Christmas card with Christmas balls

The most magical holiday is coming – the New Year! It’s time to start preparing, in this lesson we will create a simple New Year postcard.

Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) size 1920px * 1200px (RGB mode), resolution 72 dpi. Using the “Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U)), draw a rectangle in the whole document.

Step 2. Unlock the layer by clicking on it 2 times with the LMB and apply the layer style Gradient overlay\ Gradient Overlay.

Step 3. Using the “Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U)) in shape mode, draw another rectangle in the center of the canvas on the new layer, as shown below:

Apply layer style Gradient overlay\ Gradient Overlay

Step 4. On the new layer, name the “ball”, draw the ball using the “Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U)) in shape mode

Apply layer style Inner shadow \Inner shadow

Internal glow\ Inner Glow

Gradient overlay\ Gradient Overlay

Step 5. Now on the new layer, name the “holder”, draw the holder for the ball using the tool “Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U)). Select the contour tool “Outline selection“(Path Selecton Tool (A)) and the”Add anchor point»(Add Anchor Point Tool) add points and shape as shown below

Apply layer style Internal glow\ Inner Glow

Gradient overlay\ Gradient Overlay

Step 6. Make eight copies of the “holder” layer and apply free transformation (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to resize copies. Layers with copies on the layers palette position under the layer with the original, place the layer with the original and copy in the group (Ctrl + G)

Merge all layers (CTRL + E) and apply a layer style. Shadow\ Drop Shadow

Step 7. Draw a ring using the “Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U)) in the shape mode on a new layer, place this layer on the layers palette under the layer with the holder

Install Fill (Fill) at 0% and apply a layer style. External glow\ Outer Glow

Stroke\ Stroke

Step 7. Add highlights. On the new layer tool “Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U)) in the figure mode, draw a circle, then hold down the Alt key and exclude areas as shown below

Install Fill (Fill) at 0% and apply a layer style. Gradient overlay\ Gradient Overlay

Step 8. Place all the layers with the ball in the group, duplicate the group twice, apply free transform (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)) to resize the copies.

Step 9. Make active the tool “Brush (Brush Tool), choose a soft round brush in black (opacity (Opacity) 15%) and draw a shadow from the balls, layers with shadows place on the layers palette under the layers with balls

Final result

Transfer: Oksana Gudkova
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