Mock-up using stand-in photos. Part 4
|Section 5: Let’s Make a Movie Poster - Part 3|
Here we finalize the look of the poster and go into gathering the final photo elements, lighting, color, mood, text and logos. Then we will give it the final touches and get it ready for printing.
Included in the Supplemental Material is all the images you need to build the final poster, and I've included the finished psd for the poster I created for Harker: the Awakening.
Let’s put it together
Adjust the mood and lighting.
Where will the text go? Part 1
Where will the text go? Part 2
Final looks and a finished poster. Part 1
Final looks and a finished poster. Part 2
Paul-Thomas has been a creative freelancer for more than 10 years and loved art and storytelling since he was a small boy. Following his passion for art and storytelling Paul got a degree from Full Sail University in Video Game Design and Development.
Since then, Paul transitioned slightly away from video games and has now become a successful filmmaker and graphic artist. He is a founder of Film In A Year - a community focused film company who's purpose is to create learning opportunities for local filmmakers, artists and actors.
Paul is particularly known for his creative and imaginative storytelling ability in a variety of mediums and his passion for self improvement has lead him through a learning process that inspires him to share his knowledge with others. He is excited to share his creativity and passion with anyone who will listen!