Photoshop Tutorial: How to Recreate the GODFATHER Poster with your Own Text and Photo

October 9, 2019 0 By Peter Engel

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to quickly recreate the iconic, “Godfather” movie poster with your own text and person. I provided a template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is located in the video
description or project files. Before we start, I want to point out that
unless you already have the “Godfather” font installed on your computer,
the Photoshop file will appear with a different font.
However, I provided a link to the “Godfather” font, so you’ll be able to replace it with
what you have. It includes the original “Paramount Pictures presents” over the title…the hand logo… the title text, which you can customize, a rose image…the movie credits… and a black background. Keep in mind each one of these can be resized if you
choose to use a different aspect ratio for your poster. Open the photo of a
person you’d like to use. If it’s in color, desaturate it by
pressing Ctrl + Shift + U on a PC or Cmd + Shift + U on a Mac. Improve its overall brightness and contrast by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L to invoke “Auto-tone”. We need to make a
selection around the subject, so we can ultimately cut it out from its
background. There are many ways to do this and I covered them in my tutorials.
For this example, I’ll use the “Quick Selection Tool”.
I’ll use a size of 15 pixels. Depending on the size and
resolution of your photo, you may want to use a different size.
Make the “Hardness” 100%. Drag the tool over your subject to select it.
To remove areas of the selection, press and hold Alt or Opt and drag over it. To see it as a quickmask, press “Q” on your keyboard.
To paint over areas of the quickmask, open your brush tool,
choose a relatively small size and a Hardness of 0%.
Invert your foreground and background colors by pressing “X” on your keyboard. Now, paint over any empty areas around the subject and smooth out other areas.
When you’re done, press “Q” again to make the quickmask into
a selection Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the subject out from its background. To place it onto your poster, press “V” to open your move tool
and drag it up onto the tab of the poster.
Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release. To resize and angle your photo. press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform tool. To see the entire Transform on your screen, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a straight, double-arrow, press and hold Shift + Alt on a PC or Shift + Opt on a Mac. Then drag it in or out. To angle it, when you see a curved, double-arrow,
rotate it to an angle you like. Click on the photo to reposition it.
When you’re happy with the size, angle and position, press Enter or Return. Then, fit your document back on your screen. Go to Image, Adjustments and Threshold. I’ll leave the default Threshold level at a 128. For your photo, you may want to adjust
this number. I’d like to paint black over her clothing. If you want to paint over areas in your photo, open your Pencil tool
and choose a size that works for you. Keep the Hardness at 100%. Now, carefully paint over the area’s you
want to make black and make sure you keep areas that are
important to retain. To move the rose, click on its thumbnail
to make the layer active. Press “V” to open your Move tool and move it.
Use your Transform tool to resize it. We’re ready to replace the title with
your own text. Make “The Godfather” text layer active and open your “Horizontal Type Tool”.
I’m using a font called “Corleone”, which I provided for your convenience. Open the font link and click “Install”. Once you install the font, you won’t see it right away. Highlight the text and go to “Window” and “Character”. In the Character panel, click on the icon at the upper right
corner and click “Reset Character”. This automatically places the font in Photoshop, but you do need to manually replace the
text with the new font. Click on the color box…pick white and click OK.
Find it in your list of fonts, and then, click on it. Now, increase the size to 68 points. Type in whatever text you’d like. To slide the bottom line up,
highlight the line and in the “Leading” box, type in 60 points. Click on your Move tool
and close the text panels. To increase or decrease the size of this group, Shift-click on the top layer
to highlight all the layers between it and the active layer. Now, open your Transform tool, go to a corner… press and hold Shift, as you drag it out or in.
Click inside to reposition it. Have fun recreating the classic,
“Godfather” poster with your own text and person.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!