How to Make a Smokin’ Nightclub FlyerResources November 28, 2011
Nightclub flyers are a staple of club events and parties. Like other promotional tools, they should provide the who, what, where and when of the event. But in addition to providing the essentials, nightclub flyers are supposed to be eye candy that attract guests and help whet their appetite for the upcoming party. With these pointers in mind, we tried our hand at designing a nightclub flyer. Check it out!
For this design, we used different shades of neon pink and violet on top of a black background.
We positioned the title of the event near the center of the print and made sure that it had a distinct font size and color.
We picked an illustration that gives a preview to the type of mood guests can expect during the event.
We’ve placed the sponsors at the bottom of the print. A few inches above them are the featured performers of the event.
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We’ll then add more color to the background. Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and name it “dots.” Select brush tool (B) and start putting big and small dots on the background. Make sure that you set the Hardness to 0 and Brush opacity from 10% to 40%. Use these colors for your brush: Violet=EA00FF/ Blue=004CBD
After combining the two layers, this is how it should look like.
Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and add a backlight by selecting brush tool. Use the same shade of Violet=EA00FF and set the opacity to 100. This time, set the Blending Mode to “Linear Dodge (Add).”
To make the light brighter, add a smaller white brush on top of the violet brush then set the Blending Mode to “Linear Dodge (Add)” Linear Dodge illuminates the base color and reflects the blend color.
Scatter the light more by repeating the process above. Try to experiment with different sizes and opacities. Afterwards, lower the saturation of the girl by -40 (Ctrl+U). This is what we came up with.
Open this image of abstract lights in Illustrator and paste it to your artwork in Photoshop. Paste (Ctrl+V) it and choose “Pixels.”
And now for the fun part! Add a light streak around the girl’s body. Create a new layer and name it “light streak.” Select Pen tool (P) and make sure you select this icon (refer to image below) on the upper left part of Photoshop.
Draw a swirly line around the girl’s body.
Select a white brush (B) [10 px; 0% hardness] with a 100% opacity. Right click and apply the setting below.
Again, select Pen tool, right click and click Stroke Path.
Paste the image to Photoshop and position the silhouettes just like in the image below. Name these layers “girl silhouette left” and “girl silhouette right.” Afterwards, select the two layers by clicking the second layer while holding “Ctrl.” Press Ctrl+[ several times until you’re above “dots” layer.
The initial design is finished. Now we’ll add some important information about the event.
Lower Kerning to -80.
Add some effects on the event title by double clicking that layer and following these settings.
And there ya have it!
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