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Merry Christmas Greeting Card

What your mother, father, sister, brorher, etc would like to get on Christmas more than anything, is a hand-made greeting card. If you have no color paper and glue, create it in Photoshop.

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Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3
Start creating the file (File>New), that would have 800×300 px and 100 dpi.

Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to represent the background of the picture we want to have on the final stage of our work.

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Select the next parameters by making a mouse click on the layer we work with on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to draw now the primary layer of a Christmas toy decoration

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Select the previous instrument and picture out three more toy decorations of different colors.

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

The parameter Blending Options>Outer Glow is the same for all the toys (the same with the red toy decoration). The parameters for the blue toy decoration: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3The parameters for the violet toy decoration: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Next we’ll make the top part of the decorations, applying the Rectangle Tool (U) and correcting the elements’ parts with the Convert Point Tool.

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Make three copies of the layer containing the top part of the decoration and select Free Transform option to make the necessary copies smaller, placing them as it is shown below:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Let’s make the threads now the toys hang up with. In this case we should choose the Line Tool (U) and place the threads’ layers lower than the layers containing the colored toys (on the layers’ panel). Select also this color – #7B7B7B.

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Insert now some ornaments on our toys by applying the Pen Tool (P) and making the appropriate corrections on them with the Convert Point Tool.

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Merry Christmas Greeting Card in Photoshop CS3

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