Make poster less flat looking?

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  1. dubnew macrumors newbie

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    Novice Here(term used lightly)

    Basically the poster is for a 1920's themed party on a boat. That's what I'm trying to convey.

    From looking at it briefly would you assume the above?

    I find the whole thing very flat looking, and tips or advice to remedy this?

    Thanks in advance,

    D
     

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  2. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, I think it is a good start. I can see what you mean in terms of it looking flat, you need something to make it pop. I think your use of colours could be contributing to the flat look.

    Instead of a flat grey background, what if you were to do a worn paper/old photograph, vintage wash type background? Then perhaps make the boat appear more b&w. Adding some golds and maybe a single splash of washed colour (maybe red). Generally, posters appeared aged in this era due to the quality of paper and ink.

    Here is a good example of what I am thinking:

    http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/d...to-create-a-retro-boxing-poster-in-photoshop/

    Some other techniques that could be beneficial:

    http://www.picturesocial.com/video/1483478:Video:93367

    http://gungurru.com/blog/tutorials/design-a-vintage-wwii-poster-a-photoshop-tutorial/

    Good examples of vintage typography. I would revisit your typography in your body, remove the ( - ) dashes for starters.

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/

    I think with some revisions, it will look great!

    Some further inspiration I pulled from Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dajw/395666364/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grainne_quinlan/3400469067/
     

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  3. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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  4. dubnew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WOW! Thanks a million for taking the time to get back to me! Everything you suggested makes complete sense!

    Thanks again, D
     
  5. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    Hey no worries, keep us posted on your revisions.

    Cheers,
     
  6. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    texture

    You need some textures, especially for vintage project like this. Search smashingmagazine.com for "Textures" and you will find some nice free ones. Or take some photos of them and use your own!
     
  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    My suggestions center around it looking, to me, like it was more turn-of the century or 'teens rather than 20s. The 20s, to me, always screams Art deco while your fonts and presentation with the nature-esque leaves/framing, seems like something you would see a decade or two earlier...even into the 1890s.

    The 1920s featured industrial-looking designs and curves were not widely used...almost always angles, like these items:

    [​IMG]


    I'm no designer, but if you want me to think 1920s, use Art Deco items/framing...your font choice is OK though. :D
     
  8. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    Post up your edits. Would like to see how it progresses :)
     
  9. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    I realize the titanic was black. And this event is at night. But more contrast between the ship and the sky might also help make the central image pop a bit.
     
  10. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Except that the image used is not the Titanic…
    ;)

    OP, as mstrze pointed out, you need more Art Deco.
    In fact, think SS Normandie and you'll be heading in the right direction. (Yes I know it was built 1930s, but…)
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Edit: I see you have been using the Normandie after all. ;)
    [​IMG]
     
  11. MichaelBarry macrumors member

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    my two contributions.

    exaggerated perspective - I mean the front of the boat.
    shadows - let the nose of the boat cast a 'shadow' on the background.
     
  12. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Did I say Titanic?

    I did say Titanic.

    Oopsie.

    Anyway, we look forward to seeing your final design. Good luck.
     
  13. dubnew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    Thanks for all the replies!

    Unfortunately I ran out of time on this little project (printers) so I didn't get to use the wealth of advise provided. However, the advice and pointers I did have time to use made a huge difference!

    Thanks again,

    Below went to print, not perfect! But it's only a small college thing!
     

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  14. KonichiJ macrumors newbie

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    Very nice! I was hoping you'd come back to post the progress....and it looks great!
     

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