Christmas balls

In this tutorial we will draw Christmas balls.

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) (File> New) set dimensions 1280 x 1024 pixels., resolution 72 pix \ inch.
(Dimensions may vary, it all depends on the purpose for which the postcard is drawn)
Choose a tool Christmas balls Paint Bucket Tool (G) set color #7EC21D and fill the document with this color.

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Take the Rectangle Tool (Rectangle Tool (U)), set the color008C7F and draw some vertical stripes.

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Now grab the Custom Shape Tool (U) and select the Tree shape.

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Set color #008C7F and draw one spruce. Then copy this layer several times (Ctrl + J).
While pressing the Ctrl key, place the trees along the entire length of the strip (making each layer in turn active).

Now, holding down the Ctrl key, select all the layers related to Elyam. Merge layers with Ctrl + E. Copy the resulting layer and place copies of the layer on the next strips. If you can not put a picture exactly, just zoom in on the image several times.

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With dark stripes you need to do the same. You can repeat the above method, or you can simply copy the layer with Elyami again, use the “Move” tool (V) to move in order to understand which layer we copied, take the “Fill” tool, take the color from the light green bar (holding down the Alt key ) and repaint every spruce in this layer. Put this layer on a dark strip,
Copy it the necessary number of times and place the layers on all dark stripes.

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Take the tool Christmas balls Draw an ellipse and draw three circles of the same size.

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Go to the layer with the first ball. Double-click on a layer to bring up the Layer Style window. Set the following parameters in it:
Shadow (Blending Options> Drop Shadow)

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Internal glow (Inner Glow)

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Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay)

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Gradient options:

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* so that the shadow on the ball is the same as in the picture, you need, after you set all the parameters in the Gradient Overlay window, without closing this window, hover the mouse over the ball and just move the shadow, as you need, in this case , as it is done in the picture *

In the end, this should be such a ball.

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In order to get the same result on the other two balls, you need to click on the layer with the first ball with the right button and select there, Copy Layer Style. Then on the next layer, right click, Paste style layer. You will only need to change the color in the Overlay gradient tab. For the red ball:

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Get like this:

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For the orange ball:

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Get like this:

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Take the tool Christmas balls “Line”, in the settings of the tool, put white, Thickness 4 pix. (thickness depends on your image).
Draw the threads from the balls. Make sure that the Style, in the tool settings, is crossed out with a red line, that is, is absent.

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* It will be much more realistic if you add another shadow from the threads. For this, I set in the Layer Style, the same parameters that we set for the shadows from the balls, only without the Overlay of the gradient. And in order for the shadow not to start from the middle of the line, it was necessary with the help of free transformation to extend the line beyond the limits of the figure. And put the layers with the threads below the layers with balls *

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Take the tool Christmas balls “Rectangle” and drag a rectangle over the entire picture.

Layer Style Options:

In the tab, Overlay settings: Custom \ Advanced options, Fill opacity, set 0%.

Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)

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The resulting layer, you need to place below the layers with threads and balls.

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Now decorate our balls. Take the tool Christmas balls “Freeform”. We will use the Star and the Snowflake. (If they are not in the set, you need to add, they are in the “All” tab)

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Take the snowflake shape in shape mode Christmas balls. Draw one snowflake on the orange ball. In the tool settings, remove the Style (put a crossed out red square), put the color5E0B61.
Draw a few snowflakes on the ball, do not worry if they will climb over the edges. Select all the Snowflake layers (click on the layers while holding the Ctrl key) and merge them with Ctrl + E.
You can apply to the resulting layer the Free Transform Ctrl + T \ Deformation to place the Snowflakes over the volume of the ball. After transformation, press Enter.

On the Snowflake layer, find the layer with the Orange ball. (this can be done by removing the eye near the layers). While still on the Snowflake layer, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the Orange ball layer. You should have a selection around the ball.
Click Shift + Ctrl + I, to invert the selection, then the Delete key to delete everything outside the ball. Press Ctrl + D to deselect

* if someone fails this step, then everything outside the ball can be simply erased with the Eraser Tool (Eraser Tool (E)) *
You can also try to change the blending mode for this layer, and the opacity.

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Now place the stars on the red ball.

Just like with Snowflakes: draw the stars in white, merge the layers. You can apply Free Transformation \ Deformation. Then, Shift + Ctrl + I, Delete, Ctrl + D.

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Layer Style Options (with Stars):
Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)

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Gradient Parameters

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Result.

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We decorate the blue ball.

Using the “Rectangle” tool, draw several lines on the Blue ball, as we did at the very beginning, drawing stripes on the background, put the color0B296F. Merge all layers with stripes. And apply Free Transformation \ Deformation to the resulting layer. Put layer opacity 40%, and change the blending mode to Linear light (Linear Light).
Although it is possible to experiment with blending modes by selecting some other one.

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Well, here is our final result.

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I do not know why the author chose such insanely striped wallpapers as a background, but I think your imagination is much more extensive and diverse.

I wish you success in this lesson.

Transfer: Semina Irina

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