Lesson 10

In this lesson you learn about Horror Movie Posters.

In addition, you will participate in a Photoshop skill sessions designed to improve your command of visual language.

We are learning about visual language because it makes us more efficient communicators.


Success Criteria:

By the end of this lesson, you will have a consolidated understanding of the process for developing promotional posters.

You will also have greater confidence with using Adobe Photoshop.

Your responses to questions should be complete and uploaded to OneDrive with the link shared with your teacher.



“The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deception. What is known is not necessarily what is believed, what is shown is not necessarily what is seen, and what is said is not necessarily what is heard”.Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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When you see this icon with the question mark a response from you is required. These responses need to be uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

Horror Movie Posters

Horror movie posters are designed to intrigue an audience.  They do this by appealing to certain aspects of our imagination.  When designing a horror movie poster, consider the following as a guide.  Good promotional posters:

1. Grab Attention
A good poster will jump off the wall and command attention. Sometimes this is shock appeal, or maybe through the use of color.

2. Iconography
A technique where the poster features a close-up of a certain aspect/concept in the movie

3. Interest
Create an incentive to see the film

4. Appeal
Create desire with fans and non-fans alike.

5. Style

A look that’s consistent with the film.

6. Lasting Appeal

 A look that uses classic design elements.

Look at the examples below and answer the questions beneath.

Image copyright Universal Studios

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions – just your opinion.  Respond in dot form or full sentences.
Save your answers and upload them to your OneDrive. 

  • What was your initial reaction to each of  the posters?
  • Describe what you think is going on in the image’s. Be specific.
  • What is the message that the artist is conveying? Is this clear? Could it be improved?
  • How do you think these image’s were made?
  • What emotions do you think the images are trying to create?
  • What do you like/dislike about these images?
  • Explain what this collection says about the world we live in.
  • How does the text contribute to the meaning of the artwork? If we took the text out, does it change the meaning/purpose?
  • Do you think these artworks successfully create interest and intrigue into these movies? Why do you think this?

Photoshop Activity:
Create Movie Posters

Using Photoshop, or any other image editor you have access to, make your own movie posters for these images.
Consider the font, wording and placement of text elements.
Save your work and upload files to OneDrive.



Download these files to help with the lesson


 Our scary clown is back!! 

Use the images below to create a horror movie promotional posters.  Use the guides above to help formulate your design.

Also watch the video below to see a Photoshop tutorial on customizing your design.
Website like Dafont will also let you  download and install custom fonts.

Use the files below to create some custom posters.  Upload to OneDrive and Share!

Clown 1

Clown 2

Clown 3

Click on the blue download icon to open the resources in your browser.  Then right click on them and save them to your computer in the folder that you are keeping all of your work in.