How To...Make Your Own Propaganda Poster

How To...Make Your Own Propaganda Poster

Sonia Zjawinski
Oct 7, 2008

You may have noticed a few people in your life and on this site who own some version of the British World War II era "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster. Whether it be reprints, originals, or cheeky reimaginings, this damn slogan has been popping up all over the place -- search for the terms on Flickr and you'll find over 500 photos of the poster.

Well, now that we actually have a reason to keep calm and carry on (hello crash '08!) why not save a few bucks and make your own motivational poster. After the jump, we'll show you how to take advantage of Photoshop, free fonts, your printer, and some cheap frames to decorate your home with personal mottos like the one above...

First up, check out free font site DaFont.com. People upload new fonts here daily that can be downloaded and used for free, as long as you're not using them for commercial purposes. We scored VTKS Revolt for our poster above.

Thank god for Google image search. We searched for stock ticker and found this rad illustration of Edison's ticker on Google Book Search. Because it was made pre-copyright laws we get to use it to our hearts content! We pasted everything together in Photoshop, found some nice blue construction paper we had lying around, cut it to size and fed it into our printer. The frame is Ikea's Ribba. Ta-da! A propaganda poster for the times.

We also made a little poster for our cat Dim Sum since her chubby brother is always trying to squeeze into her corner to steal some kibble.

The font is a standard font, Mesquite, found in Photoshop. The top layer, the black silhouette of the fence and cat, is actually a Halloween card from Martha Stewart Crafts. We simply measured the blank space we had to the left of the cat and printed our slogan on blue paper to fit right into the space. We cut everything to size and put it in a Muji frame.

You can easily fill up your whole house with these. If you make some make sure to email us your finished product. We just might spread your propaganda on the site.
photos: soniaz

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