How to create Christmas Greeting Card with Decorative Snowflakes on Red Background in Adobe Photoshop CS6
In this tutorial, we are going to design a simple Christmas greeting card with decorative snowflakes in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and that it inspires you to create your own greeting card for New Year! Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!
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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.
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.
We’ve got the next background:
Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B). We need to customize our brush in Brushes panel (F5), select the Brush Tip Shape. Click and drag any of the sliders to change the size, the spacing and brush angle as show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.
Go to Shape Dynamics and apply the next settings:
Go to Transfer:
Now you can use this brush of white color to represent the snow.
Create a new layer and 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 shape at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.
Click and drag to draw the snowflake of the color #EE282B.
Then make many copies of the layer containing the snowflake and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes and to turn over the elements, placing them the same way from the next picture:
Combine in a group all the layers composing the red snowflakes (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).
Set Fill to 39% for the new group.
Next we’ll draw a rectangle, applying the Rectangle Tool (U) draw the rectangle and insert some anchor points on the top part, bottom part and on the middle part. Use in this case the Add Anchior Point Tool and the Convert Point Tool to make the necessary corrections. The rectangle’s color is #D70010.
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.
We’ve got the next result:
Make darker now the rectangle’s edges by creating a new layer and selecting the Soft Round brush to paint the rectangle’s edges with the color #99161A:
We’ve got the next result:
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