movie poster

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to merge two photos together to create a movie-like poster. Here’s the effect we will be creating:

movie poster

You’ll need:

Step 1

Open the couple photo in Photoshop.

movie poster couple

Now, open the boat photo.

 movie poster boat

With the Move Tool selected, drag the boat photo to the other picture’s tab and release the mouse button while holding Shift.

 movie poster move

Step 2

Now, let’s resize the boat picture to fit the bottom half of the couple photo. Select Edit > Free Transform and drag the handles of the image while holding Shift to maintain proportions.

 movie poster resize

We will now move the image downwards by dragging it. Press Return (for Mac) / Enter (for Windows) when you are done.

 movie poster reposition

Step 3

Let’s rename the background layer by holding down Option (for Mac) / Alt (for Windows) and double-clicking on the background layer in the Layers palette. This will rename the layer to Layer 0.

 movie poster rename

Step 4

We will now blend the two images together smoothly by using a layer mask. Select the boat layer and click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

 movie poster add layer mask

Now, select the Gradient Tool and click on the gradient preview bar in the options bar.

 movie poster gradient preview

Select the Black to White gradient.

 movie poster black to white gradient

Now, click near the top of the boat photo, hold Shift and drag a little bit downwards towards the boat.

 movie poster gradient tool

 movie poster gradient tool result

Step 5

Next, merge both layers by pressing Shift+Command+Option+E (for Mac) / Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E (for Windows).

 movie poster merge layers

We will now blend the two images more seamlessly together by adding a little noise. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the settings shown below. Keep the Amount of noise somewhere between 2 and 6, depending on your image.

 movie poster noise

Step 6

Now, let’s remove the original colors by adding a Black & White Adjustment Layer. In the Adjustments panel, click on the Black & White icon.

 movie poster black white icon

You can customize the adjustment layer by going to the Properties panel.

 movie poster black white adjustment

 movie poster black white adjustment result

Step 7

We will now add some color by adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. In the Adjustments panel, click on the Hue/Saturation icon.

 movie poster hue saturation

In the Properties panel, be sure to check the Colorize option and choose a color according to your liking. I used the settings shown below.

 movie poster hue saturation adjustment

Finally, change the layer blending mode of the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to Color.

 movie poster color

And we’re done!

 movie poster