How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Photoshop CS5

November 30th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

In the following Quick Tip tutorial you will learn how to use Custom shapes, Ellipse Tool, and Gradients in Photoshop CS5 to create Christmas greeting card with stylized golden baubles. You can use these techniques and elements to create your own greeting card!

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How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Take now the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle on the whole canvas.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we have to create a pattern. First create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 78px by 78px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Snowflake 3 at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw several snowflakes with #818181 color on the central part and on the edges.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Choose Edit > Define Pattern. Enter a name for the pattern in the Pattern Name dialog box. Get back to the main document and represent a new layer (Create new layer) and choose Edit > Fill. In the Fill dialog box, for Use, choose Pattern, select recent created pattern from the pop-up panel, and click OK.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 9% for this layer.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the snowflakes on the edges of the canvas.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we have to represent a Christmas bauble, select the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw the next ellipse.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Add Inner Shadow.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Go to Inner Glow.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Add also Satin.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Apply Gradient Overlay.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next bauble:

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s represent now a highlight on the bauble, using the same Ellipse Tool (U).

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 53% for this layer.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Mechanical brush of black color (set Opacity to 15% in Options bar).

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the next zones on the highlight layer as it is demonstrated below:

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we’ll represent the highlight on the bototom part of the bauble, use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw the first ellipse. Press Alt button or select Subtract from shape area (-) from Options bar and draw another ellipse to cut the top part as shown.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 53% for this layer and change the Blending mode for this layer to Vivid Light.

How to create stylized greeting card with Christmas baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Kaira

    01/12/2010

    Thanks for all xmas tutorialz, love reading your tutorials!!!
    Keep Up The Good Work!

  • white

    02/12/2010

    i love the effect

  • Amr Boghdady

    02/12/2010

    Great tutorial, really love the end result!

  • nahla essam

    14/12/2010

    really amazing and simple i like it very much…

  • rukaia

    01/02/2011

    great job

  • Ahmad

    20/05/2011

    Wonderful ideas for xmas, Thanks

  • Ben

    01/12/2011

    How do I get the glow to be offset from the centre?

  • Henry

    24/11/2012

    Yet another tutorial unfinished. Where are the tops to the ornaments? Right, the glow is in the center of mine as well, can’t get it to go up to the left. Tut did not explain how to do that either. So tired of incomplete tuts.

  • Petya

    31/10/2013

    Thank you, that was fun to do :) If you could finish the tutorial to do the top bits would be real nice