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How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial I will give you some tips on how to Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5. You will learn how to add a Layer Style, draw Christmas baubles with Ellipse Tool, apply brushes, use Custom Shapes etc. Layered PSD file included. So let’s get started!

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How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree 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 300 pixels/inch. 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 snowflakes and colorful tree 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 snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll create tree bauble. Create a new layer and select from menu 3D > New Shape from Layer > Sphere

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Go to Layers panel and make a double-click on the Diffuse layer.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop opens a new blank document. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the layer with #0D79B1 color.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find 5 Point Star at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw many stars shapes of different sizes.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next put together all the layers composing the stars and the blue background in a rasterized layer. In this case hold Ctrl button and select all the layers in Layers panel, press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Next close this file and click to Save changes.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next texture on bauble:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Using the same method, we can represent several small spheres of different colors. The colors for the spheres’ backgrounds are #EBA133, #FF2CDF, #EDE461, #95D301 and #5AF9EE. Make copies of the layers containing the spheres and apply Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below. You can use the 3D Object Rotate tool to rotate the spheres around its x-axis.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll add many snowflakes on the canvas. Download the next Decorative Snowflakes Shapes. Load this Custom Shapes (little tutorial to explain how to load Custom Shapes here).

Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find the loaded snowflakes at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw many snowflakes of different sizes. The snowflakes’ layers should be situated under the spheres’ ones.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Represent now the thread of white color. Select the Line Tool (U) and set Weight to 2px in Options bar. The element’s color is #F2D5A5. Place the layer under the spheres’ layers.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Using the same method, we may represent the thread for the other snowflakes.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the layers containing the snowflakes and their threads supports (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 47% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent the shining effect under the spheres. Place the layer above the group containing the snowflakes and the threads, but under the spheres’ layers.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 31% for this layer.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer, use here the Soft Round brush mentioned above of white color (brush Opacity – 30%). Paint the background as it is represented below. Place the layer above the previous one, but under the spheres’ layers.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next we will represent the shadow. In this case use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw an ellipse of black color.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Next we will rasterize the layer by creating a new layer above the previous one and select both layers in Layers panel. Press CTRL+E to Merge Down. On the rasterized layer we need to apply the next filter: Filter > Blur > Motion blur:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

… and then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, place the shadow’s layer as it is represented on the picture. The layer will be placed under the spheres’ layers.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

Make so many copies of the last made layer as the number of spheres and apply the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as it shown on the next picture.

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5

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