Case Study: “Silver Linings Playbook” Movie Poster

"Silver Linings Playbook" Movie Poster

“Silver Linings Playbook” Movie Poster

“Silver Linings Playbook” has a little cute indie feel with a nice polished touch.
A simple yet efficient composition: two half people and a kind of a puzzle in between them.

How does it work?

  • The portraits has been turned to black and white, with a hint of color in the eyes for a modern feel. Both characters are smiling, and although their faces have been cropped they remain big enough that we can recognize the actors.
  • The Title Treatment integrates a hint of green/brownish color, and a bit of texture. It is the only colored element of the poster. The very classic and elegant font has been scratched a bit to bring some life. The spacing and sizes have been modified to make it look official and unique.
  • The rest of the text is very light and discreet, all centered in a block that sits on the left hand side of the poster.

How can I create a Movie Poster with a similar look and feel?

We would suggest to use one of this templates as a starting point: it already has a 3 parts composition with a picture on each side.

The central part of this template is text over a solid color, which can be changed. More pictures can be added if you need to. Make sure they are saved a .png in order to use the transparency.


  • We would recommend focusing on the way the pictures will be framed: the vertical format doesn’t work for everything, but when it does it can get quite spectacular. Make sure both pictures use the same color palette (black and white is a safe and easy option).
  • Balance both pictures in the composition: they could be lined up, they could be cropped, they could both leave a lot of space above the characters’ heads… be consistent in a way so that both pictures are part of a whole.
  • Find the right color combination in the central part. A bright colored Title Treatment over a white or black background would work in most cases. If you choose to be more playful and pick a solid color for the background, make sure it works with the pictures’ palette.

Have fun!