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How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

If you want to learn how to create a greeting card for the holiday, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. We will learn how to create an abstract Christmas background using brushes then we’ll create baubles using Ellipse Tool and Layer Styles in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #01431F color the new background layer.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B), set Foreground color to #00C962, go to Options bar and set Opacity to 15%.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as shown:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and choose the Hard Round brush.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent many small circles of different Brush Size and different Opacity value for brush. The circles’ color is #00D086 (brush Opacity – 15%).

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll use the earlier mentioned brush to continue drawing the circles. Their color is #00FFD9 (brush Opacity – 15%). Draw the circles using different Brush Size and different Opacity value for brush.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 47% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Lighter Color.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer again and select the Hard Round brush to continue representing the circles of different diameters on the background.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Their color is #687F62 (brush Opacity – 80%). Their Opacity value is also different.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 27% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Screen.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next step we’ll download set of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: light_brushes_2. Copy the brushes file to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop X\Presets\Brushes folder (Adobe Photoshop X been your version of Photoshop).
Create a new layer and load the downloaded brushes, select the next brushes from light_brushes_2 set:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Use this brushes to draw many small stars of white color.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Hard Mix.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use on it the downloaded brush to continue representing the small stars of white color too.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll select the Soft Round brush of white color, set Opacity to 15% in Options bar.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the background as shown.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Linear Light.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll represent a star, select the Polygon Tool (U), go to Options bar and click on Polygon Options. Set Radius – 110px, Indent Sides by – 42% and check the Smooth Corners, Star, Smooth Indents. Also set in Options bar the Sides – 5

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

 

Click and drag to draw the star shape.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Using the Convert Point Tool, we may convert a smooth point to a corner point without direction lines as shown:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in 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.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Add Satin:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Apply Stroke:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the recently made layer (removing the Layer’s styles out of the copy). Select after that the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, set Maintain Aspect Ratio in Options bar and make smaller the copy’s layer. Its color is #3BCDFE:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

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

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Add Inner Glow:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Apply Bevel and Emboss:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set Satin:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

Result:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next colorful star:

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles in Photoshop CS5

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