New Year Greeting Card – Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

November 26th, 2013 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Drawing Techniques

   

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create a New Year greeting card with golden stars and snowflakes on a red background using Adobe Photoshop CS6. We will use advanced compositing techniques, Layer styles, custom shapes and brushes to get an impressive holidays design. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Final Image Preview

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch.

Create a new layer, click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background 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.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next background for our greeting card:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll download set of custom shapes named Decorative Snowflakes Shapes. Little tutorial to explain how to load Custom Shapes here.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll create a pattern for our background, create a new document with the size 68px by 76px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch, select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find the next downloaded shapes at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click and drag to draw four snowflakes from the downloaded set to represent the next shown pattern. Their color is white and the background layer we’ll fill for a while in black with the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Hide the black background layer and choose Edit > Define Pattern. Enter a name for the pattern in the Pattern Name dialog box.

Get back to the main document and create a new layer, go to Edit > Fill, in the Fill dialog box, for Use, choose Pattern, in the Custom Pattern pop-up panel select recent created pattern, and click OK.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Set Fill to 21% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert the mask on the same layer 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 15% in Options bar).

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the pattern’s layer along its edges the same way demonstrated next picture.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

On the central part of the holiday card we’ll introduce the digits of the next year. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. I used this font from FontSquirrel.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the canvas and type ’2014′. Press Enter to apply the text.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Add Drop Shadow:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert also the greeting text. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. I used this font from FontSquirrel.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the canvas and type ‘Happy New Year’. Press Enter to apply the text.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background 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.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Add Drop Shadow:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll represent a small star with the three rays of the color #F2E18A, select the Polygon Tool (U), go to Options bar and click on Polygon Options. Set Indent Sides by – 30% and check the Star. Also set in Options bar the Sides – 3.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click and drag to draw the star as shown:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make a copy of the last represented layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn over the copy’s layer as it is indicated below:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Choose the Pen Tool (P) to give some volume to the star’s rays, set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next shape as shown with #820101 color.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Insert the mask on the same layer 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).

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Paint in the mask using this brush to change the visibility of the shape to get the same result from the next image:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

This way we may give volume to the other rays too, applying the same tools.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Combine in a group all the star 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).

Apply the next settings for made group by clicking on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Color Overlay.

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Add Drop Shadow:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

New Year Greeting Card - Golden Stars and Snowflakes on a Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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