Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Punk Rock Poster

poster tutorial

 

Need a poster for a gig?

Never fear, a D.I.Y. poster tutorial is here! Having a captivating image can help people notice your show. You can share it online. Adding a visual element to social shares is proven to attract more attention than social media posts with no images. The old school method of printing off posters to hang in the bar or in a record store still works! Every gig you do should have some sort of poster. Here is how you can do it yourself!

Poster Tutorial

Here is a simple poster tutorial! In this video I show you how to make a quick and easy punk rock poster in Adobe Photoshop. I also used Adobe Illustrator to copy and paste in a feature image, but you could skip this step by just using File–Place in Photoshop. This is a simple technique that can be applied in various ways.

 

 

 

Below are the websites used and a step-by-step guide.

Websites used in Tutorial:

https://www.vecteezy.com/
http://www.dafont.com/
https://www.google.ca/

 

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Make a new file 8.5″ x 11″ (In Photoshop)
Step 2: Get Background Image (I search the keyword “Grunge”)
Step 3: Get Fonts (From http://www.dafont.com)
Step 4: Install Fonts (My computer– C: drive — windows — fonts. Drag new fonts into Font folder)
Step 5: Get Feature Image (From https://www.vecteezy.com/ or use a band photo, etc.)
Step 6: Paste or Place into Photoshop, change blending mode to Multiply
Step 7: Put in Info using the your fonts
Step 8: Center Image and Text (using align tool)
Step 9: Save!

 

Don’t Have Photoshop?

You could always go the old school approach. Drawing a poster with a marker, or literally cutting and pasting print letters and photos can give you a D.I.Y. punk look with no technical skills needed. All you need to do is bring your flyer to a local print centre and make black and white copies. See this blog post for some examples:
http://www.cvltnation.com/diy-dadaism-when-80s-punk-posters-and-flyers-ruled/

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 Punk Show

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a yearly art crawl in Toronto happening the first Saturday of October. This year, Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 happens on Saturday October 1st. Nuit Blanche Toronto is an all-night free event that starts at dusk on Saturday October 1st, and ends at dawn.

A large number of people will rush the downtown core and wander around. When you get sick of the crowds, or need a break from walking, come into the Hard Luck Bar near Dundas & Bathurst at 772a Dundas St W. for a Nuit Blanche punk show. The show will have Free entry with password: Nuit Blanche. Otherwise it’s a $5 cover. This is a 19+ event.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 Punk show

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 Punk show

This show features Toronto’s D.I.Y. punk scene in full force. Featuring bands:

Lauren Spike
Emerging from the punk scene of Toronto, Ontario, Lauren Spike came out with her debut EP “Devil Skull” in June 2015. Stand out tracks include “Devil’s Girl” and “Bloodsucker” which both have remarkable D.I.Y. videos on Youtube. Embodying the D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) punk spirit, Lauren Spike has toured Canada, including a notable performance at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 – Canada’s largest music festival. The music of Lauren Spike appeals to punk, rockabilly/psychobilly and rock fans alike.

Defile
Toronto Punk Rock

 

Spoiler
Spoiler is a melodic skate punk band from Toronto, Canada. Influenced by Fat Wreck Chords style bands. Energetic live performances will melt your face off.

Critical Hit

Three guys that met up in a legendary man cave, stacked high with piles of wood to fuel the fires and fully loaded with Doug’s revenge, started playing music together searching for the fast and upbeat grooves that will move your bod.

Johnny Nocash

Celtic Drunk Rock hailing from Canada

Bands will be playing late into the night to capture all of your Nuit Blanche downtime.

Set Times:
Johnny Nocash: 9:30 – 10:00
Critical Hit: 10:15 – 10:45
Spoiler: 11:00 – 11:30
Lauren Spike: 11:45 – 12:15
Defile: 12:30 – 1:00/1:15

D.I.Y. punk rock and indie artists have always gone hand in hand. Creating art and music for the underground. So whether you’re into Punk, Art, or just going out and having a good time. Come to the Hard Luck on Saturday October 1st to support Toronto’s punk scene. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favourite band, meet some friends, or discover a great new hang out.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748434405408808/

BlogTO: http://www.blogto.com/events/nuit-blanche-toronto-2016-punk-show/

Bandsintown link: http://www.bandsintown.com/event/12990184?artist=Lauren+Spike&came_from=127&fb_ref=Default

Now Toronto: https://nowtoronto.com/events/lauren-spike/