Need help creating posters for bands

I gm a bar that has live music on the weekends. The problem I'm running into is promotion. Many of the bands are failing to promote their own shows so I'm going to start creating flyers for the bands who lack the ability to do so on their own.

With big shows, I have no problem paying a professional to do it for me. However, for local bands, I'd prefer to learn how to do it on my own with photoshop.

I've been looking online to get basic ideas but I figured I'd have better luck on here.

Any help would be appreciated.

I would say talk to local tattoo artists. Phone Post

What I really need is just a very basic border/outline to make a template with.

Use a combo of Photoshop for images and illustrator for text and smooth clean vector shapes. Look for free vectors on the net Phone Post 3.0

I'm using "Gimp" Is that just way too shitty for what I need?

Gimp is a poor mans photoshop Phone Post 3.0

large background images, pen tool, cut out members, throw a stroke or glow around them, throw some bold type on an angle and call it a day.

Very bad/crude example, but this could be done in like 10 minutes once you know how to cut out something using the pen tool and understand layers....

http://th04.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2012/078/3/9/band_flyer_by_snowskateskim21-d4t9x0e.jpg

jcblass - large background images, pen tool, cut out members, throw a stroke or glow around them, throw some bold type on an angle and call it a day.

Very bad/crude example, but this could be done in like 10 minutes once you know how to cut out something using the pen tool and understand layers....

http://th04.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2012/078/3/9/band_flyer_by_snowskateskim21-d4t9x0e.jpg
Not bad, I prefer to mask out selections though Phone Post 3.0