With just a few short steps, I’ll show you how to make a flyer that really works using Adobe Photoshop. Even if you have little experience using Photoshop, this tutorial is easy to follow and will give you everything you need to know.
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Step 1. Getting started.
Create a new document. Set your parameters to 10″ x 7.5″ high. Double click the foreground color in the tool bar and change the color to black. Draw a rectangle from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
Step 2. Add an image.
Open the image you want to use by hitting Ctrl + A or going to Select > All. Copy and paste it into your document. It will automatically create a new layer containing the image. Move the image to the lower left corner.
Step 3. Blending techniques.
A few blending techniques will get rid of the busy background. Click on the image layer and set the Blending Mode to Linear Light and the Opacity to 75 percent.
Use the Eraser tool to remove any leftover imperfections, such as the light streaks at the top and the hard edges along the top of the image.
Select it in the toolbar or by hitting the E key. Choose a large, soft brush and move it along the edge of your image.
Step 4. Adding and blending the second image.
Add a second image by repeating Step 3. Move the image to the top right corner. Highlight this second image layer and set the blending mode to Linear Light. Keep the opacity at 100 percent.
The second image layer should sit beneath the first image layer in the Layers Panel.
Click on your eraser, choose a large soft brush and erase some of the left edge and the middle of the image.
Step 5. Adding text.
Use the Type tool to add text. Create four new layers – one for the date, one for the venue, one for Hartge and one for Gary. Arrange and adjust your font family, size, color and style as you like. Use the Move tool to arrange the text on the page.
Step 6. Using custom shapes.
Photoshop has great custom shapes, so you should use a few to finish the flyer. Pick a foreground color you like and add a new layer.
Select the custom shape tool on the tool bar or hit the U key. Pick a category and select a shape that strikes your fancy (I chose the fleur-de-lis from the Ornaments category).
While holding down your mouse button, drag it over your document to draw the shape. Hold down the shift key at the same time to constrain proportions.
Make another layer and add another shape (I added a music note from the Music category). Draw it down to the left of the date.
Step 7. Styling custom shapes.
Select the fleur-de-Lis layer. Set the blending mode to Luminosity and Opacity to 85 percent. Open the Layer Style panel by double clicking the layer.
Select Gradient Overlay and set the scale to 150 percent. Click the gradient color. Select the “foreground to transparent” preset. Adjust it to your liking. Select new to create a new gradient preset and add it to the preset category.
Repeat if you like for the second custom shape. Look over your flyer and make any necessary adjustments.
Was that easy or what?
Ta-da! You put together a flyer with two images, some text and a few custom shapes. Now you can export the document and select your preferred file type.
You can print at home by setting the image quality to 300 DPI, or send it to a commercial printer. If you choose to go this route, check with the printer for accepted file types.