How to make a movie poster with the XPPEN Artist Pro 16 (Gen 2) in Photoshop

A shot of the XPPEN artist pro 16 (gen 2) tablet on a wooden table with a poster on the screen
(Image credit: Future/Abi Le Guilcher)

Marketing and promotional material is one of the most vital elements for selling a movie. Film posters speak volumes – from setting the mood to establishing the theme, a poster is meant to pull you in and make you want to learn more from just a quick glance. So what better way to test your artistic skills than to try your hand at designing your very own?

Using the brand new XPPEN Artist Pro 16 (Gen 2) tablet, I challenged myself to take one of my favourite movies and design my own poster for it. This allowed me to test my graphic design skills and whilst trying something a bit different to my usual illustrative style. It also allowed me to fully utilise the hardware of the XPPEN Artist Pro 16 (Gen 2). I’ve been using this tablet for a few varying art projects recently (such as this rework of an older illustration) but graphic design was one avenue I hadn’t properly touched upon yet, and I wanted to see how it fared for work using the varying design tools in Photoshop. And it’s safe to say that, as expected from previous experience, the tablet didn’t disappoint. 

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Abi Le Guilcher
Ecommerce Writer

Abi Le Guilcher is Creative Bloq’s Ecommerce Writer. With a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design for Game and Film, Abi enjoys almost anything creative and will either be found crafting or gaming in her spare time. Her previous experience as a retail assistant at CeX means she has a wide range of knowledge in both technology and media and loves to keep up to date with the latest tech. Abi is an avid cosplayer and has most recently worked with PlayStation and Santa Monica Studio on a promotional campaign for the release of God of War Ragnarök.