Wild Western Poster in Pixelmator

In this Pixelmator tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a Wild Western “Wanted” poster,  how to mix different textures to reproduce aged paper and more.

Step 1

Create a new document in Pixelmator. For size I’m using 1350×1350 px.

 
Step 2

Now we are going to add a background texture. Go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose Tree photo.

 
Step 3

With the Rectangular Marquee Tool draw a selection. Create a new layer ( Layer > New Layer), then go to to Edit > Fill to fill the selection with a beige color.

Step 4

Take Polygonal Lasso Tool and make an irregularly shaped selection at the top edge of the paper’s background. Hit delete to remove the selected parts of the poster’s background. Do the same with the others edge of the paper. When we are done you should have the something like in picture below:

 
Step 5

Create a selection around the paper’s background by Edit > Load Selection. Take Brush Tool, choose colour a little bit darker than paper’s colour and draw some burns into the new layer. To make it more realistic go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian and set the Radius to 25 px. After that change Opacity to 50%.

 
Step 6

Now we are going to add some details. Go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose Hand picture, then put it on the upper left corner of the poster. After that duplicate Hand’s layer (Edit > Duplicate) and go to Edit > Flip Horizontal and put it on the right corner. Now denote both layers and merge them (Layer > Merge Layers).

 
Step 7

Now we are going to add text. The text color set to the dark brown, type the word “PROCLAMATION” using the font Baskerville, the typeface Bold and set the font size to 50. Do the same with other words, just using another settings. “UNION PACIFIC EXPRESS” font Baskerville, the typeface Bold, font size 30, “WANTED” font Baskerville, the typeface Bold, font size 100, “For Robbery of the Union Pacific Express” font Baskerville, the typeface Regular, font size 30, “THE WILD BUNCH GANG” font Baskerville, the typeface Bold and font size 50.

 
Step 8

Go to Layer > Convert into Pixels, then take Rectangular Marquee Tool and denote every word or phrase separately. First we denote “PROCLAMATION” Then go to Edit > Transform…  unmark Constrain proportions and transform the word. Do the same with the others words or phrases and when you did this you should have something like in picture below:

 
Step 9

Now go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose this photo. Transform it (Edit > Transform) as shown below. Then go to Image > Brightness and Contrast… and set Brightness to -10% and Contrast to 5%. Change Blending to Multiply.

 

Step 10

Take Type Tool and write “Sudance Kid, Tall Texan, Butch Cassidy, Newa Carver and Kid Curry”  font Baskerville, the typeface Regular, font size 25. “$ 10000 REWARD” font Baskerville, the typeface Bold, font size 100.

Step 11

Go to Layer > Convert into Pixels, take Rectangular Marquee Tool, then go to Edit > Transform and transform it as shown below.

 

Step 12

Now go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose Concrete Texture. Go to Edit > Transform and transform it as shown below, then click on Paper layer, go to Edit > Load Selection, after that choose Concrete Texture layer.

 

Step 13

Go to Edit > Invert Selection and with Eraser Tool erase it, go to Edit > Deselect All. After that change Blending to Overlay and Opacity to 80%.

 

Step 14

Now duplicate Concrete Texture layer (Edit > Duplicate), desaturate the layer (Image > Desaturate) to remove its colors. Go to Image > Invert Color, to invert the colors of the concrete texture layer. After that go to Image > Levels… and set Black to 70%, Gray to 85% and White to 100%. Now change Blending to Screen and Opacity to  70%.

 

Step 15

Go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose Texture picture. After that transform it (Edit > Transform…) to fit the poster’s background. Then change Blending to Multiply and Opacity to 30%.

 

Step 16

Now we are going to add buttons. Go to Layer > New Layer > Choose Picture… and choose Button, duplicate it three times (Edit > Duplicate) and put them on the corners of the paper. After that merge these layers (Layer > Merge Layers) and rename it to Buttons.

 

Step 17

Create a new layer (Layer > New Layer). Take Gradient Tool and fill the background with the yellow linear gradient. After that change Blending to Soft Light.

 
Final Result:
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