Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Custom, Corner Billboard from a Photo.

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Custom, Corner Billboard from a Photo.

August 10, 2019 55 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create your own
corner billboard! If you’d like to use this image by photographer, Rob deCaterino, I provided its link in my video’s description or project files. Before we begin, I want to point out that
the Vanishing Point feature, which we’ll be using in this tutorial, is available in versions CS2 and later. Open a photo that you’d like to place into
the billboard. I downloaded this one from Dreamstime.com. If you want to add text to your photo, open
your Type Tool and pick a font. I’m using Byrow. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link, as well. I’ll make its size approximately 50 points,
however, feel free to use whatever size you like. I’ll make its aliasing: Sharp and flush left alignment. Click the color box to open the color picker. Pick a color you like for your text. If you want to copy a color from your photo, just click on that area of the photo to copy its color. Then, click OK. Click on your photo and type out your text. If you want to adjust the space between all
your characters, highlight your text and press and hold Alt or Option + the left or right
arrow key on your keyboard. To adjust the space between just 2 characters,
click between those characters and repeat the step. To reposition it, open your Move Tool and move it. Make a composite snapshot of your visible image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select your composite snapshot and press Ctrl or Cmd + C to copy it to your clipboard. We’ll paste it into the billboard a little later. Open your billboard photo and click the New
Layer icon to make a new layer. Go to Filter and Vanishing Point. I did an in-depth tutorial on Vanishing Point,
so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its link in my video’s description. Zoom into the billboard by clicking the Zoom
Tool and dragging it over the billboard. Click the “Create Plane Tool”. Click the top, left corner of the left side
of the billboard and click the top point between the left and right sides. Click the bottom point between the left and
right sides and click the bottom left corner of the left side. The bounding box and grid of a perspective
plane is normally blue. If there’s a problem with the placement of
the corner nodes, the bounding box and grid turn either yellow or red. If you see either of these colors, move the
corner nodes until the bounding box and grid are blue. We can create an additional grid that shares
the same perspective of the first grid by going to the middle edge node and Ctrl-dragging
or Cmd-dragging it to the edge of the other side. If the newly-created plane doesn’t properly
line up with the image, drag the corner nodes until they do. You’ll notice that the only visible grid is
the last grid you created, however, the first plane is actually there; it’s just hidden. Now that we have the perspective grid on both
sides of the billboard, we can paste our photo into it. Press Ctrl or Cmd + V and drag it inside the grid. Immediately, our photo retains the same perspective
as our Vanishing Point grids. To reduce or enlarge our photo inside the grid, drag the inside image over until you see a corner. Click the Transform Tool, go to a corner and
when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Shift as you drag it in or out. Pressing Shift kept your aspect ratio as you
resized it. To reposition it, just drag it. When you’re happy with its size and position,
click OK. Notice your new billboard image is on its own layer. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click its thumbnail to make
a selection of its overall shape. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 1 pixel and click OK or press Enter or Return. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the active layer. Click the chain-link icon to unlink the layer
and the layer mask. Doing this allows us to resize and/or reposition either of them independently of the other. Click the thumbnail of the cutout billboard
to make it active and open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. At the top,
click the chain-link icon to link the Width and the Height. Now, whatever we type into one of them, will
be repeated in the other. Type in 101%. Then, press Enter or Return. This enlarged our billboard image just a bit
to ensure that it covers the original billboard under it. To make the billboard blend more into the
background, we’ll add a little grain it. Go to Filter, Noise and Add Noise. I’ll make the noise amount 3%, but you can
adjust the amount to what looks good to you. Make it Gaussian and Monochromatic. Because the billboard image is most likely
sharper than our background, we’ll slightly blur the billboard. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it: 0.3 pixels and click OK or press Enter or Return. The source of sunlight in this particular
background is originating from the left, so the shadows are being cast to the right. Therefore, I’ll make the billboard’s right
side a bit darker than its left. First, make a copy of the top layer and its layer mask. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the layer mask to
make a selection of its shape. Press “Q” to make the selection into a Quick Mask. Open your Pen Tool and click directly above
the top, middle corner to place an anchor point. Release your mouse or pen and click below
the bottom, middle corner. If you need to reposition the path, press
and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag the anchor point to relocate it. Release your mouse or pen and click below
the lower, right corner. Continue until you click back on the original,
top anchor point to close the path. Right-click directly on the path to open the
fly-out list and click “Make Selection”. Feather it 1 pixel and click OK. Press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the outside
of the selection with the quick mask. To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Press
“Q” to convert the Quick mask into a selection and invert the selection by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + Shift + I. Make sure your layer mask is active and press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the selection with black. Now, only the right side of your billboard
will be visible through the layer mask. Then, deselect it. Click the top layer thumbnail to make it active
and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click “Levels”. To restrict the adjustment layer to affect
just the one layer below it, we need to clip it to that layer. To do this, either click the Clipping Mask
icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Drag the Output highlight level to the left
approximately this much to darken it. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!