Interesting challenge. Perhaps nothing has the unique ability to rivet communal attention like the Posters produced during times of National crisis. Propaganda art is probably a more appropriate name. Rallying and sustaining support for the Governing authority is essential to obtaining victory especially in the face of huge losses or potential losses etc., and fear is perhaps the strongest uniting force mankind knows. Fear of mutual destruction can be manipulated to almost any end, which is why its importiant when viewing this type of art to keep that firmly in mind, less one, in a moment of weakness, give up the very things they are afraid of loosing-all in the name of security. Thus the inspiration for this submission-- To instill a sense of impending doom and fear then offer a way out of it by taking a specific concrete action. Here's the recipe:
(1) begin with background photo of a city street scene.Apply Melancholytron filter.
(2)take aerial photo of city at night, apply--what else?--Melancholytron filter. Drag and drop into background.Use overlay blend mode and tweak saturation/contrast/tone to liking.Merge with background
(3)Add text and outline text effect in PS 6 with styles menu, rasterize type,link and merge linked.
(4)Create new layer. Create closed path with pen tool in shape of half circle, convert to selection, fill with red, apply noise,monochrome.5.0 then gaussian blur
(5)Duplicate background, drag to top of layer stack,set blend mode to color burn, use eraser tool to clean up over text . Apply noise at previous settings and light gaussian blur, then flatten, and quit. Kinda scarey stuff, this. Tom