Create a bright, colorful text in Photoshop

Today we look at a nice and simple tutorial, with which you will learn how to create an abstract card with colorful shapes using simple methods and tools such as Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), Brush (Brush Tool), layer style etc. in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Let’s start!

Let’s start working with creating a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 300. Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We had such a background.

Write the text for the greeting card. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T). Select a font, size and color in the symbol panel.

Write 2012. Press Enter to apply the text.

Hold down the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail of the layer with numbers in the layers panel to create a selection.

Return to the background layer (make sure it is active), paste the mask on the layer by clicking on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel and press CTRL + I to invert the colors. Click the eye icon next to the layer of numbers to hide it in the document window.

Now we have to decorate the numbers, creating in this case small circles of different colors. This layer will be located under the background layer. Use Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) to draw the first ellipse.

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Continue to draw the ellipses:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Draw another shape:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Draw another ellipse:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

We continue to draw ellipses:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

We continue to draw circles, we will decorate the number 2 using Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U).

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Draw another shape:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

We continue to draw ellipses:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Another ellipse:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Draw another shape:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Another ellipse:

Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

We continue to draw figures:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.
(Gradient Editor).

We get the following result:

Finally the last figure:

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Using the same method, you can decorate other numbers. Do not forget to place the layers of circles below the background layer.

Create a new layer and select a soft round. Brush (Brush) to paint around the figure 0.

Choose a color with the tool Pipette (Eyedropper Tool) (i). Place this layer under the background layer and under several circles belonging to the digit. 0, to get the corresponding effect.

Create a new layer and select a soft round. Brush (Brush) white color, mentioned in the previous example, draw on numbers, as shown in the picture below. Place this layer under the background layer.

Set the Fill to 54% for this layer and change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overlay).

Let’s draw a little more on the numbers. If necessary, we can paste the mask on the layer by clicking on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel and select soft round Brush (Brush) in black (set the Opacity to 40% in the options bar).

Use this brush to paint on the mask to hide the numbers in white, as shown in the image below. Place a layer under the background layer.

Create a new layer (Create a new layer) and use the tool Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) (M) to make the following selection. Apply Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) to fill the selection with black.

Move on Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur).

We get the following result:

Select after this command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), squeeze the layer horizontally and place it below:

Paste the mask now on the newly made shadow layer by clicking on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel and select soft round Brush (Brush) in black (set the Opacity to 40% in the options bar).

Use this brush to hide the shadow layer slightly.

Press the button Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select, Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown, to make small color adjustments.

We get the following result:

Well, now, we have to draw snowflakes. In this case, create a new layer (Create a new layer) and select Brush (Brush) white.

Use this brush to create many small circles. Choose different Brush sizes and Opacity values.


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Our colorful greeting card is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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