How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Photoshop CS5

December 1st, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

We have another great tutorial available for our readers today. If you want to learn how to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles, using simple shapes and gradients in Adobe Photoshop CS5, then this tutorial is for you.

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How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1200px by 1200px (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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll create many shapes to decorate our Christmas background. Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next shape as shown.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to create another shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw another shape using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ll continue with drawing another shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to draw the next shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw another shape as shown using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to create the next shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s add another shape on our background.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw a shape as shown using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to draw another shape as shown.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • white

    02/12/2010

    beautiful,go on.

  • Aitor Izquierdo

    02/12/2010

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. I´m trying to do it as a present to my family.

  • Tirath

    03/12/2010

    Awesome tutorial with nice abstract Christmas design you make it so Beautiful

    You are so much Creative & Genus
    Your entire tutorials are so much interesting & Creative
    Thanks so much for your kind effort
    keep up good work

    God Bless you :-)

  • web developer

    30/12/2010

    Great to saw a wonderful tutorial for Adobe. i am a newbie interested in designing. i really thought that the steps are very easy to follow to learn and design an illustration.

    i am going to try this and send it to my very best friend Filo.

  • Eira

    04/05/2011

    I wanted to learn Photoshop and I think you are one of the best designers that I have come across in the website till now. All the Best. Keep coming up with new and creative ideas.

  • Anon

    04/06/2011

    I can’t get the balls/ornaments to do that. my gradient is always centered in the middle. I followed the tutorial to a T and my ornaments didn’t turn out like in the instructions. How do I change the center of the gradient? cause the center now is directly in the middle, and the tutorial isn’t.

  • ThePrince

    23/09/2011

    Thank you very much for this tutorial.but wher is the psd source :)

  • robin

    17/01/2012

    very nice

  • omid

    05/07/2012

    Very Very goooooood
    Thanks