Christmas card with snowflake in photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful Christmas greeting card with a paper snowflake on a green background for your friends using Photoshop CS6. The link to the PSD file of the lesson is attached at the end of this lesson. So let’s get started!

Final result

Materials for the lesson:

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop CS6, the document size is 1920px x 1200px (color mode RGB color mode), resolution 72 pixels / inch (px / inch).

Create a new layer, then, through the bottom toolbar Add layer styles (Add a layer style). Select an option Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In settings Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay), click on the color scale to open the settings window Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor), set the control points of the color range, as shown in the screenshot below. Click OK to close the window. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor).

We created the following background for our greeting card:

Next, we draw a vertical white line with the tool. Line (Line Tool (U), in the tool settings, set the value Thickness (Weight) at 1px.

Click + hold the mouse, drag the line down to draw a vertical line, as shown in the screenshot below:

Translator’s Note: when creating a line, hold down the (Shift) key so that the line is exactly vertical.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Duplicate a layer with a drawn line many times and then use the tool. Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), place duplicate lines as shown in the screenshot below.

Translator’s Note: to move duplicate lines, you can use the tool Move (Move (V).

Merge all layers with lines into one group (hold down CTRL + and select all layers in the layers palette, and then holding down the left mouse button, drag the selected layers to the button Create a new group (Create a new group), located in the bottom settings panel.

Change the blending mode for this layer with the group to Soft light (Soft light).

To the same group layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar. Next, select a soft round brush in black, the opacity of the brush is 15%.

While on the group’s layer mask, paint over the selected brush along the edges of the image to hide the lines at the edges of our postcard, as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, rasterize the layer with the group, to do this, create a new layer on top of the layer with the group, select these two layers (hold down the CTRL + key and highlight the new layer with the group). Finally, press the keys (Ctrl + E) to merge the layers.

Change the blending mode for the rasterized layer to Soft light (Soft light). Next, apply the filter to the same layer. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur).

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, download a set of arbitrary shapes Decorative snowflakes.

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U), In the top settings panel, click the window Figure (Shape) to open the shape selection menu. Find the Decorative Snowflake shapes you just downloaded, and then double-click to select one of the favorite shapes. Click + drag the mouse to draw a shape, as in the screenshot below. Snowflake color # 95C41E. Using tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), you can change the size of the snowflake.

To layer with drawn snowflake, add Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar. Next, go to the settings Options overlay: By default(Blending Options: Custom): Additional options(Advanced Blending), put a tick in the box Layer-mask hides effects(Layer Mask Hides Effects).

Add an option Stroke (Stroke):

Next, apply the option Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In settings Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay), click on the color scale to open the settings window Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor), set the control points of the color range, as shown in the screenshot below. Click OK to close the window. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor).

Add an option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

We have a beautiful paper snowflake.

Using tool Ellipse ( Ellipse Tool (U), draw a lot of small circles, each circle on a separate layer.

Using tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U), draw a rectangle on top of the drawn circles, as shown in the screenshot below.

Now we need to merge all the layers with small circles into one group, including the layer with the rectangle (hold down the CTRL + key and select all layers in the layers palette, and then holding down the left mouse button, drag the selected layers to the button Create a new group (Create a new group), located in the bottom settings panel. For the created group, set the value Fillings (Fill) at 0%.

Next, add Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar and go to settings Overlay options: default (Blending Options: Custom): Extra options (Advanced Blending), put a tick in the box Layer Mask Hides Effects (Layer Mask Hides Effects).

Add an option Shadow(Drop Shadow):

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Create a duplicate group with circles and a rectangle. Delete from duplicate Layer styles (Layer style) – Shadow (Drop Shadow). Next, rasterize the layer with the duplicate group; for this, make sure that you are on the layer with the duplicate group, press the keys (CTRL + E) to merge into one layer. Hold down (CTRL) + click on the thumbnail of the rasterized layer to load the active selection, as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, go to the layer with the snowflake. In the lower settings panel, click Add layer mask (Add layer mask) to add a layer mask to the layer with the snowflake. Next, press the following keys (CTRL + I) to invert the color on the layer mask.

Turn off the visibility of the duplicate rasterized layer, because we will not need it anymore. Add a layer mask to the snowflake layer through the bottom toolbar, and then select a hard round black brush.

While on the layer masquez layer, paint over with the black brush over the remaining snowflake on the right side to hide this part of the snowflake.

Next, add a layer mask to the layer with a group with small circles and a rectangle, then select a soft round brush of black color.

Being on the layer-masquez layer, paint over with black brush over the extra elements of the postcard above and below.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Go to the topmost layer in the layers palette, then add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to make a small color correction.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

At the center of our greeting card we will write a greeting text. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type tool (T). Set the font, color, size in the settings tab Symbol (Character). I used a font that can be taken in the archive.

Click on the working paper, then type ‘Merry Christmas’ or ’Merry Christmas’. Press (Enter) to apply the text.

Add to the text layer Layer styles (layer style), select the option Shadow (Drop Shadow).

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

And we finished the lesson! Our greeting card is ready!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Final result

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