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Valentine’s Day Ideas

Learn in this tutorial how to create a vector Valentine’s heart with additional effects and textures.

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Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Begin by representing a new file (File>New) that must have 1024×768 px and 72 dpi. Use next the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw the background of our picture we want to get finally.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Select the next demonstrated parameters by making a mouse click on the layer we work with on the layers’ panel. Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Applying the Custom Shape Tool (U), it’s possible to draw a heart that may be turned over the way shown below with the Free Transform selection. The heart’s color is #C5271C

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Now we should draw a highlight of white color, using the Pen Tool (P). The element’s shape may be corrected with Convert Point Tool.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Use the same tools for drawing one more highlight on the heart.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Each layer containing the highlights must have the same parameters, indicated next: Fill 40%

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Download from Internet sets of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: BloodPack1__invaynestock, Vector_Brushes, Floral.
Create a new layer and use the Brush Tool (B) out of the set BloodPack1__invaynestock. The color that the brush has is #A9A8A7. Place the brush’s layer under the heart’s layer on the layers’ panel.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Create one more new layer (Create new layer) and use on it the above mentioned brush. Select after that the Free Transform option to turn over the elements, placing them the way shown next picture. The brush’s color is #DEDDDD. This layer should be situated also under the heart’s layer on the layers’ panel,

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Select the same parameters from below for both layers containing the brushes. Fill 40%

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Take the Pen Tool (P) of white color to draw a wing which shape also may be corrected with the Convert Point Tool. The wing’s layer should be situated under the heart’s layer too.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the layer containing the white wing and choose Free Transform selection to turn around the copy for placing it the same way illustrated below. The new wing’s layer is placed under the heart’s layer on the layers’ panel.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Choose one more time the Custom Shape Tool (U) to draw a small star.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Blending Options>Stroke

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3Make two copies of the layer containing the star and select again the Free Transform option to make the necessary changes on the copies’ sizes, placing them as below:

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer again (Create new layer), using this time on it the brushes out of the set Vector_Brushes. The brushes’ color is #393532. Turn around the brushes the way shown below and place the new layer under the heart’s layer on the layers’ panel.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Combine in a group all the layers containing the brushes Vector_Brushes (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while moving the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Select the next parameters for the new group.
Blending mode-Hard Light

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Create again a new layer (Create new layer) and use on it the mentioned above brushes. The color of the Floral brushes is #878684. Rose brushes have the color #605C5B

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Combine in a group all the layers of the recently applied brushes (hold on Ctrl button for marking out the necessary layers and then keep pressed the left mouse’s button while taking the marked layers on Create a new group option). Apply the next parameter for the last created group:
Blending mode-Color Dodge

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

On the next layer (Create new layer) we should select the Floral brushes. Their color is white and their location may be changed with the Free Transform selection.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

On the next layer (Create new layer) we’ll select the Brush Tool (B) to draw several small circles of white color, having the color #EEB7B0

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Create one more new layer and select the Brush Tool (B) out of the set entitled Vector_Brushes. The brushes’ color is white and their position may be changed again with Free Transform option.

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

Valentine's Day Ideas in Photoshop CS3

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