Free Photoshop Sports Background Poster Tutorial

Free Photoshop Sports Background Poster Tutorial

August 22, 2019 4 By Peter Engel


Hi! Kim Kunkel here. Owner and designer over
EASYdigitals.com Photoshop backgrounds and templates for photographers. Today I’m going
to show you how to customize this jersey poster. So this is what it will look like when it’s
finished. When you start it’s going to look like this. I’m going to open it up and pull
up my player which I already have extracted from the background. And if you need instructions
on how to do that, I will add a couple of resources to the link in the blog post below
this. Let’s go ahead and get started with this. The first thing I’m going to cover is
the fonts. Let’s go ahead and select our type tool and come over to the word and I’m just
going to change it to something else. Then I’m going to resize it. It doesn’t necessarily
need to be resized but I want to show you how to do that for this. If I come and look
at the character you can see here that the tracking is set to 100, so you can adjust
this. I usually do it with my mouse. I select the words and then I come over here and I
just roll my mouse up and down and it changes so I can kind of see what I want to do. Also
all of this type is at a 50% opacity. So you can change the opacity of this. Up and down.
Again, I’m sliding back and forth this time to change it. And this is with Photoshop CC,
so if you have a different one you may need to change the opacity a little bit different.
Right now I’m using my mouse or you can just type in a number there. I’m going to change
this back to 50 because I like it there. The other thing you can do with the fonts is you
can change it to a different font. You can come up to any font, sometimes I just start
at the top and scroll through them. What you do is you select it and then if you press
ctrl h it will hide that thing that will show you what’s highlighted and then it makes it
easier to see. You come over here, select and then arrow down and you can see every
font that you have loaded. This is a great way to decide on a font. And you can change
it to anything that you have loaded into your computer. Now I’m going to change it back.
I have my history and I just click right here. My player is 82 so this will need to be changed
to 82. I’m just going to resize this. I’m pressing shift and I’m going to pull this
out. I want it to be a little bit bigger. Always remember to press enter. I want to
show you how to change the color. I select my type tool. Double click to select the type
and then you can click this box here and change it to any color and then you can increase
the opacity. I just wanted to make sure and cover how to change the color. Let’s go ahead
and look at these backgrounds. I want to show you what you can do with these. I’m going
to turn off the background that is currently on and I’m going to show you how to change
this gradient. You click the gradient and you double click in these squares to change
it to any color. Same thing over here. Change it to any color you want. And that’s how you
change that. Or you can use a solid color. You double click in the box and just change
it to whatever color you want. Let’s go back to this color. It has a hue saturation on
top of it. So we double click that and we can move this around and change it to whatever
color we want. Then you can also increase the saturation or decrease the saturation.
Let’s go ahead and pull our player in. I’m going to pull this off to the side and I’m
going to grab. You come up to where it says your player here. If that’s selected the layer
will go in the proper spot, otherwise you’ll have to move it. I’m going to grab this thumbnail
and bring it in. As long as you have auto select layer and show transform control selected
you are going to be able to drag this around as long as you can grab a hold of it. Let’s
go ahead and turn off the ball light right now. When you drag your player in, it may
be too large or too small and the way to resize it is to press shift and then resize it. If
for some reason you can’t see these handles, make sure that you have auto select layer
and show transform control on. If you still can’t see these handles, come up to view,
fit on screen, and then it should show you these handles. Let’s go ahead and undo that.
One thing you can do with this photo is you can add a hue saturation. Right click, create
clipping mask that will only effect the player. Sometimes these kind of shots like this look
good desaturated just a little bit. That’s totally up to your taste. It doesn’t look
right with the background right now because the background is pretty bright. It will just
depend on how bright your player is. For example, when I did this basketball player, I felt
that it was a little bit too bright so I desaturated that one. It just depends on the one you are
working with. Back to this one. Now that I have the player in I want to make some adjustments
here. I am going to move this where I want it and then I’m going to take down that saturation
a bit because it was a little too bright for my taste. Let’s do something fun with this
player. I’m going to go ahead and duplicate it by dragging it down here and then I’m going
to click on the mask and click apply, so now it doesn’t have a mask. Then I’m going to
come up to filter, blur, motion blur and I did this before so it’s already set up but
you can see a preview as long as this is check marked of how it’s going to look. You might
like just a little bit of a blur or you might like a lot of blur. Let’s say we just wanted
a big blur like the example that I had before. This is how that looks and then on top of
that it doesn’t have the blur right here so I would come in and click this again and it
will give me the exact same blur again so then it’s blurred even more. Then on top of
that you can come over to blur, just do Agassi in blur and just kind of make it a little
bit not so sharp. That’s one thing you can do. And then you can turn on or off this back
glow depending on how it looks with your photo. Now let’s turn back on the ball light. The
ball light has an inner glow which makes it just a little yellow so that’s totally up
to whether or not you would want to leave that on or whether you would want to use it
this at all, but it’s just here if you do want to use it. I’m going to turn this and
make it kind of going with the blur. Like that. Depending on your photo and if you use
this you can also resize it by pressing shift and making it bigger or smaller or you could
even blur it or you could do a motion blur. There’s a lot of things and you can just keep
playing with it. This poster is an 8 by 10 and 300 dpi, so you could definitely upsize
it and print it at a 16 by 20 or maybe even larger. Photoshop has some pretty good upsizing
capabilities. I just wanted to let you know everything that you could do with this poster.
I’m sure you can think of some things additionally that you could use. One idea I just had is
you could even put the original background in here and all this in between and just maybe
have the opacity a little bit lighter so that would be a fun one to play with. Lower the
opacity of the original background and have this going on. If you think you might want
to use this poster, you can go to the freebee area on EASYdigitals.com. If you liked this
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youtube channel. I hope you have a great day!