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60+ Amazing Poster and Advertisement Tutorials

Everyone in the business world knows the importance of posters and ads in advertising for specific products. Posters are an integral part of advertising. An eye-catching, attractive poster that conveys a professional, compelling message about a product, service or event will invariably hold the user’s attention.

In this article, we have collected a mixture of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials related to posters and advertisements. You will find some are intermediate and some are very advanced, but they’ll all give you a lot of direction with photo composition, illustration, coloring processing, typography techniques, pen tool tricks, shapes processing and much more.

Poster Tutorials Link

Creating an Old-Collage Effect Poster1
This one’s a favorite because it helps you put images and text together really easily. In this tutorial, the artist puts together a poster that has a main photograph and a lot of text, giving it an old collage feel.


Create an Awesome Music Poster3
A comprehensive step-by-step tutorial that shows you a variety of techniques to create a beautiful music poster!


Create an Event Poster with C4D and Photoshop – PSD Plus Tutorial5
A very exciting tutorial: take a rendered scene, add props and then finalize it in Photoshop. Loads of great tips and techniques in this tutorial!


Create an Impactful Child Welfare Poster7
This tutorial teaches you some important techniques for creating high-impact images. Follow the steps to create your own high-impact child welfare poster.


Create a Pulsing Poster with a Vinyl Record and Grunge Type9
In this tutorial, the artist explains how to create a vinyl record with blends and opacity masks. He also creates some funky pulsing elements and grunge typography and combines it into a unique poster design.


Creating a Grunge Rock Poster11
In this tutorial, the artist shows you how to design a beautiful grunge rock poster!


How to Create an Ice-Cold Poster with 3-D Text13
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine stock images and 3-D text in a cool poster. The artist uses an icy theme and colors it in his own style. You’ll see it’s not that hard to create a simple, appealing poster that uses text and imagery effectively.


Create a Mock-Retro Poster Concept15
This tutorial teaches you how to design a mock-retro poster. Learn how to manipulate photos and achieve a grungy, textured look.


Gigposter Design the New Sex17
This tutorial requires no drawing talent, so don’t trip, folks. You will, however, need Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or higher and Illustrator CS2 or higher.


Awesome Colorful Poster Tutorial19
This tutorial shows you how to put really cool colors in your images. The artist creates a poster with a good mix of typography and strong colors. The mix of simple techniques and a lot of style brings your work to a new level. Follow the tutorial and have fun!.


War Movie Poster Effect21
In this tutorial, the artist shows some simple but efficient techniques that will help you make great movie posters.


Create and Then Shatter a Grid, While Making a Typographic Poster23
This is not a typical design. The artist “breaks the grid” in the hopes of achieving a dynamic and exciting layout. So, grab the usual tools of the trade, Photoshop and Illustrator, and follow these steps to create your own results.


Designing a Typographic Concept Poster25
In this tutorial, the artist takes you through a few steps to show you how he created a poster design.


Awesome Snowboard Poster27
Through this tutorial, the artist teaches you how to create this cool-looking poster design using some really simple techniques. You’ll learn how to use different types of brushes effectively and also stock images.


Create Powerball Effect for Movie Poster29
An incredible step-by-step tutorial on creating a powerball effect for movie posters.


Creating A Retro Grunge Poster
In this tutorial, the artist creates a retro/grunge-style poster using the pen tool, some textures and playing with the text to make it look more retro.

Design a Sin City Style Poster31
In this tutorial, the artist creates that Sin City effect in Photoshop, but using Illustrator to create the perspectives and text. He walk you through the process of creating the effect, but it’s always good to play around and test different settings on your own to see how it works.


Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements33
In this tutorial, the artist creates drawn elements with design brushes, brings them into Photoshop and then merges them into a unique poster composition that feels hand-made, stylistically unified and personalized. The techniques here focus on creating an original artistic illustration.


Create a ’60s Psychedelic Style Concert Poster35
Go through the steps of creating a retro 1960s psychedelic concert poster. This tutorial relies heavily on the warp tool but includes a few other techniques as well.


Create Sci-Fi Poster Art 37
Make art that’s out of this world with a clever use of blend modes and some of Photoshop’s lesser-known filters.


Create a Fun Halloween Vector Poster39
In this tutorial, the artist goes over how to create a dark graveyard scene with bats and a glowing moon. Let’s get in the spooky holiday spirit and have some fun making this Halloween poster design.


Design a High-Impact Gig Poster Suitable for Screen Printing41
In this one, the artist goes for a stylized and coarse effect, rather than a photo-realistic half-tone interpretation. This three-color design looks great on screen, printed from your home printer or screen-printed using the silk-screen printing method.


Create a Constructivist Inspired Poster43
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a poster design inspired by the art movement known as Russian Constructivism. The artist cuts up some images and pastes them together to create a stylized revolution.


Dirty Grunge Poster45
This tutorial shows you how to turn your images into a cool dirty-grunge design, which can be used for posters, prints, CD covers, etc.


How to Design a Rockin’ ’80s Party Poster47
In this tutorial, the artist shows you how to design a poster for an ’80s anthem party. He will create some textures for the background, manipulate a photo to give it some style and make color variations.


B-Movie Poster Art49
Prepare to shock! Terrify! Amaze! Mark Mayers demonstrates how to recreate the schlock B-movie posters from cinema’s golden age.


Create an Explosive Cover with Precise Photo Manipulation Techniques51
In this tutorial, the artist does a creative illustration in the style of a video game cover or sci-fi book cover. He does this mostly with photo manipulation techniques. With some cool Photoshop tools, you can turn any of your photos into a stunning, explosive cover.


Design a Vintage Car Poster with Grunge Texture, Font and Brush Set in Photoshop53
In this tutorial, the artist shows you the process involved in making an old-looking vintage-car poster with grunge textures and font and brush sets in Photoshop.


Create an Inspirational Vector Political Poster55
This tutorial is inspired by Sheppard Fairey’s famous political poster series for the Obama campaign in the US. The artist shows you how to create this style of design. He starts with basic image-editing techniques in Photoshop to get the guide layers set up, and then he jumps into Illustrator.


Create a Trendy Typographic Poster Design57
A step-by-step poster design for creative typography.


Design a Retro Summer Poster Illustration59
This tutorial covers some really cool illustration techniques, exploring Photoshop’s vector capabilities and playing around with textures and selection methods.


Reader Tutorial: Create a Cool Movie Poster in Photoshop61
In this tutorial, you learn a few good techniques and tips for color correction. Hopefully, this tutorial will benefit you in your pursuit of becoming a better designer.


Create a great retro-style movie poster63
In this tutorial, Sakke Soini guides you step by step through the process of creating this cool old-school sci-fi poster, based on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Create a Poster Illustration with Floating Floral Elements65
In this tutorial, the artist creates an interesting poster-sized illustration with floral elements.


UBL Tuts Tutorial
A step-by-step Photoshop tutorial on making a retro poster.

Love Poster67
This Adobe Photoshop CS3 tutorial shows you how to make a love-flavored poster.


WWII Airplane69
In this tutorial, the artist uses the noise and blur filters to create a brushed-metal effect, and then adds a few layer styles to create a cool little airplane graphic.


Create a Retro Style Poster with Shapes, Patterns, and Eagles71
Create a retro-style poster. Using the Pathfinder tools, learn how to create shapes by joining paths and applying graphic patterns. Also take advantage of the Appearance palette and have some fun applying multiple strokes to objects.


Meshing Boxing Gloves and Composing an Event Poster73
Create realistic-looking boxing gloves with the mesh tool and integrate them into an event poster. The explanation here is in depth, and you should already have a good understanding of the mesh tool


Create a Dark and Grungy Poster in Photoshop
Make the very dark and grungy poster you see below. This tutorial focuses on blending images together to achieve the desired effect.

Stencil poster effects in Photoshop75
Digital artist Ian Keltie shows how to combine elements in Photoshop and create a poster with stencilled art to promote your message.


X-Men movie poster77
In this tutorial, the artist shows you some cool tricks to do some awesome custom wallpaper and movie posters.


Earth Day. Green Planet79
Learn how to create a beautiful Earth Day, green planet poster in Photoshop.


Lord Of The Rings Poster81
An interesting and detailed tutorial on the Lord of the Rings poster


Step Up 2 Poster83
Make this poster in the style of Step Up 2.


Create Fantastic Abstract Poster Effects85
Make your mark with strong but simple shapes and bold read-my-lips colors. Danilo Rodrigues shows you how.


Poster From the Words87
Want to make your own cool musical poster? This artist teaches you how.


Create a Pop-Art-Style Poster with Urban City Background in Photoshop89
In this tutorial, the artist shows you the process he used to create this pop-art-style poster with an urban city background, using a combination of Photoshop filter effects.


Perform Laser Eye Surgery on a Photo with Photoshop91
Create an advertisement about LASIK laser eye surgery. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll manipulate a photo of an eye to create a LASIK flap and learn techniques for drawing transparent objects.


Create An Amazing Diamond Advertisement Poster in Photoshop93
In this tutorial, you will learn a few techniques that might be very useful to you and give you some great ideas when you create your own advertisements.


Creating a Shoe Advertisement Poster Using Floral Elements95
Create an advertisement poster for your own shoes. When working on an advertisement, you must pay attention to all of the details that the whole world will see.


Designing a Portable Gaming Device Poster10197
In this intermediate-level Photoshop tutorial, the artist walks through making a creative advertisement poster.


Fragmented Golden Phone99
A very detailed step-by-step tutorial.


Photoshop tutorial – G900
The artist here makes it as easy as possible to understand every step of this tutorial.

Designing a Portable Gaming Device Poster10197
In this intermediate-level Photoshop tutorial, the artist makes an interesting advertisement poster, which he says would be great for advertising your newest product or just getting some design practice.


Make a Turn-of-the-Century Vaudeville Poster103
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how create a turn-of-the-century vaudeville poster. This unique and appealing style of advertisement was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Design a Professional Laptop Advert105
This artist teaches you how to manually create your own vanishing points and how to use the technique to create an awesome screen explosion effect, something sure to dazzle your viewers!


Color Effects to Create a Stunning Print Advertisement107
In this tutorial, you’ll create a stunning print advertisement.


Professional Advertisement Poster109
This new tutorial shows you how to make a professional advertisement poster, based on color contrast.


Create an Amazing Ad in Photoshop111
Use some images and play with the blend and color adjustment modes to create a really cool Nike ad in Photoshop.


Photoshop Tutorial: Sweet Radio Station Advert Design
In this tutorial, the artist uses Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (version CS3) to create a beautiful radio station advertisement. He uses Illustrator to design just a few simple elements.


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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    Crazy selection! Thank you very much!

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    June 1, 2009 4:41 am

    Fantastic collection with amazing designs.
    Where do you get all this input from?

    Genius. Stay tuned for more happy days.

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    June 1, 2009 4:49 am

    Liking it, some inspiration in there. Thanks

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    Thanks for good collection

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    Johnson Koh

    June 1, 2009 5:01 am

    This is a huge and beautiful list. Thanks for including my tuts!

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    Great collection. On the War movie poster, shouldn’t it be spellbinding, not spellbiding?

  7. 7

    Nice Resource… Appreciate your effort… it’s a very refined collection of some of the best poster tutorials around !! Thanks for sharing.

    DKumar M.

  8. 8

    very good list…

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    June 1, 2009 5:25 am

    Great collection ! and many inspirations too ! thanks

  10. 10

    Fragmented Golden Phone is the best! Excellent idea and implementation!!

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    Very very cool, keep it up

  12. 12

    Some ok tutorials however alot of them are very disappointing, but if you learn one new technique then its a good post.

  13. 13

    Great collection

  14. 14

    Great selection, some top ideas to try, thanks Smashing Mag !!

  15. 15

    a bit crappy, but some posters are nice (and again: very much “post recycling”…)

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    Awesome collection, thanks for sharing! :)

  17. 17

    99% of what you posted sucks.

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    Wow, Impressive and revealing, great list! Poster making is something I really want to learn, so thanks for the tutorials..

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    David Koenig

    June 1, 2009 11:12 am

    List is mind blowing to say the least, could keep me busy for weeks checking all these out! Thank you kindly…

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    Why you never make the same tutorials with GIMP ?


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