Oct
8
2012

Make Your Own Wanted Poster using Photoshop

by PhotoshopYogi  with    No Comments

In this tutorial I will show you how to make your own wanted poster or how to make a wanted dead or alive poster in Photoshop. Here I provided a wanted poster template PSD. We would need following things to start designing our most wanted western poster:

This is what you are going to design

Make your own western wanted poster or dead or alive poster

Now, don’t get intimidated by the length of this tutorial. This page is a long one but not a hard one, because I took screenshot after almost every single step, just to make sure that you don’t get confused “whoa! what just happened after step number 23??” :) .

Graphic resources needed for this tutorial:

  1. A wooden texture background (From www.public-domain-image.com)
  2. a rusty texture (From www.public-domain-image.com)
  3. Close up shot of the ‘wanted’ person

First, we create a new file to make a wanted poster background in Photoshop by pressing ctrl+N. When prompted to enter file details we enter the following details:

Make your own western wanted poster or dead or alive poster

More screenshots, easier it is to follow. So put your designer hat on, Gringo.

Note that I am designing this poster at 100ppi (Pixels per inch which works fine for images designed for web or internet. So choose 100ppi if you are designing this most wanted western poster just for posting on some website or facebook. For print make it 300ppi. 300ppi gives good crisp resolution if you are designing for print. Of course, it would increase the file size to contain that extra information.

We will complete this western wanted poster in 5 chapters:

  1. Creating right texture for the wanted poster
  2. Creating old faded text on the poster
  3. Creating the wanted guy’s sketch
  4. ‘Nailing’ the poster to the wall
  5. and some finishing touches

Creating texture for the wanted poster

Now, it’s time to bring wooden background into our most wanted western poster. Drag the wood texture image from your images folder into Photoshop.

When you do this, the wood texture image will be shrunk to fit our poster width. So hit ‘V’ on your keyboard. This will bring up ‘Move Tool‘. Now stretch/expand wood texture by holding ‘shift‘ key and stretching the image with mouse cursor (Holding ‘Shift‘ key will transform the image keeping its original proportions intact).  Once your image look like this:

you are good. This is the wooden wall where our ‘wanted dead or alive‘ poster will be nailed.

Now, create a new layer by clicking on ‘new layer‘ icon in the bottom icon panel of layers or by pressing shift+Ctrl+N.

P.S: The keyboard short-cuts used here are for Windows PC users, if you are a Mac user use Command key where Ctrl key. Refer to table below.

Windows
Macintosh
Control
Command (Most of the time); Control
Alt

Option

Windows/Start
Command/Apple
Backspace
Delete
Shift
Shift
Enter
Enter
Return
Return

Name this layer ‘First’ (or whatever you like..but do name your layers the moment you create them. Otherwise it will be very hard to know by looking at layer structure which layer does what.)

Once background wall is in place, we will start making our own wanted poster by creating basic shape for the wanted poster. Select ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool‘ from tool pallet or press M to activate it.

With ‘First’ Layer selected, draw a rectangular shape for wanted poster. It’s just an empty field surrounded by a dotted line.

Click on ‘Foreground color‘ and using set it to f8eedc.

Now select ‘Paint Bucket Tool‘ (or hit G)  and then click inside the rectangular shape we created on ‘First’ Layer. This will fill the rectangular shape with selected color and our basic wanted poster shape is ready.

Now create a new layer on the top of ‘First’ Layer, by clicking on ‘Create new Layer‘ icon below layer pallet or simply press shift+Ctrl+N. Going with later allows you to name your layer and use the previous layer to create a clipping mask before you actually create this layer. I find this useful but you can go either way.

I name this new layer as ‘cloud’ and check the box saying “Use previous layer to create a clipping mask”.

Or you can create a layer first by clicking on icon and then group it to previous layer by hitting (Alt+Ctrl+G). They are almost same thing. This creates a kind of mother-child relationship between layers. So that child layer is visible only as much as mother layer is.

Now change your foreground color to #977430.

and hit Shift+F5 or go to Edit–>Fill from top menu and hit ENTER. Your image looks like this.

Now we will add a layer mask to the cloud layer or our most wanted poster. Do this either by going Layer–>Layer Mask–>Reveal All or click on the mask icon below the layers pallet.

Your layers will look like this

Go to Filter–>Render–>Clouds in top menu and hit ENTER your image and layer pallet should look like this:

Now while ‘Clouds’ layer selected, click on black and white circle icon below layers pallet and select ‘Levels’ from pop up menu.

Group this layer (automatically named ‘Levels 1‘) with the clouds layer by hitting Ctrl+Alt+G. Now these level changes will only affect the ‘Clouds’ layer of our wanted poster. Drag the small arrow heads of Custom–>RGB pallet to positions shown in the image below.

Now change the opacity of ‘Cloud’ layer to 76%.

Your image would look like something like this .

Please note, you can play with these values as your taste and your final image could be little different. I would encourage you to do that as that’s the best way to learn things if you are already not a Photoshop expert. However, for the sake of tutorial you can stick to shown values or close.

Now with layer ‘Levels 1‘ selected we create a new layer by hitting Ctrl+Shift+N. We name this layer ‘Fiber‘ and check the box to use the previous layer ‘Levels 1‘ to create a clipping mask.

Set the foreground color to #f9f1d9

and hit Shift+F5 or Edit–>Fill

Hit ENTER. Your image now would look like this:

Now ‘Add Layer Mask‘ to ‘Fiber‘ layer by hitting the ‘Layer Mask‘ Icon below the layer pallet or from top menu Layer–>Layer Mask-Reveal All. Once mask is in place, go to Filter–>Render–>Fibers.. and choose values as shown in image below (they look ‘greyed out’ in pic, but don’t worry.)

Now change the blending mode of your layer ‘Fiber’ to ‘multiply’.

Your image would look like this

Make your own western wanted poster or dead or alive poster

While layer ‘Fiber’ selected, create a new layer and group it to ‘Fiber’ layer by same way we used in past steps. Name this new layer ‘Rough Pastels‘.

Now make your foreground color #fceec4,

And fill the ‘Rough Pastels‘ layer with foreground color by hitting Shit+F5. While keeping the ‘Rough Pastels‘ selected go to Filter–>Artistic–>Rough Pastels and apply the values shown in the image below. (ignore the greyed image..use the setting values)

Now your image looks like

Now change the blending mode of ‘Rough Pastels‘ Layer to ‘Multiply‘ and reduce its opacity to 80%.

 

Your most wanted poster will look like this

It contains the texture of a old ‘fibery’ thick paper and is faded here and there. Perfect!

 

So we got the ‘wanted western poster‘ texture in Photoshop, but wait amigo. Yet we have to add a lil more texture to this ‘wanted poster‘ and also we will give it a torn out look on the edges because right now it’s not looking it’s come from old wild west but a modern printer.

Let’s handle the torn edges part first. Select the ‘First’ layer from layer pallet.

Now go to Filter–>Distort–>Ripple from top menu and make ‘amount‘ of Ripple 158% and ‘size’ of Ripple filter ‘medium‘, hit ENTER .

Your poster has a ripple effect now which gives its edges a torn look.

But yet this torn edges have a pattern which can be easily recognized. If the paper was torn from natural causes i.e. handling or weather, it won’t have a torn pattern but a randomly torn edges. We will use ‘Lasso’ tool for this job. Keeping ‘First’ layer selected, we will move ‘Lasso’ tool (hit L) near all sides of our wanted poster. For this first we will zoom in the poster a little and will chunks of poster sides one by one.

The idea is to start from one edge of the wanted poster and move the Lasso tool randomly between tops and bottoms of the sharp edges ‘Ripple’ filter created. We also keep creating some big torn chucks at the same time, but not too many.

Similarly after using the Lasso tool on all 4 sides of ‘First’ layer of wanted poster, we will an image like this.

Now it’s time to a little more texture to this torn wanted poster. Select ‘Rough Pastels‘ layer, and hit Shift+Ctrl+N to create a new layer on top. Don’t name it just check box for using previous later as clipping mask.

Now open the folder where you downloaded file named rusty-wall.jpg (remember we downloaded it in the very beginning?) and drag this image into Photoshop. This image will automatically give our recently created layer a name ‘rusty-wall‘, for obvious reasons.

Now keeping the ‘rusty-wall‘ layer selected, hit ‘V‘ to activate ‘Move Tool‘. Hold ‘Shift‘ key and expand this ‘rusty-wall‘ layer, so that it covers our poster area.

 

We do this by stretching any of four corners or ‘rusty-wall‘. Holding down ‘shift‘ key, as I told before, keeps the original proportions of the image intact.

The ‘rusty-wall‘ layer as we created is a smart object (which is beyond the scope of this tutorial), so we will ‘rasterize‘ this layer by right clicking on this layer choosing ‘rasterize layer‘ option.

 

Now we will ‘Desaturate‘ the ‘rusty-wall‘ layer simple to get rid of its colors. We do this by going Image–>Adjustments–>Desaturate from top menu

or just by hitting Ctrl+Shift+U on keyboard. Your desaturated ‘rusty-wall‘ looks like this:

While ‘rusty-wall‘ layer is selected, change its blending mode to ‘Overlay‘ and it’s opacity to 85%.

 

Hit ‘Create a new Fill or Adjustment Layer‘ button below the layers pallet and choose ‘Levels‘.

Right click on ‘Levels 2‘ (automatically named) layer and choose ‘ create a clipping mask ‘ or Hit Ctrl+Alt+G. Now drag the middle ‘grey’ arrowhead on Adjustment levels to 0.75 value and change ‘Levels 2‘ layer opacity to 85%.

Your image now looks like this

Now our western wanted poster looks good but it still lack 3rd dimension, the effect of which we can create giving it a shadow. Select ‘wood-pattern‘ layer .

and create a new layer on top of it by clicking ‘Create New Layer‘ icon/button below layer pallet.

Name this layer ‘shadow‘ by double clicking on layer name and entering the new name.

While keeping the ‘Shadow’ layer selected, Hold Ctrl key and click on layer image of ‘First‘ Layer.

This will select only the area used by ‘First‘ layer.  Your wanted poster would look like this

‘Shadow’ layer is selected. We will make Black our foreground color by hitting D. From top menu go Edit–>Fill or hit Shift+F5.

On prompt , fill the layer with foreground color i.e. Black, hit ENTER.

Now your ‘Shadow‘ layer area is filled with Black color. You can’t see it as ‘Shadow‘ layer is below(behind) ‘First‘ layer, which hides it. So we will move ‘Shadow‘ layer a bit to make it visible. Hit ‘V‘ on keyboard to activate ‘Move Tool‘ while ‘Shadow‘ layer is selected/active. Now using the arrow keys on your keyboard, hit ‘Down‘ arrow key twice, and ‘Right’ key twice. This will bring out ‘Shadow‘ layer a bit, just as much we needed.

 

Now select ‘Rectangular Marquee‘ tool by hitting ‘M‘ on keyboard and click anywhere outside the selected image area. This will ‘Deselect‘ the area selected .i.e. image editing is not limited to any specific area now. You will notice the dotted line around ‘Shadow‘ has disappeared now.

Now keeping the ‘Shadow‘ layer selected/active, go to Filter–>Blur-Gaussian Blur

Make radius of blur 1.5 pixel and hit ENTER.

Change the master opacity of ‘Shadow‘ layer to 40%

Your wanted poster would have a shadow now

You must have notices that old papers, have dark corners and sides. So now we will create this dark corners effect on our western wanted poster.

Select the top most layer ‘levels 2‘ and create a new layer above it by clicking ‘Create New Layer‘ icon in the bottom of layers pallet. Name this layer ‘Dark Edges‘. Now while ‘Dark Edges‘ is selected, Hold down Ctrl key and click on the image part (not the layer itself) of ‘First‘ layer.

While ‘Dark Edges‘ is active/Selected, hit Shift+F5 or Edit–>Fill ..Fill with foreground color which is black. Hit ENTER.

Now, without clicking anywhere else (we need this area selected for next operation) go to Select–>Modify–>Contract from top menu

Contract by 3 pixel and hit OK.

We will delete this contracted area by hitting ‘Delete‘ key on keyboard.

Activate/Select ‘Magic Wand Tool‘ from tools pallet or hit ‘W‘ key. Values for ‘Magic Wand Tool‘ should match the values shown in image below i.e. Tolerance is 2 Pixel.

While ‘Dark Edges‘ is active, click ‘Magic Wand Tool‘ anywhere ‘outside‘ the poster area. It will select the area outside the dark edges.

Now right click anywhere on wanted poster and choose ‘Select Inverse

 

Now all the area inside black boundary (including) of ‘Dark Edges‘ is selected. Don’t click anywhere now, we need this area selected. Go to Filter–>Blur–>Gaussian Blur and with radius 6.5 pixels hit ENTER

Now hit ‘M‘ on keyboard and click anywhere on the image to deselect the area. Our old west wanted poster now have dark edges.

While your ‘Dark Edges‘ layer is still active, Hit ‘V‘ on keyboard to activate ‘Move Tool‘. Use arrow keys on keyboard and hit ‘Right‘ and ‘Down‘ keys once each. This will give out paper a 3D look effect (Subtle however).

I know the tutorial is getting long, but we want you to learn how to make your own wanted poster, right? And a good one. So hold on and enjoy the process of adding tiny details to the poster. These details will shine like crystals in our final western wanted poster. You can save your PSD file at this moment and resume making the wanted posted tomorrow or another day…or just shake your butt and move along, it’s going to be very interesting from here.

Now our wanted poster has great texture and dark edges. But will not stop here, we will make all corners a little more dark as corners of old papers are always darker than the sides. Select ‘Rough Pastels‘ layer.

Select ‘Burn Tool‘ from tools

Make brush size 114pixel, Range-Highlights and Exposure – 30% of burn tool

While ‘Rough Pastels‘ is selected, use burn tool on 4 corners of wanted poster to give them darker look. Use it a little here and there (sides) to keep the look natural. My image looks like this after Use of burn Tool’.

Change opacity of ‘levels 1‘ to 64%.

Clip ‘Dark Edges‘ to ‘Levels 2‘ layer by selecting it and then hitting Ctrl+Alt+G

Now final touch to make our wooden background a little more different from our wanted poster. So select ‘wood-pattern’ layer, and create new ‘fill or adjustment layer’ for it. That would be ‘Levels 3‘ layer.

Choose values of ‘levels‘ as shown in image below

So you will get this

Creating old faded text on your western wanted poster

Create a new layer above ‘Dark Edges‘. Select ‘Horizontal Type Tool‘ by hitting ‘T‘ on your keyboard. Go to Window–>Character if ‘Character’ editing window is not visible in your editing pane.

In ‘Character’ pane/window, select font and other values as shown in image below. The font color I chose is #42535d.

Type ‘WANTED’ near top of the poster. After typing in this names will name itself ‘WANTED’. Which is great, right?.

Now we will follow some simple steps to create our wanted poster text effect:

Step 1: While text layer is selected, in top menu go to ‘Layer–>Smart Objects–>Convert to Smart Object‘. A smart object lets you edit its content any time. Like when you will download the PSD of wanted poster template of the tutorial, you can easily edit these text smart objects and all the effects/filters will be applied to new text..your text. Cool..eh?

Step 2: Change the blending mode of the text layer to ‘Color Burn‘.

Step 3: Go Filter–>Artistic–>Sponge,

Step 4: Use the ‘Sponge’ settings as shown in image below. Hit OK. You can play with this filter setting if you like.

Step 5: Change ‘Master Opacity‘ of the text layer to 90% and ‘Fill‘ to 85%

So you get something like this

This is text on an old western wanted poster that has lost its ink from many places. Great!

Now create some more text layers near top and bottom of the wanted poster as you wish but leave at least 40% space of poster in middle, to accommodate the picture/sketch of our wanted fellow.

Repeat these 5 steps explained above on each text layer as required. Please note, when creating small font size text layers, you can skip 3,4 and 5 steps. Also you might not need to decrease Fill/Opacity of small font text layers.

Mine wanted poster after all text layers are put in, looks like this.

Here’s mine use of 5 steps on individual text layers:

  • WANTED : All 5 steps
  • FOR WRITING A TUTORIAL : 1,2,3,4
  • “HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WANTED POSTER” : 1,2,3,4
  • SATTY ‘THE HOMBRE’: 1,2,3,4
  • REWARD $1,000: All 5 steps
  • signed by McLaw County : Seriously I just made that up. I don’t have any idea what’s that..but looks authentic. Font–>Playbill, Blending Mode-Difference, Fill-72%

Now create a new layer on top of ‘signed by McLaw County‘ layer, name it ‘Point Right‘. Select ‘Custom Shape Tool‘ or hit U on keyboard.

And choose ‘Point Right‘ shape from top dropdown of shapes.

While ‘Point Right‘ layer is selected, hold ‘Shift‘ key (which will let you draw the shape without screwing the proportions) and draw a hand pointing right near ‘Satty The Hombre‘ text (or whatever you typed in that layer). Change blending mode to ‘Color Burn‘ and ‘Fill’ to 80%.

Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Select ‘Move Tool‘ by hitting ‘V‘ on keyboard. and move this duplicated hand shape to the right of ‘Satty The Hombre‘ text. If you want to make sure that this new shape is at same horizontal level as of the original one, Hit ‘V‘, hold ‘Shift‘ key and then use –> (Right) arrow key to move it.

Now, click on any of 8 tiny squares appearing around duplicated hand shape, just click, DON’T drag. After clicking it, you will notice that transform options are visible in top menu now.

Click in to edit W (width) and just put minus (-) sign in front of 100.00% width. Hit ENTER. This will give our duplacated hand shape a negative 100.00% width i.e. now it will be 180 degree turned around. Which mean it now is ‘Pointing Left‘ instead of ‘Pointing Right’ .

We could also draw a ‘Point Left’ shape using ‘Custom Shapes’ but then drawing the exactly same size shape as ‘Point Right’ would have been a little difficult so we took a sure short way.

Our layer structure looks like this at this moment.

Create a new layer on the top of all layers, call it ‘Lines‘. Hit M to select ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool‘ and select a horizontal strip above ‘Wanted‘ text on the poster.

Hit Shift+F5 to fill this area with foreground color which should be # 42535d. Once the horizontal strip is filled with color, using ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool‘ make another selection. This will be a thin selection of the horizontal strip we just created.

Hit Delete. You have something like this.

Change the blending mode of ‘lines‘ layer to ‘Subract‘.

Now, go Filter–> Noise–>Add Noise.. with amount 10%, Uniform , Monochromatic noise, Hit OK. Now Filter–>Liquify. Choose values as shown in image below.

We are not going to Liquidify the horizontal strip too much, but a little ..just to break the 100% perfect horizontal look. Hit OK. Change the opacity of ‘Lines‘ layer to 90%. You have something like this.

Now duplicate this layer, by hitting Ctrl+J and using ‘Move Tool‘ (V) place this duplicate copy near bottom of the poster. Mine wanted poster looks like this.

Now, next step.

 

Creating the wanted guy’s sketch

Now it’s time to add the photo of the guy responsible for the crime of creating a tutorial ‘How to make your own wanted poster‘ (or whatever) , ME. I am using my-pic.jpg. Select the top layer ‘Lines copy‘ and drag your pic from your folder in your photoshop file. Or right click on your pic, choose ‘Open with Adobe Photoshop‘. Once the image is open in Photoshop, hit Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+W. This will select all, copy all and then close the opened pic. So you will be back in your wanted poster PSD file. Hit Ctrl+V to paste the copied image. Name this layer as ‘Pic‘.

I didn’t had a pic with a hat on, so created one and used here.

While layer ‘Pic‘ is selected, select ‘Magic Wand Tool‘ by hitting W and keep its tolerance ‘2‘.

Click anywhere on white portion of ‘Pic‘. ‘Magic Wand Tool‘ will automatically select all the white area. You could also do this by using ‘Lasso Tool‘, there although you can control the precision more accurately but that would take more time as well. So, with white area selected, hit ‘DELETE‘. You have this

Well, my photograph was taken on a clean white background, so it didn’t take much to select the unwanted background and remove it. If your picture has a complicated background, you will need to raise the tolerance level of ‘Magic Wand Tool’.. or you have to manually select out the face out of picture using Polygon Lasso tool (hit L). If possible, just take a new pic against a clean white wall, that will speed up your work.

While layer ‘Pic‘ is selected, go Filter–>Artistic–>Poster Edges.. choose the values as shown in the image below and hit OK.

Your image looks like

Now, change the opacity of this ‘Pic‘ layer to 70% and blending mode to ‘Linear Burn‘.

Got to Filter–>Distort–Diffuse Glow.., choose values as shown in image below. Hit OK.

Your image would look something like this.

But our poster is from very old era of Wild West, Color printers weren’t invented back then. So let’s get rid of the color by desaturating ‘pic’ layer. Hit Ctrl+Shift+U or go Image–>Adjustments–>Desaturate Whola..

Last touches to image. Double click on ‘Pic‘ layer to open layer style windw. Give it ‘Inner Glow‘ with values as shown in image :

Select ‘Blur Tool‘ from tools and set its values as shown in image below.

Carefully blur the sharp edges of ‘Pic’ layer. Just one circular motion around ‘Pic’ layer.

This is fine old looking effect. But I went a bit further and reduced the ‘Fill’ of ‘Pic’ layer to 80%

In old time printing presses (if they had any) could not print sketches in multi tones i.e. they didn’t had much shading as only 1 or 2 ink colors were used. So let’s get rid of midtones of this image. Select ‘Dodge Tool‘ by hitting ‘O‘ on keyboard and use setting as shown in the image.

Move this ‘Dodge Tool‘ once around the midtones (not-too-bright+not-too-dark areas) of face. Once my mid-tones are nicely done, I will change ‘Dodge Tool‘ setting to ‘Shadows‘ (this will affect the darkest areas of the image now) as shown in image, and lighten the hat a bit.

Hence I got :

Now, while this ‘Pic‘ layer is selected, hit Ctrl+J. This will create a duplicate copy of this layer on top of it. Go to Filter–>Artistic–>Sponge and use the settings as shown in the image below, hit OK.

When we copied layer ‘Pic‘, its layer style was also copied with it. We don’t need ‘Layer Style‘ of this ‘Pic copy’ layer, so delete it . Drag ‘Layer Styles‘ to ‘Delete’ trash-can of just un-select it. Change the blending mode of this duplicate ‘Pic copy‘ layer to ‘Color Burn‘, reduce ‘Master Opacity‘ to 70% and Fill to 65%.

Now Select original ‘Pic‘ layer, reduce the ‘Master Opacity‘ of ‘Pic‘ layer to 50% and ‘Fill‘ to 60%

So final image looks like this :

Our layer structure should look like this so far:

‘Nailing’ the poster to the wall

Now we will create nails on the poster. They are very easy  to create. Select the layer ‘Lines copy‘ and create a new layer on the top of it. Name this layer ‘Nail‘. Select ‘Elliptical Marquee Tool‘. If you click on ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool‘ and hold the left mouse key there, you will see option for selecting ‘Elliptical Marquee Tool‘.

Draw one elliptical (keep it to close to circular but not exact circle) shape with ‘Elliptical Marquee Tool‘ near one corner of the poster. While area selection is active, select ‘Gradient Tool‘ from tool by hitting G on keyboard. This gradient values must be as shown in image below. Colors for gradient are #3b3b3b and #bababa

Stretch a diagonal line in selected elliptical/circular area, diagonal but not all the way :

This will create something like this. It’s our first nail:

Deselect the area. Double click on ‘Nail‘ layer and give it ‘Drop Shadow‘, ‘Bevel and Emboss‘ and ‘Color Overlay‘ as shown in images below.

Change the blending mode of ‘Nail‘ layer to ‘Linear Light

This will get you this nail on wanted poster :

Either duplicate this ‘Nail‘ layer 3 times and place other nails at rest of the poster corners or follow the same steps to create rest of the nails. I created them from scratch, made 3 moe layers ‘Nail2‘Nail3′ and ‘Nail4′, to make them a little different from each other..just to look real, just a little different.

So finally our western wanted poster and hence the tutorial ‘How to make your own wanted poster‘ is ‘nailed’ :

Some finishing touches

Now final touch up is giving the background and the poster a common gradient, which will gel them together visually to sell the effect.

Now on final step, adding a common gradient , select the layer below ‘Pic‘ layer which is ‘Nail4′ layer:

and create a new layer on the top of it. Name this layer ‘Gradient‘. At this moment your foreground color should be #2553a8. Select ‘Gradient Tool‘ from tools by hitting G on keyboard. Values on gradient should be as shown in the image below. Your gradient preset is ‘Foreground to Transparent‘, gradient is ‘Radial‘ and ‘Reverse‘ as shown in the image

While ‘Gradient’ layer is selected, draw a diagonal line from left top corner to right bottom corner of the poster, but not all the way to corner…say just till 75% of total diagonal length. Your layer would look like this

So your layer structure at this moment should look like this .

Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘Overlay‘ and opacity to’75%‘.

So here’s your final wanted dead or alive poster from wild west. :)

make your own wanted poster

If you liked my ‘How to make your own wanted poster’ tutorial, please share it on facebook, tweet it, recommend it. I will appreciate your support. You can download the editable wanted poster template or blank wanted poster PSD below. I have also provided one bonus Wanted Poster Template for your use.

Usuage: These are FREE templates and you can use them for any personal or commercial purpose, just keep the link to PhotoshopYogi.com in the bottom intact.

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'Photoshop Yogi' is a pseudonym developed by Satinder, a graphic and web designer/developer from Canada. He loves creativity and enjoys experimenting with various tools and techniques in both print and web. He has been working for web/graphic design industry for almost a decade now. Apart from graphics and web, photography and film making are his passions. So far he has written 5 articles on his design blog.

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