How to Create a Poster: The Best Beginner Tutorials + Useful Tips

A selection of tutorials and tips on how to create a poster in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

Posters are everywhere. both in the physical and virtual worlds, whether you notice them or not! It is a traditionally accepted medium for conveying a message or information to the public. So, if made carefully and beautifully, those can be very useful in establishing contact between the brand and its audience. 

A few of the best softwares used to create and design logos, graphics, typography, and other complex illustrations, are Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. So, now let’s discuss some tutorials available online to teach you how to create a poster easily by using all three of these. 

So, let’s move forward!

1. Create a typographic poster in Adobe Illustrator
2. Create a movie poster in Adobe InDesign
3. How to create a poster for an event in Photoshop
4. Abstract Gradient Style Poster Design in Illustrator CC 2019
5. How to make a show poster in Adobe Illustrator
6. How to create a poster: tips for Illustrator


1. Create a typographic poster in Adobe Illustrator

A blog post tutorial by 99 Designs.

If you are a complete beginner, we would recommend you to start from the very basics of poster creation with Adobe Illustrator. This article thoroughly explains the whole process of creating a very basic typography poster. It starts from explaining how to set up the document, how to add text, how to set fancy arrows, shadow text effects, and curves on texts. Then it explains how to create under text ribbons and play with intents and invents, and finishes with the tips on how to add texture to the background. 

So, if you have no experience with Illustrator, you might take your first steps of creating a poster with an inspirational or funny quote by following this tutorial.


2. Create a movie poster in Adobe InDesign

If you are interested in making posters in Adobe InDesign, then you should definitely check out this tutorial. It’s crazy how in just 20 mins it shows how to create a movie poster. The tutorial starts from the very beginning, including even the technicalities of how to create the file.  You will learn how to play with the objects and will get some impressive tips and tricks on working in Adobe InDesign. At the end of the video, you will have insights not only on the images and objects in your poster but also about the text and colors. This will be very simple to understand even if you have no previous experience with InDesign.


3. How to create a poster for an event in Photoshop

Here is a very useful tutorial introduced by Design Cuts on Youtube on how to create an event poster in Adobe Photoshop. In less than 10 minutes this video tutorial shows how to create an awesome event poster using different paint textures. After watching this video you’ll think that all those hours spent trying to figure out how to make that event poster was pointless. All you had to do is to watch this video which lays out everything so perfectly for you that it seems like a piece of cake.


4. Abstract Gradient Style Poster Design in Illustrator CC 2019

Ram Art Creator is a graphic designer from India who has a Youtube channel where he shares helpful practical videos on Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, etc. This specific example here is on designing an abstract poster using Adobe Illustrator. The process starts from the very beginning: how to set up a new document. So, again, you can do it without any prior knowledge and skills.  The video does not contain audio guidance, but there are texts below on what you should press, etc. What is more, you can feel free to ask for help or for further explanation from the author. When going through the comment section we see he is being very responsive and helpful. So, feel free to ask. Overall, the process is very detailed. You will learn to work with shapes, colors, and typography.  

And also, we would recommend watching other videos available on his channel on similar topics to find working hacks for different art styles.


5. How to make a show poster in Adobe Illustrator

This funny article is a very useful guide for a complete beginner to learning how to make a show poster using Adobe Illustrator. It starts from the very beginning, showing how to download a legal version of an Illustrator. 

The course explains the whole process and teaches all the tools and techniques you will need to start the process. It starts with how to create a document, introduces the workspace, tools, and panels menus. Then it explains how to make shapes, change their colors, etc. It then acquaints you with alignment and grouping tools. Overall, you will learn how to work with objects and texts. In the end, it shows how to export the file in a print suitable format.


6. How to create a poster: tips for Illustrator

This is not a tutorial on how to use the Adobe software. It is rather a theoretical guide on how to create a poster. Watch this video and you will have a checklist of what to pay attention to when making your poster. 

Here is the checklist for you here: 

Concept: Think about the concept of your poster and you know what you are doing, even before touching your computer.
Theme: Take into account the typography,  color choices, the imagery, graphics, and how all of these elements interact together in your poster design.
Distance:  Make sure your final design is readable from a distance.
Space: Don’t include too many things in your design to avoid making it noisy. Leave some space for it to breathe.
Typography: Be mindful of how many fonts you are using and if those go with each other well.
Contrast: If you want to grab attention, add some contrast to your poster design.
Keep it simple: This pretty much speaks for itself. Don’t complicate things.


These are just some quick tutorials you can follow to easily create something similar. You can also read and watch all of it and experiment later. However, if you are interested in graphic design, then you should definitely go deeper into learning more and advancing your skills to free your creative mind.

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Lyudmil Enchev

Lyudmil is an avid movie fan which influences his passion for video editing. You will often see him making animations and video tutorials for GraphicMama. Lyudmil is also passionate for photography, video making, and writing scripts.

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