How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

In this tutorial, we are going to create a simple holiday card with colorful digits in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and that it inspires you to create your own illustration for New Year! Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with the size 1000px by 1000px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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 Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next background:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert the message text for greeting card. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the canvas and type ’2013′. Press Enter to apply the text.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll introduce the numbers of the year. Each number must be situated on a separate layer. The layers containing the numbers must be rasterized (in this case select the layer containing the number in Layes panel, right click and to Rasterize). Place the layers with the numbers under the very first text’s layer on the Layers panel.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Apply on each layer containing the number the next filter: Filter > Blur > Motion blur.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert the mask on each layer with separate number by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Hard Round brush of black color.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Paint in the masks using this brush to clean very smoothly the unnecessary blur of Motion blur filter.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make a copy of the very first layer containing the 2013 numbers and place it above all the layers. Select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command and move it a little the same way from the next picture.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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 Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Take the Line Tool (U) to represent many parallel lines of different colors and of different weight.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Combine in a group all the lines’ layers (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). Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, let’s incline the lines’ group the same way demonstrated below:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make sure that the lines’ group are active in Layers panel, hold on the CTRL button and click on the top layer containing 2013 numbers in Layers panel to get the next selection:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert the mask on the lines’ group by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel .

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Choose the Hard Round brush of black color.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Paint in the mask containing the lines’ group using this brush to hide the lines on the number ’0′.

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next insert number ’0′ in a separate layer using Horizontal Type tool (T).

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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 Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year 2013 Holiday Card in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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