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

   

Using the same tool, try to make another ellipse inside the already made ring.

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 ellipse using Ellipse Tool (U) 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 Outer Glow.

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

Apply 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

Add Stroke:

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

Select Fill Type – Gradient and 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

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), we have to draw a ellipse around the last made one.

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

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel, select Stroke.

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 represent now the highlight on the top by representing firstly a ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (U), then press Alt button or select Subtract from shape area (-) from Options bar and draw another ellipse to cut the lowest part.

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

Next we’ll draw a Christmas bauble, use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw the next ellipse.

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

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel, 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 sphere:

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

We have to create the bauble’s support, use the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw the next rectangle. Place this layer under the ball’s layer.

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

Next we’ll make the support’s ring, use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw the next ellipse.

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

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel, select Inner Shadow.

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

Add Stroke.

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

Select Fill Type -Gradient and 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

Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next element for the bauble’s support 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 Drop Shadow.

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

Apply 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

Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U), set Radius to 10px in Options bar, try to represent the thread of white color.

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

Combine in a group all the layers composing the bauble, its support and the thread (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and 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). Merge Down into a single layer the new made group by pressing CTRL+E.

Make two copies of this layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below. The copies’ layers will be placed lower than the very primary bauble’s layer.

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

Next we’ll draw a snowflake, 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw the snowflake 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 Outer Glow.

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

Add Stroke.

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

Now we have to rasterize the snowflake’s layer. In this case create a new layer above the original one and select them both layers in Layers panel, press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Make then eight copies of the last made layer and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and their placement on the canvas.

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

Create a new layer, select Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

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

Use this brush to represent many spots of white color.

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

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

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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