Creating A WWII Style Propaganda Poster

I was going through some old World War Two Propaganda Posters and I found one I really liked. World War Two was one of the worst battles we have ever seen as a race, but I am not going to focus on that. I am going to focus on the forefathers of modern graphic design. Propaganda Posters were simple in design but held a powerful message. So let’s create one from my current obsession, World of Warcraft.

To begin open a document 1000×1500 and fill it with white.

Make a new layer and add a 50 border using your guides. Make a selection within the borders and fill the selection with #E2DBCB

Now we need to add four new guides. Set the left and right guides in 90 pixels from the 50 pixel border. Then set the new top guide 230 pixels from the top 50 pixel border. Then add a new bottom border 260 from the 50 pixel bottom border. Then make a selection within and fill it with #C8BEB4

Next download AllianceAsset here. Open this file in photoshop and using the pen tool cut out King Varian Wrynn. Then add him to our poster inside the darkest box. Align him to the bottom left of the box.

Since the colors of the time were somewhat subdue we are going to soften his color pallette useing a color overlay. Open your blending options and select color overlay. Then change the default color to #C8BEB4. Set the opacity to 25%. Your can do more or less if you like.

Now we are going to start adding the poster font. In your text pallette choose Arial as your font, set the style to Black (we did not go with arialblack as the font because it is has a slight italic style to it), set the size to 50, the leading to 45, and the color to #FFFFFF. Then type out “Land Sea Air” after each word hit enter to star a new line and make sure all the letters are capitalised. Once you have it all typed out set the aligning to right and place the text next to his sword.

Make a new guide 25 pixels from the bottom of the small inner box. Continue using the same font and set up only this time make the size 35 and the color #403B35. Type out “PLEDGE FOR THE ULTIMATE VICTORY”.

Next add a guide 10 pixels below the text you just created. Set the font size to 18 and type out “DEATH KNIGHT”. Use the same color as the previous step. Then rotate the text 45°.

Copy this layer 8 additional times. Space out each copy 40 pixels to the right of the one before it. Then highlight the first copy of the text and type out “DRUID”.

Then “HUNTER”.

And “MAGE”.

Next “PALADIN”.

“PRIEST”

Followed by “SHAMAN”

Now “WARLOCK”.

And finally “WARRIOR”.

Now change the font size to 197, set the color to #A12B2B, and the text tracking to 10. Type out “GLORY” and place it at the top of the inner box.

Rasterize this layer then make a selection of the inner box. Now erase all of the parts of text outside the selection area.

Using the same color as before set the font size to 70, and the tracking to 2. Type out “FOR” and angle it 20°. Place it like below.

Now set the font size to 90, the color to #818F9A, the height to 125%. Then type “THE ALLAINCE”. Also angle it 20° and place it 5 pixels before the “FOR”

Next duplicate the “THE ALLIANCE text 5 times. each copy move one pixelto the right and down from the one above it. Merge all the copy layers and add a color overlay in color #3D444C.

Merge both parts of “THE ALLIANCE” together and set the opacity to 90%.

Now copy the inner box layer and move it to the top of the pallatte. Set the fill to 0% and add an Inner Stroke. Set the stroke to 3 pixel, centered, in color #403B35. Add all the layers between the Inner stroke and the first three boxes by highlighting the layers and hitting CTRL+G. Name the Group Alliance. And you are finished with the alliance side. Now let’s create the horde version.

Next download HordeAsset here. Open this file in photoshop and using the pen tool cut out Thrall. Make a new group and call it Horde. Then add him to our poster inside the darkest box. Align him to the bottom center of the box.

Open your blending options and select color overlay. Then change the default color to #C8BEB4. Set the opacity to 25%. Your can do more or less if you like.

Duplicate all the Alliance text layer and place them in the horde group. Hide all the layers except the “FOR” layer. Change the font to “GLORY”.

Now unhide the “PLEDGE FOR THE ULTIMATE VICTORY” and change the font to “BLOOD AND GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS”.

Then unhide all the classes.

Now change the font size to 197, set the color to #A12B2B, and the text tracking to 10. Type out “HORDE” and place it at the top of the inner box.

Rasterize this layer then make a selection of the inner box. Now erase all of the parts of text outside the selection area.

Now set the font size to 90, the color to #818F9A, the height to 125%. Then type “LOK’TAR OGAR”. Also angle it 20° and place it 5 pixels under the “GLORY”. Next duplicate the “LOK’TAR OGAR” text 5 times. each copy move one pixel to the right and down from the one above it. Merge all the copy layers and add a color overlay in color #3D444C.

Merge the “LOK’TAR OGAR” layers together and set the opacity to 90%.

And you are finished with your propaganda posters. What did you come up with? Send me a link and I will post your here for all to see.

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