Create colorful background for Valentine’s Day

Now we have to make a copy of the very first layer containing the heart and choose then the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command (click on Maintain Aspect Ratio button in Options bar) to make the copy smaller.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
For this shape click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Outer Glow settings:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Add Inner Glow:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Gradient Overlay:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe 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.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect on the heart:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select for it a Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B) of white color (also set the Opacity to 25%)

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using Soft Round brush, represent several highlights on the heart.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon, click on mask to make it active and use a Hard Mechanical brush

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Paint on the mask to clean out the highlights’ edges.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the Pen Tool (P) we’ll represent a highlight of white color.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Fill to 50% for this layer

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select the Hard Round brush and white color

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Represent a kind of spot

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command on the highlight’s layer to stretch it out laterally. Make a copy of the layer containing the highlight, placing both their layers the same way indicated on the next picture.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Fill to 66% for these layers

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Let’s represent now on the bottom part of the heart a voluminous element, applying the Pen Tool (P).

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Blending mode to Linear Dodge for this layer, also reduce the Fill to 11%

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll select the Soft Round brush of the color #ED1F78 to represent several small spots (Opacity 20%).

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 67% for layer with spots

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Select Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to add contrast on image:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and choose here the Soft Round brush of black color (Opacity 5%)

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
make darker the background’s edges using Soft Round brush.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply the Crosshatch brush from Assorted brushes set

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Represent many stars of different diameter using Crosshatch brush.

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Select again Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to add more contrast on image:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

Create a colorful background for Valentine's Day in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Finished!

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