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How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Photoshop CS5

We have another great tutorial available for our readers today. If you want to learn how to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles, using simple shapes and gradients in Adobe Photoshop CS5, then this tutorial is for you.

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How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1200px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Take now the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle on the whole canvas.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll create many shapes to decorate our Christmas background. Choose the Pen Tool (P), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar and draw the next shape as shown.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to create another shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw another shape using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ll continue with drawing another shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to draw the next shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw another shape as shown using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to create the next shape.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s add another shape on our background.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Draw a shape as shown using Pen Tool (P).

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Pen Tool (P) to draw another shape as shown.

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles 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 design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to design an abstract Christmas illustration with colorful shapes and glass baubles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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