Step 14 Go to File > Place and bring in the image called jameswhite_flare.jpg into the Flares group. Give the new layer a Screen blending mode, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer in the Adjustments panel, and turn Colorize on. Now slide the Hue slider to 45 and the Saturation slider to 85. This should give the flare image a nice yellow tint.

Duplicate the layer a few times and disperse the results randomly around the top. Scale a couple to add depth.

Step 15 Create a new layer at the top of the layer stack and fill it with a medium brown. Set the layer’s blending mode to Soft Light and the opacity to 50%. This will alter all the colours at once and add a warm golden hue to the entire canvas. Experiment with a few different colours to see what looks best.

Step 16 I like to add text to my posters as I feel words provide an anchor to the design. You can add any text you like, but if you want to use my title, go to File > Place and select jameswhite_text.eps. Scale the word ‘Cosmique’ and centre it near the bottom of the design. Finally, add a Layer Mask to the Colour Spheres group and mask out the circles to bring out the model.

James White

Who: James White is a visual artist and designer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With 11 years’ experience, James has worked on an array of personal art projects, and Toyota, Nike, Google, VH1 and Wired magazine have been among his clients. He owns and runs Signalnoise Studio, specialising in all things colourful.
Software: Photoshop and Illustrator
Time to complete: 2 hours


Download the project files here.