Create a Christmas Star Wallpaper in Photoshop

If you want to learn how to create an amazing Christmas card with glittering decorative stars, using simple shapes and gradients in Adobe Photoshop CS5, then this is the lesson for you. Let’s start!

Let’s start by creating a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop, 1000px by 1000px (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 72. Use the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G), to fill with # 3F2D56 a new background layer.

Next, create new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and activate the Soft Round (Soft Round) Brush (Brush Tool) (B).

Use this brush to paint the background color. # 443165.

On the next new layer, we will continue to draw the background using Soft Round. Brush (Brush Tool) (B) black (set Opacity up to 15% in panwhether the parameters).

Use this Brush (Brush Tool) (B), to paint over the edges of the document.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select Soft Round again. Brush (Brush Tool) (B).

Use this brush to paint the background color. # FE5200, first we will draw on the upper right side, the opacity of the brushthirty%. Then, on the lower right side of the Opacity of the brush 15%.

Next we will create a small polygon, select the tool Polygon (Polygon Tool)(U) go to the options panel and click on the Polygon Options button. Set the Radius (Radius) – 500px, the depth of the rays (Indent Sides by) – 80% and check the checkboxes Smooth outer corners (Smooth Corners), Star (Star), Smooth inner corners (Smooth Indents). Also set in the settings panel Sides (Sides) – 5

Click and drag to create a polygon shape.

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the Add a layer style icon at the bottom of the layers panel to select Stroke:

We get the following result:

Make a copy of the last layer and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) (check the tick Keep proportions (Maintain Aspect Ratio) in the settings panel) to increase the copy layer. Using tool Angle (Convert Point Tool), we can make more rounded the specified points of the polygon.

Now we need to repeat two times the same copy operation, proportional resizing and correcting the shape.

We get the following result:

Group all the polygon layers (by pressing CTRL to select the required layers and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the selected layers to the icon Create a new group (Create a new group) at the bottom of the layers panel. We rasterize the group (select the group in the layers panel and press CTRL + E to Merge layers (Merge Down)), using the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) we can make a smaller rasterized layer containing a polygon and place it below.

Install Fill (Fill) before 0% for this layer, change the Opacity to 55% and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom layer panels to add Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the colors as shown below. Click OK to close the dialog box. Gradient editor (Gradient editor).

We get the following result:

Rasterize the polygon layer. To do this, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) above the layer with the polygon and, while holding down the CTRL key, select both layers in the layers panel. Then press CTRL + E to Merge down the layers. Make many copies of the new layer and use the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), resize the copies and place them as in the picture below:

On copies of the layer, we can apply, if desired, the following Blend mode (Blend Mode) Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), Lightening basics (Color dodge) and, To divide (Divide). For a few stars, we have to change Fill to 50%, to get an approximate effect, as shown below.

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U),then in the options bar, click the Shape button to open the selection menu. Find the 5 ending star (5 Point Star) at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click on the shape to select it.

Click and drag to create a small star. This layer should be located under the layer containing the polygon.

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Make a copy of the last layer and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) (check the tick Keep proportions (Maintain Aspect Ratio) in the settings panel) to make a copy smaller, as shown in the picture below:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Make another copy of the last layer and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), to reduce the size of the copy and place it just like in the picture. The previous two layers, and this layer should be located under the polygon layer.

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Now we will create, another small polygon, select the tool Polygon (Polygon Tool)(U) go to the options panel and click on the Polygon Options button. Set the Radius – 200px, the depth of the rays (Indent Sides by) – 99% and check the checkboxes Smooth outer corners (Smooth Corners), Star (Star), Smooth inner corners (Smooth Indents). Also set in the options panel Sides (7).

Click and drag to create the next polygon:

Set the Fill to 50% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Shadow (Drop Shadow):

We get the following result:

Make a copy of the last layer containing the star and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), to make a copy smaller, turn it around its axis, and place it in the same way as in the next image. Remove style Shadow (Drop Shadow): on the copy and place it under the previous layer.
Set Fill to 100% for this layer.

We get the following result:

Now we have to create a ray of light that will come from a big star. Select Pen (Pen Tool) (P), set drawing mode on Layer – figure (Shape Layers) in the settings panel and make the following form, as shown in the figure.

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select Soft Round (SoftRound) Brush (Brush).

Use this brush to paint the background at the specified location, using the color # FFEB00 (Opacity of the brush 10%).

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select Soft Round (Soft Round) Brush (Brush) to paint on stars located in the upper left side. Brush color # D40050 (Opacity of the brush 15%).

We get the following result:

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select Soft Round (Soft Round) Brush (Brush) white.

Use this brush to paint on a big star and, on a ray of light.

Set Fill to 53% for this layer and change the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay.

Write a text for your greeting card. Choose a tool Horizontal text (HorizontalTypeTool) (T). Choose font, size and color in Character panels.

Write something like “Happy New Year!”. Press Enter to apply the text.

In the next step we need the next set of brushes.
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and load the downloaded brushes, select the next Brush (Brush) from set light_brushes_2:

Use this brush to add lots of small stars, white. You should add stars of different sizes and use different Opacity values ​​for the brush.

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Make a copy of the last layer and set Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Light replacement (Lighten)

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and select Hard Round (Hard Round) Brush (Brush) white colors (set Opacity to 15% in the options bar).

Use this brush to draw a lot of small circles. First make a circle of a larger diameter, and then inside it one of a smaller diameter.

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Press the button Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select, Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown in the picture below, to make small color adjustments.

We get the following result:

Our festive, New Year’s card with a shining decorative star, is ready!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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