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'Instruments of Evil' B-movie Poster

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By Huwman   |   
Published: February 24, 2016
© 2016 - 2020 Huwman
Digital painting is not really my "thing" but, for better or worse, here is the poster for our movie, "Instruments of Evil". This low-budget, cheesy fantasy/horror/comedy will be in (very) limited theatrical release and available on DVD within the next few months. If you would like to learn more, please "like" our facebook page:  www.facebook.com/instrumentsof…

Painted in Photoshop over traditional pencils, which can be seen here: huwman.deviantart.com/art/Roug…

Thank you for looking!
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ReinelArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Cool. Dig the title text a lot. I always like seeing folds and creases on 'aged' stuff. 
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Thanks a lot!
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naha-defHobbyist Artist
I think you did a pretty good job with this.  It doesn't feel particularly digital, except in the textures on the borders (I do something similar at times, so it's easier to spot). You should feel pretty good about how well you managed to approximate things.
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Thanks! So, just to be clear, when you say "borders", do you mean the edge of the yellow area with the main title, or the old paper border around the whole poster?
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naha-defHobbyist Artist
The paper effect.  I think that's really hard to do digitally without simply photographing old paper and layering it in.  Another trick is using the Photoshop "match colour" adjustment to layer a town on the whole of the pages colour to make the main image match the tone of the 'paper.'

It's not something to worry about over all.  It would take a very anal retentive person like myself to even notice ;) 
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Heh, heh. That is actually just the back of an old punk rock poster of mine from the '80s, scanned and put on a "multiply" layer. I am much too lazy to create those effects any other way. Maybe the reason that effect looks painted in places (which I think is what you're saying) is I did not close the lid of the scanner tightly because that flattened out the folds, etc., too much, so some areas are slightly raised up from the glass which makes them a little out of focus. Maybe that makes it look airbrushed? But it is really just an actual old, folded, ripped piece of paper.
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naha-defHobbyist Artist
Yeah, probably a photo of it instead of a scan would make a difference, but really, it's not a big deal.  Good work!
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HuwmanProfessional
Thanks. I think I will also release a "clean" version without the aging and distressing.
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ReinelArtProfessional Traditional Artist
When I'm doing grindhouse or exploitation movie type posters, one of my little tricks is to keep duplicating layers of the 'aged' effect, multiplying 'em at different percentages on top of each other, with different level and color adjustments for each until I achieve a truly fucked up look. Then I'll go in with the dodge and burn tools and sharpen or blow out and blur details to give it an overall photographic effect. Sometimes it takes a while, other times the magic happens right away.
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Yes, absolutely right. Setting some layers to "multiply",  some to "lighten", and some to "darken", and then adjusting them individually, allows you to do almost anything. I also often go in and cheat a bit by gently masking out most of the aging on places I don't want to mess up too much, like faces, etc. Distressing stuff is really fun!
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Maestro74Student Traditional Artist
cool stuff :)
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HuwmanProfessional
Thank you!
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HuwmanProfessional
Thanks a lot!
TimTheScarecrow's avatar
awesome! be sure to let us know when that DVD is a purchasable thing!
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Thank you! Yes, you won't be able to shut me up about it once it's available. The Facebook page is probably the best way to get updates, but I'll likely be blabbing about it on here, too!
TimTheScarecrow's avatar
Yuss! Ive been thinking bout turning my eyecat shirt into a back patch for a jacket cuz its getting a little slim on me. Hopefully ill be able to have a nice B-Movie to show people when they ask about the patch.
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We are hoping to have DVDs available in July and we will be telling everyone, for sure!
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Crazy-LunaProfessional General Artist
It looks great! I can't wait to see the finalized movies.
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Thanks! It's kind of a secret so keep it quiet, but it looks like the screening will be at the Broadway 9:00pm, Saturday, July 23rd. We should have DVDs available by then, too.
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Wonderfully trashy.  Feels very authentic too.  I'm pretty sure I remember seeing box art very, very similar to this on the VHS-filled shelves of a sleazy local video store a long, long time ago.
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Thanks a lot. Strangely enough "trashy" and "sleazy" are the perfect compliments in this case!
ElectricGecko's avatar
Which is why I felt free tossing around those words.
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Context is everything. Now if I told my wife that's how she looked ... :O
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