“Lights..Camera..Action!” Become a Movie Star on a Vintage, 1950s Movie Magazine Cover in Photoshop!
“Lights..Camera..Action!” Become a Movie Star on a Vintage, 1950s Movie Magazine Cover in Photoshop!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to place yourself onto the cover of a vintage, movie magazine from the 1950s. This tutorial is for versions CC and later. I provided a template, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description or project files. It includes this texture of paper scratches
and abrasions, the masthead of a typical movie magazine from that era and a folder that includes
all of the other text. You can replace any of the text by simply
double-clicking the large “T” on the text layer to highlight the text and then type
in your own text. I’ll press Ctrl or Cmd + Z to undo the last step. If you’d like to use the same fonts that I’m
using, I provided their links, as well. Feel free to reposition the text for your cover. I’ll collapse the folder. Before we begin, if I’ve inspired you to
explore your creativity in Photoshop, please help support my channel for as little as 2
dollars a month by becoming a patron through Patreon. Click the Patreon card at the upper, right
corner or click the Join button below the video to become a Channel member. Make sure the paper scratches layer’s Blend
Mode is “Screen”. This blend mode shows the scratches, as well
as all the layers under it because it clips off all of the darkest tones of the scratches
layer, while revealing all of the lightest tones. Open a high resolution, large-sized, close-up
photo of a person that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. Since almost all of the celebrities that adorned
these type of movie magazine covers were cut out of its original background and then placed
onto a flat color later, I’ll show you how to do it. There are many ways cut out subjects from
their backgrounds, but for this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool If you’re using
this tool, as well, I find that a radius of 10 pixels works well for most sizes, however,
feel free to adjust the amount if you’d like. Drag your cursor over the inside of your subject. To remove selections that are outside your
subject, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. To check your selection press “Q” on your
keyboard to see it as a quick mask. By the way, if you want to change the color
of a quick mask, double-click the quick mask icon, click the color box and just change
the color. I have its opacity set at 100%. To refine the selections’ edges, click the
Select and Mask button if you’re using version CC 2015.5 or later or you can go to Select
and Select and Mask. If you’re using an earlier version of Photoshop,
click “Refine Edge”. I did in-depth tutorials on both, so if you’d
like to watch them, I provided their links, as well. If you prefer to use Refine edge instead of
Select and Mask, Shift-click Select and Mask to open the Refine Edge filter. Check “Smart Radius”, which will detect hard
and smooth edges. The brush should be approximately this size. To adjust its size, make sure the CapsLock
key is off and press the left or right bracket key on your keyboard. Drag your cursor over the soft edges such
as the hair. Check “Decontaminate Colors”. This prevents color fringing onto your subject
from the background. Drag it all the way to 100%. Output it to a “New Layer with Layer Mask”
and click OK. We’ll convert our cutout subject into a Smart
Object, so we can add filters to it non-destructively and even replace it with a different subject,
without having to redo most of the effects. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter and “Camera Raw Filter”. Before we start adjusting some of the settings,
keep in mind, since every photo has its own characteristics, the settings and amounts
I’ll be using for this particular image may not work the best for your image, so feel
free to adjust them as needed. In the “Basic” panel, I’ll make the Temperature:
30 to give our subject have a golden-yellow color cast and I’ll make the Exposure: minus
0.60, which darkens our subject. I’ll decrease the Contrast to minus 50. The Clarity is +40 and the Vibrance is +80. This combination gives our image an over-the-top, punch that printed movie magazine covers had from the 1950s. Open the “Presets” panel and open “Grain”. I’ll click “Medium”, which gives our
subject a grainy texture. Then, press Enter or Return to accept all
the settings and to close the Camera Raw window. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll blur it 0.4 pixels to soften the image. Next, we’ll darken the overall highlights
of our subject by clicking the Adjustment Layer icon and clicking “Exposure”. Adjustment layers affect all the layers below
them in the Layers panel. To restrict an adjustment layer to affect
only the one layer beneath it, it needs to be clipped to that layer. Since we’ll be adding a background layer below
our subject later, let’s clip the adjustment layer to our subject now. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. In the “Exposure” field,I’ll type in minus 0.40. Next, we’ll compress the shadows and highlights,
which creates a similar flattening of the overall contrast of many subjects printed
on inexpensive, vintage magazine covers. To do this, click the Adjustment layer icon
again and this time, click “Selective Color”. Then, clip it to the subject. Open the Whites and in the “Black” field, type in 60. Open the Blacks and in the same field, type in minus 20. We’ll convert our visible subject into a Smart
object, by Shift-clicking the subject to make it and its adjustment layers active and converting
them into one Smart Object. We’re ready to place our subject into the
template I provided. Open your Move Tool by pressing “v” on your keyboard. Drag it onto the tab of the template and without
releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down and release. To resize it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. If you’re using CC 2019, just press Alt or
Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the bounding box
and drag your subject. Then, press Enter or Return. Let’s drag our subject below the paper scratches layer. We’ll add a background color at the bottom
of the Layers panel. Make the text folder active and create a new
layer below it by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. Let’s name it, “Background”. Click the foreground color and pick a color for your background. Since, I already know the color I want, I’ll
type it into the hexadecimal field: 385981. To fill the empty layer with your foreground
color, press Alt or Option + Delete. To ensure that all of our text is visible
and not hidden behind our subject, we’ll drag the text folder above our subject. To change the color of your text, open the
Text folder and double-click the large “T” of the text layer that you want to change. This activates and highlights all the text in that layer. Click the color box in the Properties panel
or the box at the top of your screen. For this block of text, I’ll pick black. Double-click the large “T” of the “Your name here” layer and type out the name of the person on your cover. I’ll change the color of this block of text
by repeating the same steps. To change the color of the masthead, double-click the Masthead layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the box. Pick a color that compliments your subject
and its background. I’ll cancel it, since I like my original color. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

41 thoughts on ““Lights..Camera..Action!” Become a Movie Star on a Vintage, 1950s Movie Magazine Cover in Photoshop!”

  1. R Garlin says:

    Wonderful! 👏 Thanks too for your generosity with the fonts and template, much appreciated!👍👍

  2. Belum Lima Menit says:

    like ke 3

  3. dario zabala says:

    Hello, hola, gabon from Euskadi !! Thanks you're the best.

  4. Returning Shadow says:

    The template for download is only an inverted version of the scratched paper. No other folder or anything.

  5. Returning Shadow says:

    For those using versions prior to CC, like me, the image adjustments can be made as Adjustment layers and in the Filter Gallery

  6. Jim Isaac says:

    What a great project. Thanks for posting.

  7. simone elsa says:


  8. Luis Donado says:

    Great stuff! I always love the vintage stuff made with Photoshop!

  9. Rossy Waló says:

    My Master

  10. G gaming says:


  11. hussain mohammed. mahf says:


  12. dangtam nguyen says:

    Thanks so much!

  13. blva888 says:

    Great video!!!

  14. Вадим Клыков says:

    it is a pity that there is no translation into Russian

  15. Reliance BTL says:

    Liked, back

  16. seyi sotunde says:

    Please I have always enjoy your post but I really need a tutorial on dodge and burn. I thanks

  17. Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas says:

    Fantastic!!! Very cool… You are bigger and yours tutorials best of the best. P.D. Sorry for my bad english, i'm spanish.

  18. Ammu Digital says:

    Nice sir
    Love u

  19. Z.K M says:

    thanks so much bro

  20. Vikas Kumar says:

    Cool video i like ur videos

  21. Abscur says:

    That is awesome, please more tutorials))

  22. Ropan bhuiyan says:

    This tutorial very helpful

  23. Schizobeatz says:

    Nice! Always learn something new when I watch your vids!

  24. Linda McAllister says:

    Great video Marty, I'm going to try this, I love it! 🙂

  25. haroun says:

    please can you help me to view the red in brush when i resize it, i try to change the color of cursor but i failed

  26. Stancu Remus says:

    Why I don't have anything in camera raw presets?

  27. Norio Kobayashi says:

    Thank you sir. You are amazing!!!!

  28. SmokinGun55 says:


  29. Paul Buttrill says:

    Very impressive.

  30. Redha Nessah says:

    Great job

  31. Android Bani says:

    i like this video

  32. Let's Learn Guitar says:

    thanks bro!

  33. Lynda Bond says:

    Hi Marty. I’ve been busy, so missed telling you how amazing this turned out for me. I used an old magazine “ Normal Rockwell “ and made my Christmas cards ! Amazing and fun. Most definitely unique. Thanks so very much. 👏💕

  34. Sezer Seth says:

    I dont have any presets in camera raw where can I find it ?

  35. buzzAart says:

    Thanks for your amazing Tutorial..

    Can i get the font for the word "Photoplay"……………………???

  36. Jose Diaz H says:

    Muchas gracias!

  37. Andriansyah Ryan says:

    why my photoshop nothing camera raw filter ? please help … and why the solution?

  38. Masoud Karian says:

    your template is not at hand. it does not open the webpage to download it

  39. Nguyen PhucLuan says:

    5:25 I don't see the Grain Color B&W Curve … preset in the preset folder

  40. c says:

    thanks for this type of tutorials <33

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