Movie Mashup Tutorial

The Movie Mashup is a fairly simple assignment, but how complicated you make is entirely up to you. You can go in whatever direction you want with this assignment. With mine, I went with the theme of our semester of ds106: spies. You’ll want to choose two movies that could fit together believably enough on one poster, but it could still be funny. The main example is Harry Potter and the Volturi (since Twilight and Harry Potter are somewhat similar). For mine, I made a mashup of The Bourne Identity and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This is the final mashup I made:

To me, spy movies like the Bourne movies and Jack Ryan all blend together and are kind of boring and bland, so I thought it would be funny and creative to mash them together, even the titles and tag lines. To start with, I looked at posters for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Bourne Identity that were similar enough that I could use them as a template. I started with this poster:

This isn’t the main poster for the film, but it’s one of them, and it was one of the easiest to make into a template. I knew I wanted to add other actors from the Bourne movies into some of the actors’ places on this poster to make the mashup, so I chose this one as the template. The next step for me was to look for another poster for the Bourne Identity that would give me a better feel for the tone of the movie that would carry into the poster design. I chose this one, because blue and gray are pretty dominant colors in the Bourne movie posters.

The next step was to find pictures of the actors in the movies that I wanted in the posters. I found red carpet pictures of Keira Knightly and Chris Pine (who are in Jack Ryan) and Matt Damon and Julia Stiles (who are in The Bourne Identity).

You can try other programs, but for assignments like this, Photoshop is the easiest, in my experience. It’s not cheap, but Adobe offers discounts for students, so their monthly price (at least as of when I’m writing this in 2017) for their Creative Cloud Photography package is around $10.00/month.

The first step for me was to start a new project in photoshop with a plain background.

After that, I started dragging in the pictures of the actors I meant to use into new layers and then dragging those selections into the plain background project.

The size of the pictures won’t be perfect at first. You’ll have plenty of time and room to keep adjusting.

After dragging in all 4 images, I adjusted the sizes so the pictures lined up and so each picture was roughly the same size.

Using the marquee rectangle tool, I colored the bottom part black. You can try using the fill paint bucket tool, but I had to use a black brush to avoid filling in parts that I didn’t want it to.

Using a soft brush with the opacity turned down a little, I dragged the brush across to kind of blend in the bottom black part where the text is going to go into the pictures so it doesn’t look quite so blocky.

Merge the layers/flatten the image so all the layers become one. Don’t do this until you’re sure you are done adjusting the sizes of pictures, and that goes for any Photoshop project. After that, choose the adjustment layer that says Black and White.

The next step for me was to give the image a blue tone. As well as matching the original posters, this makes it a lot easier to put the actors together on the same poster without the lighting or background of each picture becoming distracting. To do this, choose the adjustment layer that says Hue/Saturation. Make sure to check the box at the bottom of that window that says “colorize.” This means you can choose any tone, but I chose blue for mine.

After that, I adjusted the contrast and curves a little just to fine tune it.

Finally, I wanted to add the text to make it look like the original poster. I didn’t have the exact font from the Jack Ryan poster, but I found one close enough. The font I used for this is called Andale Mono.

The final step was to add the actors’ names at the top. To make things easier, I flattened the image again before this last step. Again, don’t do that unless you’re positive you don’t have anything left to adjust. The reason I flattened it was to avoid having 7 or so layers with different text in each one. And that’s it. You have your mash up movie poster. Your photoshop project will automatically want to save as a PSD (Photoshop Document), but you have to save it as another image type, like a JPEG, and it’s ready to upload.