Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card

November 2nd, 2011 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Drawing Techniques

   

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create a stunning Merry Christmas background using colourful shapes in Photoshop CS5. We will use advanced compositing techniques, Layer styles, custom shapes and brushes to get an greeting card. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1900px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #462500 color the new background layer.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Then use the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw a rectangle with #1C1200 color.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 90% for this layer.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Using the same tool, try to represent the next shape as shown.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Continue representing the Christmas bauble, draw the next shape using the Ellipse Tool (U).

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll make the next bauble’s layer, using the Ellipse Tool (U).

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we’ll draw the highlight on lowest 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. Foreground color is #320000.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Apply Gradient Overlay:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the highlight’s right side we’ll draw a reflection, use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw the first ellipse with white color. Press Alt button or select Subtract from shape area (-) from Options bar and draw 2 another ellipse to cut the reflection two times as shown.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 11% for this layer.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll draw the lateral highlight on the right side. In this case 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 left side as shown. The Foreground color is #FCFBFB.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Take the same tool to represent the top highlight on the ball.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card 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.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Using the same method of representing the highlight on the right side, we have to make the same element on the left side.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we’ll represent the bauble’s support, choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next shape as shown. Place the layer under the previous made layers.

Create a Stunning Merry Christmas Background with Red Baubles for Greetings Card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Bhiqm

    03/11/2011

    and the 2nd part?

  • Bhiqm

    03/11/2011

    lol, now I can see it :) nice tutorial :D

  • Tutoriales

    03/11/2011

    Un excelente tutorial, me gustó la forma en que aplica el efecto glosy en la esfera navideña y los colores finales.

  • Hector Matias

    04/11/2011

    Hola…!!! Estos trabajo soneselente

  • Hector Matias

    04/11/2011

    ESELENTE TRABAJOS

  • psddude

    06/11/2011

    it looks beautiful!

  • Tirath

    06/11/2011

    Excellent tutorial with nice result
    Thanks so much for sharing
    keep up good work
    god bless you :D

  • Amyvale

    21/11/2011

    hi, this tutorial is very interesting and with a lot of details.
    I’m following the instructions, but i’ve a problem. In page 2, where it is written: “Place the layer above the previous one. The color this time used for the brush is #FFD0A7 (change brush Opacity to 30% in Options bar).”
    I’ve tried to do this several times, but the result is different. :(
    Do you have any idea?

  • Maria Ramsay

    17/12/2011

    It is an amazing work.
    The instructions are easy to follow and understand.
    Thanks a lot for your contribution.

  • ali hojati

    23/02/2012

    Thank you.

  • tong yu ping

    28/02/2012

    Wow! You’re terrific. I like your these tutorial!

  • Malay deb

    06/06/2012

    Awesome tutorial………
    I love u http://www.adobetutorialz.com

  • mukesh

    18/10/2012

    Hi, this tutorial is very interesting and with a lot of details.
    I’m following the instructions, but i’ve a problem. In page 2, where it is written: “Place the layer above the previous one. The color this time used for the brush is #FFD0A7 (change brush Opacity to 30% in Options bar).”
    I’ve tried to do this several times, but the result is different. :(
    Do you have any idea?Un excelente tutorial, me gustó la forma en que aplica el efecto glosy en la esfera navideña y los colores finales.Thank to got.

  • Lisa

    23/11/2012

    Lovely tutorial. Even for a Photoshop first timer, I managed to get something close to yours. It took me an entire day though! Will surely appreciate more tutorials like this from you! Thank you for sharing.

  • ascorbic acid

    18/12/2012

    @mukesh and @lisa…… if you cant do this just dl or copy paste the layered file…

  • gunbileg

    21/11/2013

    thank you enjoy