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Poster Design: Experiment With Blending Modes in Adobe InDesign

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    • 1. Poster Design: Adding Blending Modes

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In this #tutorial, I'll take you through the steps on how to add a Halftone Color filter to you image in Adobe Photoshop, before bringing it into Adobe InDesign and added a colour blending mode to it.

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Hello! I'm Angelo.

I am a visual design instructor and freelance graphic designer based in Windsor, Ontario.

I have more than 15 years experience in the print and editorial design space. However, I also specialize in branding design.

I am eager to build an online learning platform here and share everything I have learned over my life with you.

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1. Poster Design: Adding Blending Modes: Hello and welcome to another designed tutorial. Today we're gonna be talking about poster design. I'm gonna take you through some steps on how to add blending modes to your posters. I'm gonna take you through a couple options that you could choose from in terms of which blending modes work best for your specific layout, your design. We're gonna be hopping back and forth from Photoshopped in design because I'm going to show you how to add a filter to your main image. Just add a little bit more depth to the overall outcome, as you could see on my screen here. So let's get started. As you could see on my screen, this is the finished product. I'm gonna take you through the steps on how to add a blending mode through it and then put your typography on top much like I did here. So the first step you want to do and I have mine here is picking. Nice image that will be the display are on your on your poster. Okay, so that's what I wanted. Teoh be here. It's for a you know, a fictional fashion show conference. This is the keynote speaker. So there's a couple things I want to do in this situation. You could do any other edits you want in terms of, you know, adding brightness. Contrast. Any other lighting edits for this purpose. Today I'm just taking you through a couple steps on how to de saturate the photo and then add a half tone color filter just to kind of give it a pixelated look. Okay, so let's do that first, open your image and then go to image adjustments, human saturation and basically all I wanna do. Here's take the saturation slider and slide it all the way to the left that will de saturate the entire photo. So in other words, it makes it black and white. You could just make it black and white on other options, going to image adjustments and then de saturate. Okay, so now that I have my photo de saturated, I'm just gonna go up to filter picks, elite color, half tone, and what I want to do here is these settings here, the Max radius. I usually leave it around eight, but that will be depending on the photo that you're using. I find anywhere from 5 to 10 to no more than 15 works best. So I'm gonna leave mine at eight. And then these channels here, basically, I'm just going to change all of them. I'm gonna 50 tab 50 tab 50. You can play around with those settings as well. Anywhere between 40 50 60 tryto for this specific photo, I found that 50 works the best, So I have a max rate is eight, and all four channels are set to 50. And I'm gonna hit, okay? And you'll see now that my image, if I zoom in a little bit now, has a cool, pixelated filter applied to it. Okay, So basically done here, any other edit you could do in terms of Like I said, you can go to edit image adjustments and then play around with any of the other you know, exposure and things like that. But I'm happy with how this is now, and I'm just gonna go to file save as it's gonna rename it something else. Believe it in that folder, and I'll call it, uh, portrait pixel. Heat it. Okay, good. So save. Okay. And now we're done here in photo shop. Just gonna minimize that. Go back to in design. And by the way, that filter option is just a It's just a option. You don't have to do that. I just found that in this case, it looks a lot better than just leaving it flat. And, uh, you know, normal. But in which case, you can actually just try it out and see what works best for you. So I'm just gonna delete this. This is the finished product. I'm just working on an A four document, but posters, as you know, very inside. So you can, you know, make it 11 by 17 you can make it 18 by 24. But in this case, I'm just leaving it a a four. OK, letter sizes. Find two. That's more of a flyer. That works as well. So I'm not so much gonna focus on the typography aspect, but more so the the blending mode options that you can create here. So, basically, what I'm gonna do as a reference, I'm just gonna copy my image here and go ahead and paste it there, and I'm just gonna delete it, okay? I just need it for a reference point for my I do have four layers here. I'm gonna copy this layer, and I want it on the color overlay. Okay, So basically, I'm gonna playa color to this. Um, I'm gonna go to effects and change it to normal on 100%. Okay, So, basically, if you had just drawn out a rectangle frame tool shape, just click on it. Go to your swatches, make sure you're on the film mode here, and then pick a color that you want to apply the blending mood with your image. Okay, so in this case, I just picked a Pantone blue, and that's fine. Okay. And now I'm just gonna maybe you and Ault and copy that over, and I'm gonna take the fill off to none. So now it's just a regular picture frame and you can command D. You can also go to file place because we're placing a photo. OK, there's a lot of times when fear new to in design, you're going to go to file and open. That's not how you open images. So make sure you're clicked on the frame. Go to image, place or command control the make your weight to your file and there's the one that I've just edited. So there it is. I'm going to drag it over, actually. So this is on the same layer. So I needed to be on Cut it. I guess I could just drag it. That's OK. Okay, So now, as you could see, these are in two separate layers. I'm just gonna drag my image right over the box. The frame with the color fill. Okay. And just as a reference point for you, you don't have to make these things photo black and white or G saturated. I just found it worked best in the example that I'm showing you here. I want those black and white pixels to blend into a blending mode such as the one I'm about to show you. So I'm gonna click my image here, go to my effects panel. Okay. If you don't have effects, just go up the window and then there it is right there. Effects. Make sure that Make sure you always have that panel open. It's one that's commonly used in design. So I have my image selected Click Normal appear. It doesn't really specify that these air blending modes, so it's just a drop down But if you have her over it, it does say, blending mode. So go ahead and click that. And I found that these first group here are the best blending modes that work in in design , so I usually always start with multiply, overlay and screen. Okay, you'll find that the result of thes three tech usually typically work the best. So let's start with multiply. Okay, so you could see that's not the the the over sorry, the blending mode that I used in this case. But that works right. It's all dependent on what you like, So I'm gonna click that again, go back to effects and try screen that works as well. You can see there's not much color to it now. It's almost screened through, and it's a lot lighter. And that's what these, these this group of blending Moz do. So I find that I found that the best blending mode that works in my case here's overlay gay . I still get enough color, and I can see my a main image. If I zoom in real tight, you could see I still have that pixelated look, a swell, which is really cool. So now that you have that at this point. What I would do is go ahead and lock those two layers image, color overlay. And I had a background on this one, so you could lock that to a swell. And then basically, you're on your way to start adding your typography, so I could just copy this stuff here. Command C command V, and just to give you a heads up of what I did here, let me on a group that for a second. Usually when I'm cutting words in in any poster design, I do it in an illustrator because you have the option to mask text where in in design, you don't really have that luxury. So if you were gonna masked text like a dead here, um, you know, cut off a piece of a letter, then continue it on on the other side, you must have to cheat a little bit. So here's I wanted the word fashion to be split up, so I created a text boxes as fashion. I ever so slightly had the s come out of the border there. And then I just created another text frame and matched it to the white color that I have there, my background okay and that you know, it's a way of cheating the mask a little bit, but it still gets the result done. But I usually would do this in in Illustrator, and then maybe copy that text over. Do the whole thing an illustrator. But because this is an in design tutorial, this is a way of doing that and then playing around with your typography as well. Make sure that when you're working and you're putting in your type that you always are, have your guides create a guide grid system to help you. You know, line up your tax and anchor things. So what I would do is go to create guides. Leo. Create guy. It's and then set your rose and calm specific to your your dimensions. So if it's a landscape document, your grid might be different than if you were working on a portrait like I am here poster design. Okay, so that would be it. That's how you had blending modes and apply a filter in photo shop, and you get this result here, and that's it. That's today's tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it and, uh, have a great day. We'll talk to you soon. Bye now