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Christmas Balls

In the following tutorial you will learn how to use shapes, Ellipse Tool, and Gradients in Photoshop to create greeting card with Christmas baubles. You can use these techniques and elements to create your own greeting card!

Final Image Preview

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Inspired from Vector Illustration of three Christmas Balls by Ann Triling.

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Take now the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle on the whole canvas.
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next background:
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Next represent a kind of plane on the bottom part of the background, applying the same tool.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next shape as shown.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel, select Stroke.
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Select Fill Type – Gradient, 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.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next ribbon:
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Create one more shape, applying the previous tools (Pen Tool (P)).

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel, select Stroke.
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Select Fill Type – Gradient, 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.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw the next ellipse as shown.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

Apply Gradient Overlay

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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.

Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3
We’ve got the next result:
Design Christmas balls wallpaper in Photoshop CS3

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