I recently put together a little vintage style poster to let my friends know about a karting event I’m organising for my stag do. I know lots of my readers are also big fans of the retro style and I had loads of fun creating the design, so I thought I’d share the process as a tutorial to give an insight into the techniques used. We’ll use Photoshop to put together the poster layout with various textures and brushes, but also switch back and forth to Illustrator to create the typographic elements.

Retro style race poster

Here’s the little poster design I put together for my karting event. I initially had no plans of making it public, but I’m pretty proud of how it turned out and I know some of my readers will be interested in how to create the retro style. Before getting started, it’s worth gathering some inspiration from Google images for various retro and vintage race posters to pick out common styles.

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20 Comments

  1. I dont understand it clearly.
    CMD-Click the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection, then add this selection as a Layer Mask to the red banner layer. The Layer Mask might need inverting to produce a knock-out effect. The original text layer can now be deleted.

  2. Nice. I was going over the written instruction and when I got to creating the checker flag part, you side “Illustrator.” Although I am an Ai user, I will tackle this. I’ll just need to figure out where and how PS works.

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