Andrew On Yi Lai
Multimedia Educator

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster - Photoshop Tutorial

Technical Tutorial Published 8/5/15 Last updated on 3/2/20

Hello all!

Attached is a resource I use with my Year 7 and 8 ICT classes, also suitable for higher levels. The tutorial allows students to develop a range of Photoshop skills through remaking an existing Hollywood movie poster. I find that my students are particularly engaged with projects like this as they are familiar with the topic in this case "Guardians of the Galaxy". This tutorial is broken down into three key production phases including: background, images and text. It address skills like: deep etching, using the text tool, gradients, masking, free transform, groups, layering and blending modes. I also usually run a unit on design analysis before proceeding to practical tutorials. Students are also encouraged to create their own remakes or original posters after completing this tutorial. I have attached some student examples for your referral.

This Photoshop tutorial is at an intermediate level and requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop and is suited for both Adobe CS6 and CC. The images used here are only for educational purposes and have been edited to the point where it no longer resembles the original image. Image assets are attached as a zipped file.

I have developed a series of these tutorials over the year. I will be creating video tutorials for these projects as well in the near future. Would love to see you implement these into your own classes and would love to hear feedback on how it goes. Happy to create more if people find it useful!


Andrew Lai

  • Photoshop

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ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer

Adobe Photoshop CS6/CC

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Photoshop Tutorial PDF. 

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Tine De Cnodder

Posted on 7/7/20 4:54:19 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing this complete lesson plan. I will try it out myself first and then I will suggest it to my students next schoolyear! I will let you know the results!

Sarah Rajewski

Posted on 6/22/20 3:38:43 AM Permalink

Thanks! My students will love this.

Ferdinand Sorillano

Posted on 6/15/20 12:31:30 PM Permalink

​Thanks for your sharing Mr.Andrew Lai.Godbless u more

Aldo De la Fuente

Posted on 6/9/20 11:18:02 PM Permalink

Es un gran recurso, puede motivar mucho a los estudiantes.

Jude Latorre

Posted on 5/20/20 12:21:50 PM Permalink

This is effort-intensive but satisfying. It`s not only the practice of technical skills. Creativity is also emphasised by encouraging the re-imagining of the original poster. Thanks.

TV 511

Posted on 3/23/20 3:55:00 PM Permalink

Vinay Ahlawat

Posted on 3/10/20 10:49:25 AM Permalink

​Thank you Andrew On Yi Lai for sharing such an informative post. I have been myself a web designer and really appreciate the instructions you have shared. I have worked along multiple adode tool like Photoshop, AI (Adobe Illustrator), After Effects and others.

Getting your idea, and creatively into a master piece takes lots of patience and skills. This is very informing article I have got here. Great source of knowledge for ​web design. Very much appreciated.

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 8/31/19 8:20:29 PM Permalink

​Excellent Resources and Expertise shared

Cortez William

Posted on 5/18/19 3:25:30 PM Permalink

​Thanks Andrew for sharing your tutorial! It's interesting.

Mark Maya

Posted on 9/25/18 3:25:03 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing Andrew! This is a great tutorial.

Ammy Watson

Posted on 9/6/18 5:57:47 AM Permalink

Hey Andrew!

Great tutorial post, I have a little bit knowledge of Photoshop and is suited for both Adobe CS6 and CC. I am a learner of the Photoshop tools, I have no idea about adobe photoshop error 16, please help me.

Thanks for sharing Photoshop tutorial keep it up....

Michael Peterson

Posted on 8/2/18 8:37:24 AM Permalink

Thanks to your guardians. It's helped me a lot. Waiting for your another post.

Aditya Films Present

Posted on 5/29/18 6:17:01 AM Permalink


Bridgie Dunne

Posted on 4/27/18 4:56:39 AM Permalink

​This will be awesome for my class. Thankyou!

Sandra Geyer

Posted on 5/25/17 11:16:40 PM Permalink

​Thank you for posting this! I am having some of my more advanced students create the poster. The students that completed the poster said they thought it was "a lot of fun!"


siobhan o'keefe

Posted on 10/7/15 11:56:58 PM Permalink

Hi. Thanks for sharing. I would be interested in knowing what kind of concepts you address in your unit on design analysis. If you have something to share, I would be interested! Also, as this is a common requirement in design for film, you may want to consider pushing this tutorial into a greeking assignment (industry term for altering a copywritten image to the point that is can be considered cleared for use in media) I do a starbucks cup logo alteration in my class. One of the challenges I have encountered is finding a sliding scale roster of projects, as the skill level in my classes varies wildly; I will offer this and see where it fits in! thanks

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/9/15 2:13:29 AM Permalink

Thanks for your input Siobhan. My design analysis unit usually goes through basic Design Elements and Principles. I get my students to choose three existing posters from films they have enjoyed watching in the past. They will then write a design analysis for each based on the use of Typography, Layout, Colour, Scale of objects, Contrast, Symbolism and Target Audience. I get my students to choose from films they have watched in the past because I like to tie it in with the context of the story and probe the students to think how that influences the design of the poster. Hope this helps!

Marie Smith

Posted on 10/7/15 3:31:21 PM Permalink

Thank you for this great project. This is something my Adobe computer club can definitely do. I may also use this as a classroom assignment.

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/9/15 2:06:51 AM Permalink

Thank you Marie, i hope the students find it useful!

Darla Hueske

Posted on 10/7/15 1:30:15 PM Permalink

This is excellent. Thank you for all of your hard word on creating the step-by-step instructions. I will also use this for my photoshop class. Creating a movie poster is one of the first projects that I assign.

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/9/15 2:06:18 AM Permalink

Thanks Darla, I hope your class finds it fun!

Katrina Nicholson

Posted on 10/7/15 12:02:03 PM Permalink

Thanks , very detailed instructions.

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/9/15 2:04:48 AM Permalink

Thanks Katrina!

Scarlett Daugherty

Posted on 10/6/15 5:12:19 PM Permalink

I will definitely use this. Thanks for sharing. I may tweek it a bit by adding an InDesign part to it for them to develop their understanding of page layout with Photoshop. This will be for my 10th or 11th grade classes.

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/6/15 11:18:14 PM Permalink

Thanks Scarlett, hope your students enjoy the project!

Antoinette Martinez

Posted on 9/30/15 5:07:58 AM Permalink

Cannot wait to start with my students. They will love this!!!

Andrew Lai

Posted on 10/1/15 10:57:12 AM Permalink

Thanks Antoinette! Hope they will!

Christian Gutierrez

Posted on 9/22/15 3:20:23 PM Permalink

Great idea to engage students in photoshop Andrew.

Great resource


Andrew Lai

Posted on 9/25/15 12:27:49 PM Permalink

Thanks Christian, hope it helps!

Jenny Long

Posted on 9/17/15 6:14:56 PM Permalink

Thank you for this resource! I am really looking forward to using it with my 7th graders.

Andrew Lai

Posted on 9/18/15 11:06:56 AM Permalink

Thank you Jenny. Let me know how it goes!

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 9/6/15 12:53:46 AM Permalink

Thanks Andrew for the G of G Poster Project. I did this as my first project to introduce students to PS. They are loving it and getting a great understanding of the basics of PS. I allowed them to create the layout as they wanted so some did a more scaled version of the characters rather than full body images. Thanks again. Great Starter Project!

Andrew Lai

Posted on 9/6/15 11:00:07 PM Permalink

Thanks Brian. That's great to hear! I also get my students to write and screenshot their own progress as a literacy and additional ICT component.

ann carter

Posted on 8/29/15 11:34:26 PM Permalink

I can't wait to try this with my students this year. Thanks!

Andrew Lai

Posted on 8/30/15 11:02:46 AM Permalink

You are welcome! Enjoy!

laura nickerson

Posted on 8/23/15 11:26:32 PM Permalink

Thanks for a great resource!

Andrew Lai

Posted on 8/24/15 1:13:39 PM Permalink

You are welcome Laura, hope you find it useful.

David Sharpe

Posted on 8/15/15 5:17:21 PM Permalink

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/8/15 11:29:36 AM Permalink

Really cool idea to engage students in photoshop and the first steps of creativity in photoshop can't wait to use it. Great resource thanks

Andrew Lai

Posted on 8/8/15 11:46:08 AM Permalink

Thanks Bethany!

I hope your students enjoy the activity. Would love to hear how it goes!