How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Photoshop CS5

In this quick and easy graphic design tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create a New Year 2011 colorful card using simple techniques from Adobe Photoshop CS5. Let’s get started!

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How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe 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 #8D1342 color the new background layer.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B). Set Foreground color to #A52E8C.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the bottom part of the canvas as shown.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll paint very accurately on the left side with the color #3AAACE (set brush’s Opacity to 30% in Options bar).

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer, select the Gradient Tool (G) and open the Gradient Editor from Options Bar. Set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Apply the gradient from the top to down.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Choose for this layer the next filter: Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Press CTRL+I to Inverse the color.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll use the Magic Eraser Tool (E) to delete the black color from our layer, click on the black color between the points to delete it.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent two highlights as shown.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s create one more new layer and use here the brush mentioned above to draw a highlight of the color #FF00C0 (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Linear Light.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill it with black color.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the black color on the central part of the canvas the same way from below.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel (I have used VAG Rounded font or if you prefer, you can substitute similar font of your own).

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click in the canvas and type New Year 2011. Press Enter to apply the text. Type each number in a separate layers.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

For layer containing number ‘2’ click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Add Gradient Overlay:

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe 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 a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Settings for Stroke:

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select File type – Gradient and 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 a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create a New Year 2011 colorful card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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