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January 26, 2012

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer

Blissful Dreams Flyer

Hey people! This tutorial is about creating psychedelic trance music party flyers. I’m doing those from time to time. This is my last artwork I did for Earth Star. Below you’ll see 20 steps of how to do such design. Frankly this is a very brief tutorial, but I hope you’ll get the idea of how I did this design.

Stock you will need

I did not use much photo stock below are the only two images (you can click on a image to grab it):
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - Lotus flower stock
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - Snake skin

I’ve been also using a very cool brush set called “Good brush”. Even if you are not a digital painter I definitely recommend you to download these brushes.

Step 0 – concept

The name of the party is Blissful Dreams, so I came up with a mystic character dreaming of a world of waterfalls, mountains and trees.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - sketch

Step 1

This might surprise you but yes, I made a simple z-sphere model in Zbrush. You can find some tutorials on this subject on Youtube. Sure I could draw this character in Photoshop, but I always wanted to try 3D art and this was a chance I could not miss. Frankly I’m a novice in 3D but I hope this will change some day.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - ZSphere in Zbrush model

Step 2

Here is the detailed model. I was using very primitive sculpturing techniques – mostly regular, move and soften brushes in Zbrush. After I make the model I export it to .OBJ file.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - Zbrush character
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - Zbrush character
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - Zbrush characterStep 3

Here you can see the model imported in Photoshop and positioned the way I needed.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - 3D object in Photoshop

Step 4

This was the first time I was using Photoshop’s CS5 3D features. So I’ve added the snake skin to the character.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding texture to the 3D object in Photoshop

Step 5

I rasterized the 3D model so the computer can work faster. Next thing I did – changing the HUE (Cmd+U) and adjusted Levels (Cmd+L)

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - character HUE adjustment
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - character levels adjustment

Step 6

Made 2 more layers with light (both are clipping masks)

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding light to the character
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding light to the character

Step 7

The technique I used for the background is very simple. First fill a new layer with any color, double click on it and add gradient overlay with 4 swatches – black, purple, orange and pink. Right click on the effect name on the layer panel and click Create Layer. Merge the gradient layer onto the original. Select a simple round Brush (B) with opacity set to 20-30 and harness set to 0. Use this brush to create the drapery effect. Use Smudge Tool (L) to blur the background a bit.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - painting background

Step 8

Then I added some simple cloud-like shapes.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - painting clouds

Step 9

Copied and pasted the lotus photo. I usually use Pen Tool (P) to isolate the objects. Then I added some strokes under the flower in a new layer. I’ve used one of the brushes from Good brush set. Next thing I did is duplicated the strokes layer and used Radial Blur filter set to Zoom mode.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - lotus flower
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - lotus flower strokes
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - lotus flower outer glow

Step 10

The image seem a bit too desaturated so I’ve fixed the levels (Cmd+L).

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adjusting background levels

Step 11

I did not like the texture of the creature so I used the Smudge Tool (L) to make it more painted-like. Next thing was adding more light and reflexes to the creature in separate layers.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - changing the texture of the character
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding more light to the character
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding more light to the character

Step 12

Then I’ve added green color shadow over the flower and some cloudy fog over the creature.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - green shadow
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - white clouds

Step 13

With the help of a simple Brush (B) and Smudge Tool (L) I’ve added a simple idea of a landscape on a separate layer.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - simple idea of a landscape

Step 14

I painted the landscape with a transparent brush. I used the colors from the background so the landscape kind of merges into background.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - mountains
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - mountains and waterfalls
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - rocks

Step 15

Adding a shade under the landscape makes it to stand out a bit.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - landscapes shadow

Step 16

Here I’ve just added some lightning details to the spheres the creature holds in his hands and some light to the rocks.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - more white details

Step 17

Within the Good brush set there are some brushes to make the foliage and sparkles. This is how I’ve used ’em.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - more details
How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - more details

Step 18

As you might know I’m a big vector art fan so when it comes to ornaments I prefer using vector art software. These concentric elements will make a nice “magic” feel to the image. Some time ago I wrote a tutorial on creating such mandala-like compositions.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - vector ornaments

Step 19

I prefer keeping the pasted vector elements as smart objects so if I upsize them they are still high quality. You can easily change the color using layers effects – Color overlay and Opacity.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial - adding vector ornaments to the flyer

Step 20

The last step is adding text. This depends on how much information you need to put – what should stand out and what is less important. You can divide your text into logical groups and assign styles (colors, size, font face, letter spacing, etc) to them. I just won’t recommend you using more than two different fonts.

How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer tutorial -

It looks like the end

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4 Comments on “How to make a psychedelic trance party flyer

subusaba
October 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Great tutorial man !! keep it up!

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Andrei Verner
October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Thanks!) I surely will! :)

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Bhargav
July 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

hey where can i find such clouds, and how do you manage to use the smudge tool with such precision

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Andrei Verner
July 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hey! If you mean the clouds on the top of the flyer, I’ve simply painted ’em with a round brush tool with opacity set to 20-40%. And speaking of precision, it’s easy if you have a relatively big file (about 3000x4000px or more).

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