Each year there are always a few amazing posters that don’t make the final top 30 not because they’re not well designed or the concept isn’t great, but because they wouldn’t look good or stand out on city walls when they get pasted up.
Designing your poster to stand out from surrounding street media and brick and other wall textures is what makes PP different to other poster design competitions.
To help you judge how your poster is going, we’ve put together a couple of photoshop documents that you can play with to judge for yourself how effective your design is.
To get started, download this ZIP file and follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Create Tiled Poster Image
First go and grab your poster (it should be A1 in size) and place it into the “PP_poster_tiled.psd” document.
Step 2: Flatten image & place the image
Once you’ve placed got your document looking like the one above, you’re going to want to flatten the image and then place it in the “PP_poster_example.PSD” document. This is pretty easy, but if you haven’t done it before, while in the “PP_poster_tiled.PSD” click LAYER > FLATTEN IMAGE. (This will make all your layers one image, so make sure they’re in the right position before you do it.) Then just use the Move Tool (V), to grab the image and place it into the “PP_poster_example.PSD” document.
Step 3: Chang layer order & transform perspective.
Now you just need to move the image below the other two layers in the document and use the Perspective Transform tool to make it fit a little nicer. Then you’ll be able to get a better idea of how your poster is working…on a street in Hong Kong.
Hope this helps!