Making a postcard for the New Year in Photoshop

In this simple graphic design lesson, I will show you how to create a bright multicolored postcard for the New Year 2011 using simple Photoshop methods. So let’s get started!

Let’s start the work by creating a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1920x1200px (RGB mode) and a resolution of 72 px / inch. Using the tool PaintBucketTool (Fill) (G), fill the background with the color # 8D1342. We get a new background:

Create a new layer and select a soft round brush from the toolbar. BrushTool (brush) (B). Set primary color # A52EBC

Brush the bottom of the image as shown in the image below:
Note Can lower Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 60-70% to reduce the brightness of the sketch.

Again, create a new layer and carefully draw the left side of the image, setting the main color to # 3AAACE and Opacity (opacity) brush 30%

Create a new layer, select GradientTool (Gradient) (G). Open up GradientEditor (Gradient Editor) and set the parameters as in the picture below. We press Oto to close the gradient dialog box.

Note Since the author does not specify the colors used by him, you can set the suggested by me to achieve a result similar to the author.

Apply linear gradient from the top of the picture down.

Apply to this layer FilterPixelateColorHalftone (Filter-Design – Colored halftone), setting the following parameters:

We get the following result:

We press Ctrl+I to invert the picture colors:

Now we can apply MagicEraserTool (Magic Eraser) (E) to remove black color from our layer. To do this, click on the section between the white circles.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlay (Overlap)

Create a new layer and select a soft round. brush white color.

Use the brush to draw two bright light spots:

Set overlay mode for layer Overlay (Overlap)

Create another new layer with brushes Repeat the method of creating light spots in the picture, using the color # FF00C0 (set Opacity (opacity) brush 20%).

The blend mode for this layer is changed to LinearLight (Linear light)

On the next new layer, we will apply PaintBucketTool (Fill) (G) to fill it with black

Add to layer mask, using the pictogram AddLayerMask(add layer mask) from the bottom of the layers panel. Choose a soft round brush in black.

Freed black from the central part of the canvas by brushing on the layer mask as shown below:

Activate the tool HorizontalTypeTool (horizontal text) (T). Choose a font (I used VAGRounded, but you can choose any other suitable font)

Go to the canvas and write 2011. Push Enter (input) to form a text layer. We prescribe each digit on a separate layer. (!)

For a layer containing a digit “2” open the panel Addalayerstyle (Add layer style) by clicking on the corresponding icon at the bottom of the layers panel and in the appeared window choose DropShadow(Shadow)

Add GradientOverlay (Gradient overlay)

Edit the colors as shown in the image below and click OK to close the dialog box

Set the following options for the style Stroke (Stroke):

The type of stroke is chosen gradient (gradient) and set the following colors:

We get the following result:

Now go to the layer with the number “0” and add stylesDropShadow(Shadow), GradientOverlay (Gradient overlay) Stroke (Stroke) with the following parameters:

Our result now looks like this:

Go to the layer with the number “one”, add styles to the layer again DropShadow(Shadow), GradientOverlay (Overlay gradient) by changing the parameters to the following:

Add a Stroke (Stroke) as in the layer with the number “0”. We get the result:

For the second digit “one” apply similar layer styles.

Add sparkles of glitter. To do this, activate PenTool (Pen) (p) and set the drawing parameter Shape (Layer-Form). Draw four rays of our star.

Make a couple of copies of this layer using FreeTransform (Free transformation) (Ctrl + T) change the size of the stars and place them as in the figure below:

Create a new layer and draw a small bright spot in the center of each of the stars using a soft round brush of white color:

Click on the icon Createnewfilloradjustmentlayer (Create a new fill layer or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Hue/Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

Move the slider to the right to increase Saturation (Saturation)

Re-create the adjustment layer and select Exposure (Exposure), moving the sliders set the following parameters:

The final result!

Author: ART-D
Translator: Evgeniya Leontyeva
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