Creative christmas cards

November 6th, 2008 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

Today, I’m going to show you how use custom shapes and Layer styles in Photoshop CS3 to create a creative Christmas illustration. Let’s get started!

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Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS3 with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Take now the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle on the whole canvas as shown.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Next we’ll represent the snow hills, use the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and to draw the next shape as shown.
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Add Gradient Overlay
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Tree at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Drag to draw the tree having the color #003274.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Make seven copies of the tree’s silhouette and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way demonstrated below:

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Using the Custom Shape Tool (U), let’s draw a lot of snowflakes, having different sizes:

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Continue representing the snow hills, selecting the same Pen Tool (P) draw tha next shape having the color #A7FEF6.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
Draw another shape using Pen Tool (P).
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Add Gradient Overlay:

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

On a new layer (Create new layer) we’ll select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B), set Opacity to 20% in Options bar.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3
Use this brush to represent the shadows on the snow hill as shown.

Create creative christmas cards in Photoshop CS3

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  • AARON MANIO

    04/11/2009

    Hi, Just want to ask, where and how I can add to the custom shape in my Photoshop

  • jo

    17/11/2009

    this is impossible to do

  • Dirty

    20/11/2009

    Not impossible at all, you just have to know a little about photoshop. And you select the custom shape tool under the square that is set to “rectangle tool” by default. Click on the rectangle tool and hold down and the custom shape tool will come up.

  • Jeanette

    07/12/2009

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Took me awhile but I made it to the end and did turn out alright
    jeanette

  • daddy

    08/12/2009

    this is easy but how are you supposed to make the snowman?

  • Miss Asa

    10/12/2009

    Where can I put my own photos in the card? Can I change the snowmans face to my childrens faces?

  • Jozef

    11/12/2009

    Happy new year 2010

  • Maria

    14/12/2009

    Great tut!!! Thanx!!!

  • Adriz

    17/12/2009

    x fin lo terminee!!!…muy wueno el tutotrial =)
    graxiazz…flicz fiestaz x)

  • ptite_Chipie

    28/01/2010

    Il est super et le rendu aussi! bravo….. et pas compliqué du tout si l’on maîtrise les techniques de base……..
    Je me suis régalée à le faire…..

  • Kuleza

    22/04/2010

    I enjoyed this tutorial.

  • Bob marley

    26/10/2010

    It would have been Good if my computer did not spas up

  • dashkin

    26/10/2010

    thanks for the fun!

  • elisabeth

    29/10/2010

    Thanks.. It was a good tutorial:)

  • Radim

    12/11/2010

    Nice tutorial. Image isnt much original, but I like this :)

  • Shagun

    29/11/2010

    its a nice tutorial,useful and enjoyable

  • Ganesh Shetty

    02/12/2010

    Thank u for nice tutorial ….

    check my creation here

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=178560845489515&set=a.176829062329360.43343.100000068024285

  • Kyle

    05/12/2010

    Awesome Tutorial. I just did this and learned a lot!

  • Meowzers

    07/12/2010

    This tutorial was great!

  • john marston

    15/12/2010

    i used this tutorial and i personally conclude that this website doe snot help the ole kind folke of these parts so i concurr that you shud nawt use this website for any of yur christmas needs

  • Arlenne Geraldibne Paola González de la Rosa

    17/12/2010

    It’s so awesome!!. :D I love the snowman!. <3

  • criss guzman

    17/12/2010

    good tuto someone tells me what it is called the brush you used for this tutorial please

  • Omgitzkara

    24/12/2010

    Great and Easy tutorial ((:

  • angel abraham

    30/12/2010

    Gracias por compartir el tutorial me gusto mucho.

  • Artem

    30/12/2010

    Lol! It’s useful l. I’ll try to do my own card.

  • rajesh

    17/06/2011

    I LIKE IT!!!

  • vhinz

    17/11/2011

    Its cool!!!

  • Okralsd

    06/12/2011

    this is the best photoshop thing ever! i can’t believe it. I used it and it was amazing i can’t believe it. THIS it the best thing EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrr HOLY COWS! it is sooooooooo good

  • Okralsd

    06/12/2011

    how do u make da snowmanÉ

  • jakob

    09/12/2011

    did it work?

  • Collin Dranow

    13/12/2011

    my snowman looks like sheesh yall

  • jim

    13/12/2011

    absolutly useless for brand new users to PS, please make it more clearer, showing a more detailed step-by-step description,
    for exsample “select the shape tool” WHERE IS THE SHAPE TOOL, dont just tell us to select it, SHOW us where it is!!!!!

  • dan

    13/12/2011

    a video tut would be much more useful…..
    especially for new users

  • jakob

    14/12/2011

    This sucks! It is impossible

  • Collin Dranow

    15/12/2011

    gtfo faggit

  • Hugh Jass

    16/12/2011

    pretty nice tut

  • mirei

    21/12/2011

    How can I put the blue shadow of the snowmans belly on the right side? thx

  • jake

    15/11/2013

    this is impossible to do

  • marisa

    01/12/2013

    I really dislike the pen tool. It’s all good until I get to the pen tool parts. Thanks for this tutorial though, it’s great!

  • awesome

    11/12/2013

    awesome wheres the space bar option space bar

  • Kaare Nilsen

    15/12/2013

    This doesn’t exist in CS5 Illustrator; -”Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar”.

    There is no such thing as a Custom Shape Tool using the U key on the keyboard in CS5, the U key is the Mesh tool. I used the Help function to search for the Custom Shape Tool , but nothing came up. So what’s the story?

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