I will admit while this poster looks like it took about 4 seconds to make, it actually was more of an involved effort than first appears…First I had to think of a movie. I looked through the past few year’s worth of Oscar winners and while I could think of a few sarcastic things to say, I wasn’t sure if I felt comfortable putting my snarky thoughts out on the blog. Next. I then looked up “top movie spoilers” and came upon this list. Many of them were either films I didn’t know or seemed too obscure for me to use, but one seemed to fit the bill: “The Sixth Sense”.
Next I had to find a good image of its movie poster. I wanted one with Bruce Willis on it, as my “truth” has to do with his character. More searching…and found this one:
Not great. I went to What the Font to try to find a suitable match. After inverting the image in Pixlr to make it easier to read, and then isolating one letter to see if that helped (like this): the closest font I came up with was Orion: Not bad. However, to actually be able to download Orion cost money, and when I tried to get it free from a website, the download prompted me to download some extra software so I bailed. So much for having spoiler text in the title font. How about the font below that says “Not Every Gift is a Blessing.”, however? That looked easy enough to replicate. I went to MS Word again and the closest font I came up with was Cambria. See the original and the fake below:
I used Power Point to create a black text box with my spoiler–that Bruce Willis’ character is just another ghost that the child sees. I made the font grey and used the shadow effect. From there, I used Pixlr to add a layer over the original poster and add my own tagline:
Not as earth shattering as I thought, but I did learn some new functionality in Pixlr- got to practice more with layers and used the “free transform” button to move the tagline down to the bottom of the poster: