How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

December 30th, 2012 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Drawing Techniques

   

In this tutorial, we are going to create a simple New Year greeting card with Xmas balls on snowflakes background in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and you’ll try to create your own greeting card for New Year! Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Use this brush to paint the bottom part of the canvas. The brush’s color is #CD9F00 (set Opacity to 15% in Options bar).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer, using on it the same Soft Round brush mentioned above to paint the top part of tha canvas with the color #867321.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and select again the Soft Round brush.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Use this brush to paint the middle part of the canvas with the color #BEB300 (brush Opacity – 20%).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Continue painting the canvas by creating again a new layer, applying on it the same brush used before, this time with the color #FFE642 (brush Opacity – 15%).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and select on it the Hard Round brush.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Use this brush to represent many small circles of different diameter, with #FFF645 color (brush Opacity – 15%).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and apply the Hard Round brush used in the previous example to represent other small circles of the color #FFC835 (brush Opacity – 20%).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Make a copy now of the layer containing the last represented circles and apply on the layer the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next background:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll select the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a ring.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Make three copies of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way from below:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Combine in a group all the layers containing the rings (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).

Insert the mask on the group 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 30% in Options bar).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the rings’ elements the same way demonstrated below:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and select the Hard Round brush.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Use this brush to represent a small circle of the color #F8FC7D:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Make a copy of the last made layer containing the circle and apply on the copy the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Vivid Light.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Select Image > Adjustments > Curves and adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and select the Hard Round brush.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Use this brush to insert several more circles of the color #FCFF7C (brush Opacity – 20%).

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Make a copy of the last represented layer containing the circles and set the Blending mode for this layer to Color Dodge.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Next select the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a Christmas ball.

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

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

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

Apply Gradient Overlay:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in 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 Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Happy New Year Greeting Card with Xmas balls on Snowflakes Background in Photoshop CS6

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