Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

What your mother, father, sister, brorher, etc would like to get on Christmas more than anything, is a hand-made greeting card. If you have no color paper and glue, create it in Photoshop.

Start creating the file (File>New), that would have 800×300 px and 100 dpi.
Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to represent the background of the picture we want to have on the final stage of our work.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select the next parameters by making a mouse click on the layer we work with on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to draw now the primary layer of a Christmas toy decoration

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select the previous instrument and picture out three more toy decorations of different colors.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The parameter Blending Options>Outer Glow is the same for all the toys (the same with the red toy decoration). The parameters for the blue toy decoration: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The parameters for the violet toy decoration: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Next we’ll make the top part of the decorations, applying the Rectangle Tool (U) and correcting the elements’ parts with the Convert Point Tool.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make three copies of the layer containing the top part of the decoration and select Free Transform option to make the necessary copies smaller, placing them as it is shown below:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Let’s make the threads now the toys hang up with. In this case we should choose the Line Tool (U) and place the threads’ layers lower than the layers containing the colored toys (on the layers’ panel). Select also this color - #7B7B7B.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Insert now some ornaments on our toys by applying the Pen Tool (P) and making the appropriate corrections on them with the Convert Point Tool.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Using the earlier described method and the same layer’s parameters, try to picture another ornament of the same kind.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Take the Pen Tool (P) to represent one more ornament on the toy, drawing firstly its outside edges and then after changing the tool’s regime, cutting out the inside elements.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select now the Custom Shape Tool (U) and press SHIFT button to draw several stars of different sizes and white color for painting the blue toy decoration.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Using the Ellipse Tool (U) on this stage, it’s possible to represent a half-moon of white color, creating for the beginning the moon’s basis and only after that pressing Alt button for moving off the unnecessary elements.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Let’s decorate now the violet toy by choosing the Pen Tool (P) of white color too.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make a mouse click on Add a Mask option on the lowest part of the layers’ panel and select the Brush Tool (B) of black color to erase the coming outside the edges some ornament’s parts.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) to insert another ornament on the violet toy decoration, having the white color.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Use again Add a Mask selection when choosing the Brush Tool (B) to erase the unnecessary ornament’s parts, coming outside the toy’s edges:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select again the Rectangle Tool (U) for drawing two small stripes of white color. In this case we’ll apply the same described method above for erasing those parts coming outside the toy’s edges:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Each element of the violet toy has the same layer’s parameters: Fill 70%

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Let’s choose again the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent a highlight on the red Christmas toy decoration.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make two copies of the layer containing the highlight and select the Free Transform option to make the copies’ sizes according to the toys they are situated on.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Let’s represent now a kind of brilliance on the red toy, applying the Pen Tool (P) and then the Convert Point Tool for introducing the necessary changes on the element’s shape. The color in this case is white.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make three copies of the last made layer and select again the Free Transform option to turn the copies over, making them smaller and trying to get the shape of a star.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The brilliance’s layers have the same layer’s parameters: Fill 50%

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Combine in a group all the layers composing the brilliance (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and after that hold on left mouse’s button while taking the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Make three copies of the last created group and select the Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as it is shown next picture:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Select now the Custom Shape Tool (U) to draw s white small snowflake:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Fill 50%

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make a lot of copies of the last represented layer and choose the Free Transform selection that is helpful when changing the copies’ sizes and their placement on the picture.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Use the Rectangle Tool (U) for picturing a paraffin candle.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

On the candle’s top part we’ll try to represent a melt wax, colored with #CCECF4. Select for this operation the Pen Tool (P) and make the corresponding correction on the element’s shape with the Convert Point Tool.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Now we shall draw the primary layer of the candle’s flame, applying the Ellipse Tool (U) and lifting up a little the flame’s top with the Convert Point Tool.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make a copy of the last made layer and choose the Free Transform option to make the copy smaller and placing it the way indicated next image. The color this time should be #FFEC00. Move off the copy the next parameter: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Take the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw next the candle’s wick, colored with #98726E

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Combine in a group all the layers composing the candle and its flame (press Ctrl button to accentuate the necessary layers and then hold on left mouse’s button when moving the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Make a copy of the last made group and select the Free Transform option to make the copy smaller and place it as it is represented next image:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

We may introduce on our picture near the candle a fir tree’s twig, selecting in this case the Pen Tool (P).

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make three copies of the twig’s layer and select again the Free Transform option to turn the copies over and place them as it is shown next picture:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Use the previous tool to make another fir tree’s twig, colored with #005F26

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Make again three copies of the last made layer and select the Free Transform option to turn the copies over as it is demonstrated below:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Next we should draw a leaf, colored in the next presented color - #33A02C. This time we’ll choose also the Rectangle Tool (U) and then press Alt button when using another tool – Ellipse Tool (U) to make the drawn element looking like a real leaf.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Try to represent the leaf’s veins with the Pen Tool (P) and the color #257320

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

It’s time to combine in a group all the layers composing the leaf and its veins (press Ctrl button for marking out the necessary layers and then hold on left mouse’s button to take down the accentuated layers on Create a new group option). Make several copies of the last made group and select the Free Transform option to turn over the copies, making them look a little inclined. Some of the copies need their basic color to be changed on #118D0F and #54AC43.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Next we shall draw a berry and insert it on the picture, applying the Ellipse Tool (U).

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Gradient’s parameters:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Choose the same Ellipse Tool (U) to represent several highlights of white color on the made berry.

Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Combine in a group all the layers composing the berry. Make five copies of the group and select the Free Transform option to place the copies as it is represented next image:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

Write now the holiday congratulation inscription, keeping the demands from the table below:

Merry Christmas Greeting Card
Merry Christmas Greeting Card

The picture is finished!
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