How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Photoshop CS5

If you want to learn how to create a greeting card and how to use advanced techniques to combine several elements in Photoshop CS5 into one complete composition, then we have an awesome tutorial for you.

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How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting 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 #741706 color the new background layer.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select now the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw the next ellipse of the color #B22B0B.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Choose for the ellipse’s layer the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur, click OK to rasterize the shape.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Gaussian blur settings:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we should create several rays, select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Registration Target 2 at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click and drag to draw the shape as shown. The Foreground color is #AF2A0C.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 60% for this layer and change the Blending mode for this layer to Luminosity.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download from mega-tex the next Flower Textures and open it in Photoshop.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Desaturate image by selecting Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (CTRL+SHIFT+U).

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

… and then apply for the layer the next filter: Filter>Filter Gallery>Sketch>Bes Relief.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll insert our texture on a new layer in our main document and change the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make three copies of this layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place them as it is indicated below:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select these four layers in Layers panel by holding CTRL button and Merge Down into a single layer by pressing CTRL+E. Set
Opacity to 23% for this layer.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting 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 (set Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in tha mask using this brush to hide the texture in its middle part of the layer.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color (set Opacity to 30% in Options bar).

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to add some brushstrokes on the central part of the canvas as shown:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel (I have used Miss Le Gatees font or if you prefer, you can substitute similar font of your own). Click in the canvas and type Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2011. Press Enter to apply the text.

Character panel for Merry text:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Character panel for Christmas text:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Character panel for & symbol:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Character panel for Happy text:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Character panel for New Year text:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Character panel for 2011 text:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Happy New Year 2011 greeting card in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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