Create a Greeting Card for Christmas and New Year

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A very detailed Photoshop tutorial where i will show you how to create a greeting card for Christmas and New Year Holidays to impress your relatives and friends. This Photoshop tutorial is very simple but the result looks so amazing!


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Create a Greeting Card for Christmas and New Year

Step 1

Create a new document with size of 800 x 600 pixels and fill it with black color.

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Step 2

Now I would like to create abstract snowing on the picture. We can do it by using the Pen Tool. But before we can start, we have to change some presets of the Brush Tool which we will be using in the future. Select the Brush Tool, a soft round brush about 15 pixels and opacity at 61%.

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Then click the button “Toggle the Brushes Palette” on the Options Bar to open brush preset window or go to Windows > Brushes. Here we can see a couple of presets. Update them for current brush:

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Step 3

Set foreground color as white (#ffffff). Create new layer, after that select Pen Tool (you need to make sure you are working with Paths instead of Shape Layers). Draw out one straight line using paths:

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Click on start point to close path. Then right-click and select Stroke Path:

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A little dialog box will appear as in the screenshot. Choose Brush and make sure there is a tick next to Simulate Pressure. This is important as it will give your line tapered ends which will make it rock!

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The picture will be similar to mine:

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Step 5

Next right click again and select Delete Path. Then add more lines on the same way.

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Step 6

You can change brush size, so the picture will look more interesting:

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Step 7

Duplicate current layer (Ctrl+J) and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with next parameters:

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Step 8

We are finished with creating snow; let’s move to the next step.
Create new layer above, then select the Gradient Tool and fill this layer with Spectrum linear gradient (this is one of standard Photoshop gradients).

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After thart change layer mode to Soft Light for this gradient layer and you will see total difference in coloring.

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Step 9

Before we start adding text, we have to make some dark mat to divide text from the background. For this effect, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool to create selection similar to mine on screenshot below and fill this selected area with black to transparent linear gradient on the new layer.

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Step 10

Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Now is time to add the text. Get out the Horizontal Type Tool and write out some text with white color in two lines. For this Photoshop tutorial I´ve used Arial (30 pt, Normal, Black, Crisp) font which is one of standard Windows fonts.

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Step 11

Then we have to add the year, but I want to put it in a small box. Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Mode: Shape layers, Radius: 5px) to create small box above the text with white color also.

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Step 12

After that select the Horizontal Type Tool again and add the year with the same font (Color: Black, Size: 16 pt, Black, Crisp).

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Step 13

Again add one more text line a little bit down. But before you start writing the text, just change some text presets for this text line:

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Step 14

Now you can add one more text line:

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Step 15

Change opacity for this layer to 40%.

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Final Image

We are almost finished with creating our greeting card. The last one thing that we have to add a little bit visible white circles. Select the Brush Tool (Opacity: 20%) and a hard round brush to add different size circles to the greeting card canvas.

Create a Greeting Card for Christmas and New Year

Looks cool, isn’t it? That is it. Card looks amazing to you as for me? You can send this card to your friends and relatives, hope, they will be happy to get this card from you! :)

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33 Responses

  1. n66ee says:

    wow… first comment hehe…
    wew…nice tutorial for moment…

  2. dudullu says:

    wooww 2011 Christmas any wonderfull..
    I love you 2010 :(

  3. jeep says:

    useful tutorial for beginners
    thanks

  4. Jack Tekon says:

    Great Christmas Card I created one and set it to all my friends, thanks!

  5. Mayank says:

    Really nice one…!! I too made it and looking very cool !! Thanks for the tutorial & Happy Holidays !! :D

    • FHKhalil says:

      i draw the straight line with the pen tool .. but when i choose stroke path (step 4) it doesn’t give me any result ! … what can i do to fix this ???

      • MrsTScott says:

        I couldn’t get this to work either, so we ended up using the Brush tool instead.
        I’d love to know why it didn’t and how to fix it.

  6. peter says:

    a little similar the Matrix,i think.two different method,the other use plugins.

  7. josh says:

    amazing tutorial and an amzing result.thanks.

  8. it’s such as colorfull matrix.. :D
    great, simple effect for maximal result…
    .thanks

  9. wisnu says:

    cool dude!!

  10. Tanjareen says:

    Love how simplistic, yet eye catching this image this. Great tutorial!

  11. Gianluca says:

    Cool tip using Pen Tool to brush an area :) thx:)

  12. Javil says:

    That’s looking great.
    Simple but effective!

  13. bawaphix says:

    cool

  14. ray says:

    okay so i did fine till step 8, when i apply the gradient on the new layer it puts gradient over everything, that is the snow isnt the one that is coloured , the whole pic is… what do i do?

    • jarrod says:

      after u apply the gradiant and it covers the whole screen then change the gradiant to soft light.. u need to read up more my friend.

  15. vezir says:

    just word

    PERFECT!!!

  16. Yasin says:

    It’s so cool and good. I send it to my girl friend and she loves it. thanx

  17. Dj says:

    wooooooo It’s so simple… thx for sharing with us… dj

  18. Kulwinder buttar says:

    Thanks, this is very helpful for me

  19. shaniqua says:

    Just Perfect. =]

  20. jeetender says:

    so good thans for share

  21. shahinur says:

    Wow! what a nice design. I follow always photoshopstar. thanks for share it.

  22. Ghanshyam Lalit says:

    Very usefull…
    Got new tricks about use of paths & gradients.
    I am thankful.

  23. Amber says:

    I made the line and when I tried to do the stroke path it did not change. I did everything the settings for the brush said but the line just is still the plain line

  24. Vicky says:

    Thank you. Very beautiful !!!!

  25. Skyman says:

    Which version of Photoshop is this, and did you use RGB settings?

  26. Nataly G says:

    It’s really creative, I’m a high school studrent and my class is doing this as a project. And it’s really fun!!! :)
    Thanks. for the idea!!! <3

  27. ABDUL NASAR says:

    wishing you all the very best for 2013

  28. divikrish says:

    great creativity!!!!but u could use much more screen shots and explanations so that the beginners could understand easily..the tutorial which you have given above is easier only for those who know photoshop well..thank you…

  29. Rizwan says:

    Very Creative :)

  30. shrminhossainmila says:

    this project is very nice