Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop

November 11th, 2009 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

In this tutorial, we are going to design a simple Christmas card in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and that it inspires you to create your own postcard for Christmas!

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Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Using the Rectangle Tool (U), let’s represent a big rectangle reserved for background of the card we want to have.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
For this rectangle we’ll use the Layer style > Gradient Overlay by clicking on this layer on the Layers’ panel to open the Layer Style dialog box.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
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.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next background:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Using the same tool, applied before (Rectangle Tool (U)), create another rectangle on the central part of the canvas, like it is shown below:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Gradient Overlay:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
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.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next background:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Next we must represent a Christmas tree ball, using the Ellipse Tool (U).

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Go to Layer Style to add Inner Shadow

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Set the Inner Glow

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Also set the Gradient Overlay

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
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.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next sphere:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Now we must draw the ball’s holder, use the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the necessary element. Add anchor points on the middle part of each side by one using Add Anchor Point Tool. Shape may be corrected using Convert Point Tool.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Inner Glow:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Add Gradient Overlay

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
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.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next holder:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Make eight copies of the last made element’s layer and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) option to change the copies sizes, placing them as below. The copies’ layers situated from the central part to the edge should be placed under the previous one.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4

Next we’ll combine in a group all the layers composing the ball’s holder (press CTRL button to select the appropriate layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Select the group and press CTRL+E to Merge Down all the layers. Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Drop Shadow:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next holder:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Next we have to draw the ring of the ball’s holder, using the Ellipse Tool (U). Place the layer under the layer containing the ball’s holder.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style to add Outer Glow:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Set also the Stroke

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next ring:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll represent the highlight on the ball. Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent for the beginning the reserved zone for the highlight to be and then press Alt button to exclude with the same tool the highlight on its top and lowest part.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer. Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Gradient Overlay:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
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.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next Christmas ball:

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4

Now we have to combine in a group all the layers composing the Christmas tree ball (press CTRL button while selecting the necessary layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button when dragging down the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). The new group will be copied out two times. Select then the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) option to change the copies’ sizes. Turn over the copies the same way demonstrated on the next picture. The highlights’ layers won’t be turned over.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer again and choose here Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 15%) to draw the shadows coming out of the Christmas balls. The shadows’ layers should be placed under the layers containing the balls themselves.

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4

Design Christmas card with tree balls in Photoshop CS4
The final result!

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  • BRANDON

    18/11/2009

    Love the tutorial, but I am getting stuck on highlighting of the ball. When I read the Ellipses, I cannot figure out the color pattern or style overlay needed…

  • hedda

    23/11/2009

    That was fun – thanks! :)

  • la teurrrra

    04/12/2009

    Really useful! Thanks :)

  • Thyaga

    05/12/2009

    Hi,
    Thats was really nice.:) Thanks a lot.

  • Anders

    07/12/2009

    Great tuorial, but I dont get highlighting of the ball, cant make it :-(

  • Vendela

    11/12/2009

    I’m sure it’s something missing in this tutorial!
    Like “Bevel and emboss”? Am I wrong?

  • Fanci

    12/12/2009

    I am a newbie to PS. This tutorial claims to be simple.
    I managed to make it to the anchor point part.
    However I skipped adding the third color point to the ball. I didnt know how to make it.
    Then I got stuck at making anchor points.
    I also cant figure that out or how you zoomed in to get a closer look. to be able to place those points.
    I guess there are those of us who need their hands held the whole way, through each and every step.
    Perhaps it would be better say this tutorial is simple for those who have a good knowledge of the program. But not simple for those who dont.

  • AAima

    19/12/2009

    really gud..buh which photo shop program r u sing ???

  • Neringa

    22/12/2009

    Hi,

    you make a third anchor point simply by double-clicking on the place in the gradient bar (in the Gradient Editor) where you want it to apear :)

  • Neringa

    22/12/2009

    Ups, I meant you can add additional gradient point this way.
    Anchor point can be added by pressing the Pen Tool and selecting “Add Anchor point Tool” and then clicking on the Path where you want it to be. Pen Tool is in the Tools Palette.

  • gumby

    24/12/2009

    This tutorial was awful. It left out many crucial steps creating huge blanks that the user had to try and fill in themselves. I am quite competent with photoshop and have created several tutorials of my own. I really liked the idea you had here but you just left too much out. Really if you are going to do a tutorial do it right, not leaving it half baked. I still don’t know how you made the yellow shapes on top as you totally left that step out. Also the steps for creating the orb give you something that doesn’t remotely resemble your effect, though fortunately by playing around with the effects you can get something that looks half decent.

    I hope that you finish this tutorial rather than leaving all of us hanging. I appreciate you considering this criticism. Thanks.

  • hector

    28/12/2009

    excellent tutorial . I am from Argentina .I just want to say thanks
    you very muches.

  • jorges

    15/01/2010

    excellent.. even for photoshop or corel .. yes belive it.

  • kullim

    02/09/2010

    thank you.^^

  • sharad kumar chaudhary

    03/10/2010

    good …….I like it very much ….what a great concept.. great design………..

  • Richard in The Netherlands

    08/11/2010

    Because op the left out steps, it took me hours. Only at last, the hightlight layers did also turn over. I could not solve that problem.
    The design is great, even with the wrong highlights.

  • Barbara

    16/11/2010

    I’m fairly competent with photoshop and I STILL had trouble with this. I’ve had to fiddle with settings just to get close to what you have shown. I use the tools you mention and can’t duplicate what you do. For instance, for the ornament ring. Use the ellipse tool. Create ring, add effects. Sounds simple only when I use it I get this big white section in the middle instead of it being empty. Is there something I needed to do that I didn’t? These steps are vital to duplicating what you’re doing. This tut is more for those who are very experienced.

  • Barbara

    16/11/2010

    okay, wait, figured out why the ring wasn’t working but overall, the tut is more difficult than for just beginner level.

  • Pixey

    28/11/2010

    This was an amazing result. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this tutorial.

  • Clint

    08/12/2010

    Took me ages, but I’ve never learn so much about Photoshop! Anchor point was a bit confusing, but got there in the end!

  • medyo bastos

    14/12/2010

    great stuff. Am off to apply this to some of my works. Cheers and thanks!

  • Hung

    18/12/2010

    This is half pregnant tutorial.
    If you want to learn it quick, go somewhere else.

  • Shreeram

    20/10/2011

    Great tutorial
    Thanks a lot.

  • Okumupal

    26/10/2012

    I achieved this graphics using Corel Draw X2 until i felt proud of my self am just checking where i can get corel X6 anybody who can help?