New year rushes to us!

If you want to learn how to create a greeting card for the holidays, then we have a very beautiful lesson for you. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful background with stars using brushes. You will also learn how to create Christmas balls with the tool. Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) and Layer styles (Layer Styles) 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

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop CS6, document size 1000px x 1000px (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.

While on a new layer, using the selected brush, draw several spots of a different color, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lighter (Lighter color) value Fillings (Fill) reduce to 55%.

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U), In the top settings panel, click the window Figure (Shape) to open the standard shape selection menu. Find the figure of a five-pointed star, and then double-click to select a star.

Click + drag with the mouse to draw a few stars. Color stars # 85584C.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

For each layer with a star, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar by clicking on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask), then, being on the layer mask, press (CTRL + I) to invert the mask color. Choose a soft round brush in white.

Being on the layer mask of the layer with stars, paint over the selected brush on the shapes of stars to make visible those parts of the stars that we need. Vary the diameter of the brush.

Next, with the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), draw a small ellipse, ellipse color # CBA095.

Next, go to the bookmark Mask (Mask), which is located in the layers palette and in the settings, set the parameter Feathering (Feather) at 48px (if you can’t find this tab in the layers palette, then go Window – Mask (Windows> Masks) to activate this tab):

Next, draw three more ellipses, the color of ellipses # CBA095, using the same tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U). Value Feathering (Feather) – 0px.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 23% for each layer with an ellipse:

Create a new layer, select a soft round brush. Next, we need to adjust the brush, for this we go to the bookmark Brushes (Brushes (F5), select option Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape). Set the size, spacing, angle of the brush, as shown in the screenshot below.

Apply option Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics) by setting the following values:

Apply option Scattering (Scattering):

Apply option Transition (Transfer):

Apply a customized brush, draw a lot of dots in white, as shown in the screenshot below:

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 18% for a given layer with white dots.

Create a new layer, select a soft round brush.

While on a new layer, using the selected brush, draw several spots of a different color, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge) decrease the value Fillings (Fill) up to 62%.

Next, draw some more ellipses using the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), color # CBA095.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 23% for each layer with an ellipse, which were drawn in the previous step:

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), color # CBBC95, draw more ellipses.

Next, go to the bookmark Mask (Mask), which is located in the layers palette and in the settings, set the parameter Feathering (Feather) at 48px (if you can’t find this tab in the layers palette, then go Window – Mask (Windows> Masks) to activate this tab):

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U), In the top settings panel, click the window Figure (Shape) to open the standard shape selection menu. Find the figure of a five-pointed star, and then double-click to select a star.

Click + drag with the mouse to draw a few stars.

For each layer with a star, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar by clicking on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask), then, being on the layer mask, press (CTRL + I) to invert the mask color. Choose a soft round brush in white. Paint over top of those parts of the stars so that these areas become visible again. Vary the opacity of the brush.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 29% for each layer with an asterisk.

Next, we will draw a Christmas ball, select the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U) to draw an ellipse.

To the layer with the drawn figure add Layer styles (Add a layer style) through the bottom toolbar, next, select the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

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).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), draw a Christmas ball in white.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 36% for this layer.

To the ball layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar by clicking on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask), next, select a soft round brush of black color, the opacity of the brush is 80%.

While on a layer mask with a white ball, paint over the bottom with a brush to hide this part, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, we will draw a decorative texture for our Christmas tree ball. Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U) to draw multiple stars, color stars # FFE866.

Merge all the layers with asterisks that you drew in the previous step 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 lower settings panel).

Next, we need to rasterize the group, for this, being on a layer with a group, press the keys (CTRL + E) to create a merged layer.

Using tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), you can reduce the size of the created star texture, as well as rotate the texture 30 degrees to the right. Duplicate the rasterized layer with asterisks, then use the tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), create the desired ornament or pattern of the Christmas tree pattern.

Merge both rasterized layers into one rasterized layer (hold down the CTRL + key and select the layers in the layers palette, and then press the keys (CTRL + E) to merge the selected layers)

Go to the layer with the drawn Christmas tree ball, hold down the CTRL + key and click on the layer thumbnail to load the active ball selection. We will get the following active selection:

Next, go to the rasterized layer with a star texture, and then go Filter – Distortion – Spherization (Filter> Distort> Spherize).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Add a layer mask to hide a part of the star texture located outside the active selection area:

Change the blending mode for the star texture layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), further, decrease the value Fillings (Fill) up to 75%.

The newly created layer must be rasterized with a new layer. To do this, create a new layer on top of a layer with a star texture, then select both layers in the layers palette, and then press the keys (CTRL + E) to merge them into one layer.

To the created layer, add a layer mask. Next, go to the layer layer mask and press the keys (CTRL + I) to invert the color on the layer mask. Choose a soft round brush of white color, paint it in the middle of the star texture to make this part visible, leaving dark areas along the edge of the Christmas ball.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Duplicate the Christmas ball layer, delete the layer styles. Next, move this duplicate layer to the top, placing it on top of all layers, reduce the value Fillings (Fill) to 0%.

Next, add Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar and in the window that appears, select the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, we will create a mount for the Christmas ball using the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U). Draw a rectangle, as shown in the screenshot below. Place this layer below the layer with the ball.

To the layer with the drawn figure add Layer styles (Add a layer style) through the bottom toolbar, next, select 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).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, add another ball mount element with the tool. Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), draw the element, as in the screenshot below, the color of the additional element # FFF799.

Next, draw the next fastening element. First apply the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U), we will create the base, then using the tool Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool), add one anchor point to the top edge and five anchor points to the bottom edge of the drawn shape. Adding anchor points allows you to change the shape outline. The contour can be corrected by the tool. Angle (Convert Point Tool).

Translator’s Note: to create a convex top surface, add a support point, pull its top, and then correct with the tool Angle (Convert Point Tool).

To the layer with the drawn figure add Layer styles (Add a layer style) through the bottom toolbar, next, select 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).

Apply option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Now we draw a ring for mounting the ball. To do this, select the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), draw the first ellipse. Once you have drawn the ellipse, then hold the (Alt) key + draw the second ellipse inside the first one and you will have a ring or you can perform the same operation as follows draw the first ellipse, activate the option Subtract shape from area (-) (Subtract from shape area (-), and then draw a second ellipse on top of the first to cut the center of the ellipse and get the shape of the ring, as shown in the screenshot below. Place the layer with the ring below the layers with the ball and fasteners.

Next, add to the layer with the ring Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar and in the window that appears, select the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).

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).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Our Christmas tree ball is complete!

Merge all the layers with the Christmas ball into one group, including fasteners, the ring (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.

Duplicate the layer with the created group, and then rasterize the duplicate of the layer with the group, for this, being on the duplicate layer with the group, press the keys (CTRL + E) to create a merged layer.

Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), reduce the size of the Christmas ball, placing it as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, duplicate the original layer with the Christmas ball again. First, inside the duplicate group, delete the layer that we created to darken the edges of the ball, then change the settings Layer styles (layer’s style).

Inside the duplicate group, double-click the ball layer to activate the layer styles and in the window that appears, select 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).

Next, change the settings in the option Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) to the layer with asterisks.

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).

Next, change the settings in the option Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) to the layer with ball fasteners:

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 should have the following result:

The group with which we have just carried out the correction of layer styles should also be rasterized, as we have done before. Using tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), reduce the size of the ball by placing it as shown in the screenshot below:

Duplicate the last layer with the Christmas ball that we just worked with. Using tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), reduce the size of the ball by positioning it as shown in the screenshot below: Place the duplicate ball layer below the layer with the red Christmas ball group.

Next, we will draw a decorative thread for Christmas balls. To do this, select the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), set the option Layer layer (Shape Layers) in the settings drawing mode (drawing mode). Next, draw a vertical line, as shown in the screenshot below.

In the version of the program Adobe Photoshop CS6, a new convenient option has appeared. Stroke (Stroke), when you have an active figure, in the drop-down menu, set the following settings for Strokes (Stroke) of our thread, Fill (Fill) – Turn off (None), Stroke color (Stroke color) – # FFF799, Stroke Type (Stroke type) – Dotted line (Dotted):

Place the decorative thread layer below the layers with the Christmas balls.

Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 49% for a layer with a decorative thread.

Duplicate the layer with decorative thread for balls four times, changing the size of the threads on each duplicate layer. Thread sizes are shown in the screenshot below. Arrange the decorative threads as shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new layer, then choose a soft round brush of white color (brush opacity is 40%).

Use the brush on the Christmas balls to create light effects:

Change the blending mode for the new layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Create a new layer, select the tool. Fill(Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill a new layer with the color shade # CB9659.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and also set the value Fillings (Fill) by 20%.

And we finished the lesson! So, we have created a greeting card with Christmas balls. Thank you for being with me during the lesson.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Final result

Author: adobetutorialz

Translator: Sadigaliyev Marat

Link to the PSD file of the lesson

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