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How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Today we’ve got a really nice and simple tutorial demonstrating how to create elegant Christmas background with ornamented ball using simple tools and techniques like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool, Layer Style, etc. in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Read on to learn more.

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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. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #7EC21D color the new background layer.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the next vertical rectangle of the color #006A00 as shown:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Drag to draw a lot of Christmas trees of the color #7EC21D.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

… and draw more trees of the color #348734.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Use the Rectangle Tool (U) to create the next rectangle as shown.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball 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 elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Choose the same tool to add the next rectangle on the background as shown:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball 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 elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll create a Christmas ball, use the Ellipse Tool (U) to create the next ellipse.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Add Gradient Overlay:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball 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 elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next ball:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Take the same Ellipse Tool (U) to represent the shadow under the ball. The layer’s color is #454833.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Rasterize the shadow’s layer. Create a new layer above the shadow’s one, select both layers and press CTRL+E to Merge Down into a single layer. Then apply the Smudge Tool to get the effect from the next picture.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in 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 Mechanical brush of black color (set Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to change the visiblity of the shadow as it is demonstrated below:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the shadow’s layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to enlarge a little the copy’s layer and make the corrections with the Smudge Tool.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 59% for this layer.

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask as we did before with the previous example (Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel) and choose the Soft Mechanical brush of black color (set Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to change the visiblity of the shadow as it is demonstrated below:

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball in Photoshop CS5

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