What would happen if you decided to run for the highest office in the land for a day? What would it be like? How would you go about turning your friends and foes into (hopefully) awesome followers?
While I can’t quite answer all of those exciting questions for you, today I’m going to do my best to show you how you can be a boss for a day by showing you how to make your own Shepard Fairey Hope poster. Score!
Start off by choosing a photo of yourself in which you’re wearing an outfit that screams, “I’m awesome and smart and you’re going to think I am too” that you’d like to use for the poster. I used an ‘I mean business with a smile’ type of photo from our friends, the bosses of free stock photography, over at Pixabay:
Next, upload your photo into the BeFunky Photo Editor:
You’re going to want to change the photo to black and white so you can get the maximum color contrast in the next steps you’re going to take. Go to the Effect panel, click on Black & White, select Black & White 4 and move the sliders around to your liking.
Now you’re going to increase the intensity of the black and white effect. Go to Edit panel, click on Exposure, and move the sliders to your liking again, turning up the exposure just so.
Now it’s time to add the first layer of color to your poster. Go to the Effect panel, click on Pop Art, select Pop Art 12 and change the red color to the same red that’s in the Hope poster. I didn’t know what shade of red was used in the Hope poster, so I uploaded the Hope poster onto one of those websites that lets you know what hex colors are used in a photo. I found out that the shade of red used was #D71A21, so you’re going to enter that in the color number area and leave the other colors alone.
You don’t need four faces on the poster, so you’re going to keep the red face and get rid of the other ones. Go to the Edit panel, click on Crop, and position the crop box around the red face. Click the checkmark.
You should now have an isolated image of the red face. If you see places on your image where the Pop art effect left a hole, just go to the Touch Up panel, click on Clone and fill in the space.
In the Shepard Fairey Hope poster, the outline of President Obama is in blue, so you’re going to change the black outline in the image from black to blue. Go to the Edit panel, click on Tint, and change the second color to #00324D. Don’t get scared when the red turns to pink—you’re going to click on the first color box and change the pink back to the red color you had, which is #D71A21.
Now it’s time to add the bluish green color to the image. Go to the Edit panel, click on Background, and change the fill color to #7CA4AE.
While the Background window is still open, you’re going to click on the Paint tab and then hit the reverse button. Remove some of the red on the left side of the background and some of the red from the face, neck, and shirt areas.
You’re going to repeat the two steps above, but this time you’re going to change the background fill color to the cream color that is in the poster, which is #FCE4A8. Paint the cream color on top of the bluish green part of the face and then the neck while leaving bluish green edges around it. You’re going to want to paint the color onto the shirt, too.
Now it’s time to add the bluish green lines to the poster. In another browser tab, you’re going to open the BeFunky Photo Editor and upload your photo:
You’re going to repeat the Black & White and Exposure steps…
Then you’re going to go to the Effect panel, click on Line Artopia, and select Line Artopia 2. Change the color value to #7CA4AE and move the sliders around to your liking.
Save the image and go back to the other bowser tab where your image is still open. Head over to the Layer Manager panel, click on the Add Layer button, and add the image with the lines that you just saved. You’re going to resize it to fit the image on the screen and change the blend mode to darken.
You don’t want the lines on the red, bluish green, and blue areas of the image so you’re going to have to make a few more edits. Start off by going to the Edit panel, clicking on Cutout and the erase button, then select the Paint tool to paint over the areas you want to keep. You may have to do this a few times until you get the look you want.
Your image should look like this now:
Now it’s time to add an inspirational word to the poster. You can use “Hope” like in the Hope poster or you can use your own word. I decided to use the word “Dream.”
In order for your word to really stand out on the poster, you’re going to have to add a solid background to it. Go to the Graphics panel, click on Geometry, and select the gray rectangle. You’re going to resize it and change the color overlay to the same blue that is in the poster.
It’s time to add your word on top of the blue rectangle. Go to the Text panel, click on the Add Text button, and choose the font family, font size, and etc. you want to use. I read somewhere online that the font family Franklin Gothic was used in the poster, so I decided to use Franklin Gothic Heavy as well. I changed the font color to the bluish green that was used on the face made sure the outline box was changed to no outline.
You’re almost done. Now you just have to add a logo to your poster. Open a new browser tab and go to BeFunky Photo Editor. Upload your photo:
You’re going to want to use your photo as a blank canvas for you to create your logo on. Go to the Edit panel, click on Background, and click on the Transparent box under the Adjust tab.
The logo in the Hope poster is a circle with a graphic on top, so we’re going to create our circle first. Go to the Graphics panel, click on Geometry, and select the gray circle. Resize it and make sure you change the color of it to bluish green and move the intensity to 100.00.
You’re going to repeat the process above, but you’re going to make a smaller lighter colored circle and place it in the center of the other circle.
After that, you’re going to click the flatten layers button and select your logo with the Cutout tool. You should now have a bluish green circle with no center on a transparent background.
Since the graphic in the Hope poster was red and cream, you’re going to want to take whatever graphic you made and color it appropriately. I decided to do a red star with a cream colored star in the middle by going to the Graphics panel, clicking on Design Elements, and selecting the star. I then resized the star, made it red, and repeated the same process for the other star (but I made that one cream colored).
Crop your logo before you put it onto the poster. Go to the Edit panel, click on Crop, and move the crop box wherever you want to crop your logo.
Click the flatten layers button and save your logo. Now go back to the other browser tab where your other image has been waiting and add your logo with the Layer Manager. Place your logo in a similar spot to where the logo is placed on the Hope poster.
Flatten your layers and go to the Frames panel. Click on Border and change the outer color to none, the inner color to cream and move the sliders around. You should now have a border just like the one in the Hope poster.
You now have a completed Hope poster. Feel free to show it off to your friends and let them know who’s boss.
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