Making an invitation card in Photoshop

This author created this lesson at the request of Susan from London, who would like to know how to create an invitation similar to the one she saw.

This lesson requires knowledge by layers. In addition, you should know how to set the brushes in Photoshop and how to change them, since the emphasis will be placed on the layers and on a variety of brushes.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Open a new document in Photoshop. From my picture you can see that I used the size of 540 × 360 pixels. Resolution 72 pixels. Obviously, if you are going to print the created invitation, it is better to use a resolution of 150-300 pixels and, accordingly, measure your file (set the appropriate brush size).

I am going to load several brush sets into the palette in order to use them in this lesson. You need to load the following brushes: Grunge Borders, Flowers-Swirls, Heavy Grunge and Manuscripts. All of them are available on the website.

Step 2. First we will use a brush with rough edges with low opacity to create the texture. Click on the keyboard button “AT”, to switch to brush mode. Choose brush Chalk 60 pixels (which is one of the default brushes in Photoshop). Choose a color decb3a (by clicking on the color swatch in the palette, enter the code at the bottom of the palette).

Step 3. Using a brush and the selected color, create a new layer. Call it “yellow.” Set the brush opacity to 20% and draw approximately as shown below.
(Note: when you use an odd color like this, copy the code in the layer name)

Step 4. Repeat the process several times. Go to the settings of the brush and make them random, it is necessary to create a drawing effect. In addition, it will give us some texture and depth of the background of our invitation.

Note: change the direction of the brush, scattering, spacing.

Work with color until you are happy with the result. Turn on creativity, but do not overdo it. Remember that we need to place text on this background.

Step 5. Add a layer mask to the “yellow” layer by clicking on the layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Return the brush opacity 100%. Switch to one of the brushes from the set Grunge border brushes, downloaded by you at the beginning of the lesson.
Using one of the long narrow Grunge border brushes, paint over the layer mask to create uneven edges on our invitation (in this case, when knowledge of how to rotate the brush will be useful).

Step 6. Now set the brush opacity to 20% and move a little further along the edges to add effect. Play with the brush until you achieve the desired effect. Remember that you can change the brush color to white on the layer mask if you have removed too much from the edge.

Step 7. Create a new layer above the “Yellow” layer. Call it “grunge”. Switch the brush to white and select gru7 brush, which is in the set Heavy Grunge brush. Make sure the layer’s opacity is 100%, that the brush is on the canvas, and click add grunge. Drop in layers Fill (occupancy) up to 50%.

Step eight. Next we introduce some visual interest in the photo. Here you can show your creativity. Choose an image that fits the occasion (but avoid pictures of people). I chose this photo from the wedding of my friends, which I did last year. My photo is larger than our document, which will give me a good area for regulation.

Step 9. We can copy the mask that we have already created on the “yellow” layer to the photo layer, just by holding the button Alt and clicking drag the mask from one layer to another.

Stepten. Click on the image of the castle between the layer and the mask. This will allow you to drag the photo regardless of the mask.
Place the photo where you would like to place it, for example, on the left side of the invitation, and then use those brushes (Grunge Borders brushes) over layer mask, masking photo.

Step 11. I want to put on the photo a small old inscription, mix it up for more depth. Therefore, we will create a new layer, on top of the rest, and call it “inscription”. Switch to the brush, make sure the foreground color is white and the opacity of the brush is 100%. Choose one of the brushes Manuscript, which you previously downloaded. Click the brush on the photo.
It will take several attempts to have your photo covered with captions. You can use the command Ctrl-Z to try again.
Change the layer blending mode to Overlay (overlap) and then create clipping mask (clipping mask) by clicking Ctrl-Alt-G.
(Note: you can also create a clipping mask by right-clicking on the “label” layer and selecting “create clipping mask” from the menu)

Step 12. Everything is excellent, but I would like to add one more element before going to the text of the invitation.
Create a new layer on top of the rest. Let’s call it “Decor”. Activate the brush tool with white color and opacity 100%. Choose brush IndianBlockPrint14 from the set Indian block print. Zoom in and rotate the brush so that it is vertical to our photo, and click once. (You can use any brush to create your own unique design.)
You could use a different layer mask to add a small grunge to this layer.
(Note: if you have a large document size, you will need to use this brush several times)

Step 13. Since I’m sure they’ll ask me which fonts I’ve used here, I’ll let you know Champagne, Belphebe and BlairMdITC. Feel free to add something of your own, do not be afraid.

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