Create an Awesome Stylized Motivational Sports Poster

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to create a stylized motivational sports poster. We’ll create this composition by using only 4 images and we’ll work non-destructively by taking advantage of Smart Objects and Adjustment Layers to create the dark-grungy look.

The dark-grungy look we’re trying to achieve is similar to what you might of seen recently in Nike ads where the athletes are dark and desaturated.

The model featured in this tutorial is Lewis Howes, a former football player turned entrepreneur who many people know for his success with utilizing LinkedIn to grow his business from scratch and his book on LinkedIn.

Lewis also has a brand-new podcast, The School of Greatness, which has featured some amazing guests, including two of my all-time favorite authors, Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour-Workweek, and Robert Greene, author of Mastery.

Part Two here.

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very useful


Thank You!!


Thanks for this wonderful tut. I have a question: which font did you use. I love that fond, so far I have not been able to find it on the internet. Please, advise.


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Beaulah Gavell

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