Create a festive postcard in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a “Happy New Year 2017” postcard in Photoshop to give it to your loved ones and wish them a happy new 2017 year.

From the translator: since this lesson is translated from French, the phrase “Happy New Year” sounds Bonne annee!

Final image

To get started, open a new document sized 1500 to 1500px, specify Resolution (Resolution)72dpi, Color Mode (Color Mode): RGB Color (RGB Colors), 8 bits.

Then add a fill layer. Gradient (Gradient) through the menu Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient(Layer> Fill New Layer> Gradient).

Then take the tool Text (Text) (T) and enter “2 17” with a space between the numbers 2 and 17, using the font AltonaBold.

Then go to the overlay options.

Add the second text “Bonne Annee” and apply the same layer styles.

Now create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) place it below the text layer, take the tool Brush (Brush) (B) and draw a white outline like below.

Then take the tool Ellipse (Ellipse) (U) and draw a circle with a white outline 4px.

Duplicate and move the circle a few pixels left or right.

Then change its blending mode to Overlay (Overlap).

After that, do the same thing several times to get the next effect.

Now create a new layer, take the tool Brush (Brush) (B) and draw stars with a brush Stars.

Then do the same with the next brush (from this lesson) in yellow color # c3c362.

Translator’s Note: To make a brush like this, create a 500x500px document; take the tool Ellipse (Ellipse) (U) and draw a circle of gray (# 6d6d6d).

Draw another white circle.

Take Eraser (Eraser) and erase the area to the left.

Draw another circle as shown below.

Erase the bottom with Eraser (Eraser) round shape and Hardness (Hardness) 0%.

Duplicate the layer and correct it with (Ctrl + T).

Repeat the same steps for the opposite side.

Merge all layers into one (Ctrl + E) except the background layer.

Then go to menu Edit> Define Brush Preset (Edit> Define Brush).

Return to the main document take Brush (Brush) and select the brush you recently created.

Then press the F5 key and go to the menu Windows> Shape (Window> Forms).

The brush is ready. You can draw.

Then add a fill layer. Gradient (Gradient) through the menu Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient (Layer> Fill New Layer> Gradient).

Then change the blending mode to Linear Burn (Line dimmer).

Now paste the following Bokeh texture (effet-rouge-et-bleu-avec-photoshop.zip) into the document and set it up as shown below.

Using tool Eraser (Eraser) or layer masks wipe edges.

Finally, change the blending mode to Screen (Screen).

And here is the end result.

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