Card with snowflakes in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple Christmas card with snowflakes in Photoshop CS6. I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and you will create your own postcards for the New Year! The link to the PSD file of the lesson is listed 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:

Create a new layer, select a soft round brush. We need to adjust the brush through the settings tab Brushes (Brushes panel (F5), select option Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape). Set the size, spacing, angle of the brush, as shown in the screenshot below. In the preview window, you can see the change of the brush stroke.

Select option Other Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), apply the following settings:

Select option Scattering (Scattering):

Next, go Transition (Transfer):

Using a customized white brush, draw the snow on our postcard, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, open a set of arbitrary shapes. Decorative snowflakes.

Create a new layer. 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 shapes you just downloaded, and then double-click to select one of the shapes you like.

Click + drag to draw a snowflake. Snowflake color # EE282B.

Next, duplicate the snowflake layer several times. With the help of transformation, change the size, apply a twist, placing duplicates on the entire card, as shown in the screenshot below:

Merge all the layers with snowflakes into one group (hold down the CTRL + key and select all the 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.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for the created group up to 39%.

Next, we draw a rectangle with the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U). Add anchor points on the top and bottom of the contour, as well as in the middle. To create the desired shape, use the tool Add anchor point (Add Anchior Point Tool) and Angle (Convert Point Tool). The color of the rectangle is # D70010.

To the layer with the deformed rectangle, add Layer styles (layer style), select the option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, we darken the deformed rectangle at the edges. To do this, create a new layer. Choose soft round brush, brush color # 99161A. Dim both edges:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Convert the dimming layer to a clipping mask to a layer with a deformed rectangle. To do this, hold down the (Alt) key + click between the dimming layer and the layer with the deformed rectangle to create a clipping mask.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Duplicate the original layer with the deformed rectangle, set the value Fillings (Fill) at 0% for this layer.

Next, to the duplicate layer, add Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar, then select the option Stroke (Stroke).

Apply option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Add a layer mask to the same layer through the bottom toolbar. Choose a soft round brush in black.

While on a layer mask, paint over with a black brush along the edges of the deformed rectangle to hide the glow on the edges, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, we will add a big snowflake to our card. Create a new layer. Select tool again Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U), open the set of snowflakes that you previously downloaded. Select one of the snowflakes you like. This time, select the color shade for the snowflake # 910105:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, to the duplicate snowflake layer, add Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar, then select the option Stroke (Stroke).

Apply option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

In the same way, you can add a few more snowflakes using the same tool. Settings Overlay Options – Stroke (Blending Options> Stroke) must be set in proportion to the size of the snowflakes. The same goes for option parameters. Shadow (Drop Shadow).

Next, we will draw the threads on which the snowfields hang. Using the same tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U), draw the threads on the new layer. Move the new layer down, placing below the layer with snowflakes.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, we will write a greeting text on our postcard. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type tool (T). Set the font, color, size in the settings tab Symbol (Character). I used the following font, which can be downloaded from the FontSquirrel website.

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

And we finished the lesson! Our Christmas card with snowflakes is ready!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Final result

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