How to Create a Vintage-Looking Banner

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1. Get an image you like. I'll be using this Death Note picture:

2. Open up the image in Photoshop. [I use Photoshop elements to make my graphics so, I don't know if Elements have the same kind of stuff as the other kinds.]

3. Duplicate the background/image and go to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 3.0

4. Flatten the image. [Layer >> Flatten Image] Then, duplicate the background/image again and this time, go to Filter >> Sharpen >> Sharpen. And flatten the image again.

5. Create a new layer and fill the layer [with the paint bucket tool] with the color #496388. Set the layer to exclusion at 80%.

6. Create another new layer and fill it with the color #E0D285. Set the layer to darken at 80%.

7. Create ANOTHER new layer and fill it with the color #C889C4. Set the layer to saturation at 60%.

8. Then, duplicate your base/background and place it at the very top. Set it to soft light at 40%.

9. Create a new layer and set your color to #FFFFFF. Then, take the brush tool at the very top of screen, there should be an image of how thick the brush is ... or whatever. Click on it and scroll down til you see this:

Click on the 24x brush.

10. Take your brush and start scribbling a white [don't make it too big or too small] space at the bottom of your image.

11. Now, click on the text tool. For the banner I'm making, I used the font Georgia. You can select whatever font you like and choose whatever size you want it to be. Now, click anywhere on the white space and start typing your text.

12. And now, you're basically done! You can add more if you want your banner to be a bit more creative but that's up to you. Oh by the way, when you're done, flatten your image and remember to save!

Here's what mine looks like now:

[Banner will be submitted to this site, in case you didn't know : P]

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By XbreathlessWhispersX on Mar 30, 2009 12:12 pm

ah-mazing (:
thanks love.


By izzyy on Jun 18, 2008 6:28 pm

:D!! thanks so much.

death note rocks too, btw.

By xkrisxo on May 22, 2008 11:31 pm

The brushes I used in this tutorial are default brushes. For custom brushes, you can search some up on sites, such as : )

By cielxx on Jan 21, 2008 4:21 pm

where did you
get the brushes ?

By xiloveandax on Jan 21, 2008 2:44 pm

blackbeauty1: to input the number for the color just go Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color, press ok, copy the code from the tutorial & paste it where it says "#" on the bottom. & there you go! :)

By manny-the-dino on Jan 8, 2008 1:34 am

how do you input that number for the color?

By blackbeauty1 on Jan 7, 2008 11:08 pm

Wow! I will surely use this later on. ;D

By robinneboo on Jan 4, 2008 3:55 pm

amazingggggggggggggggggggggggg gggg

By turnupthevolume on Dec 23, 2007 5:51 pm

love death note!

By Piper06 on Dec 3, 2007 11:36 am
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Author cielxx View profile
Submitted on Nov 27, 2007
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Approved on Nov 28, 2007

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