Photoshop Tutorial: Constructivist Propaganda Poster

Posted Thursday, 15 January 2009 by David Oei and Carolyn Sullivan in Photoshop, Design, Inspiration
In the following tutorial David Oei and Carolyn Sullivan show us how they created their entry for the first round of the Crestock Photoshop Contest 2008 - a poster inspired by the Russian Constructivist movement

Immediately after we read the briefing for the project Carolyn and myself both thought of the Russian Constructivist movement as our creative jumping off point.

We refreshed ourselves with artists/designers Rodchenko and Lissitzky's work but wanted to add some contemporary elements, such some retro Lichtenstein feel. We wanted to end up with a Constructivist inspired poster with sharp visual movement and an easy-to-understand message.

We started with the main elements of the poster, side-by-side pictures of Obama and McCain. To get a neo/retro Lichtenstein style we processed the images with a combination of filters and image adjustments.

1. Using the pen tool, we outlined and erased background .

2. We wanted a higher contrast image so we posterized the image with the Poster Edges filter with minimal edge intensity.

3. To achieve the Lichetenstein-like style we used the Halftone Pattern Filter with high contrast and the smallest dot pattern available.

4. Next we used Hue and Saturation to colorize the image.

5. We repeated these steps with the McCain images; outline, posterize, halftone and color.

6. We processed the American Flag and Tank with the same methods. We then inverted the selection.

7. The crowd image was easy to extract from the provided art. We simply used the magic wand tool to select the first row of people.

8. We combined all of the images that we had processed into our Constructivist design layout.

9. We added the text.

10. We added a hand-made inner shadow and a stock image background design to give it a more gritty feel and also to add some depth to the poster. We multiplied each image on to the top of all of the layers.

The final result:

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change? hahahahaha
By Wake up! on Tuesday, 20 January 2009 2:01 AM
I agree, McCain "the same"...but so is Obama you fools. He is backed by the same special interest groups, the same CFR members that want to do away with our sovereignty and adopt a new world order. If Obama was all about change and all about the people, then why doesn't he side with the 80% of americans who aren't ok with the illegal immigration invasion, and the 90% of americans who weren't for the bailouts of the banks that funded Obama's campaign. This guy is all talk and no substance. More earmarks, more spending, more socialist views, more government, more bullsh@t. Wake up you sheeple. Just because it's cool to like a guy cuz he's black or because he gives good speeches, does not make hime any different than the rest of these puppets. It makes me sick to see the ignorance in this country.
By babyboy on Tuesday, 20 January 2009 4:58 PM
I think this is naggitive attack
ooo eee!
By amygdala_imagery on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 7:24 PM
man... you should just go crawl into a hole! truly, for you... there really is no point in engaging the world... so go where you need to to endure the heinousness of your life. in the mean time, i will hope you get feeling better! hang in there!
By zibex on Thursday, 22 January 2009 1:00 AM
Thys9F hi! nice site!
Politics hardly the point
By Annette on Thursday, 22 January 2009 12:45 PM
This is a microstock site and a design tutorial. If you two commenters above are truly concerned with politics - and making a change, shouldn't you be discussing this somewhere that's relevant?

To the designers - thank you for sharing your fascinating technique!
By AtomicBlue on Thursday, 22 January 2009 3:41 PM
I think this is naggitive attack [2]
love it!
By koncept on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 6:13 PM
awesome tutorial, and for hateful bull go to myspace. Noob
By Guest on Thursday, 5 February 2009 5:25 AM
Why a German Leopard 1 Tank?
WWII German Helmets? Useful design element! LOL
By Gene on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 6:41 AM
may as well have thrown in some WWII german helmets while you're at it LOL

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