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Photoshop a nice Christmas greeting card for your friends and family

Posted on Saturday, December 18th, 2010 in Other by Nick

Now that Christmas time is upon us, we need to show all our friends and loved ones a nice greeting. Today we will show you how you can do that with Photoshop.

Create a new document, size doesn’t matter too much (I used 800×450), and color the background a nice, dark, burgandy color. I used #331d1d

Whip out the text tool, and slap on some nice “Merry Christmas” text. The font should be a nice, script one, cause those look really fancy. I used TheNautiGal. Use a lighter, sort of desaturated red. I used #bd3a3a. Size doesn’t matter too much. Just make it big enough to draw attention.

Right-click on the Merry Christmas text layer, and go to Blending Options. Check off Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay. Use the following settings:

Lookin’ good yet? Mine looks like this:

Move the Merry Christmas text up a bit, we’re done with that layer for now. Take out your text tool once more, this is where we get personal. Type in the name of whoever you wanna send this to. In my case, Nick. Font: Garamond / Color: #96bd3a / Size: 110pt.

(bold up the text if you think it looks too thin)
Right-click on the name layer, and hit Blending Options. Check off Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss, use the following settings:
How’s it lookin? Like mine, a bit?
Now we’re gonna add some textual ornaments. Does that make sense? I hope so. Anyway, I’m gonna use a font called “Vignette” by ParaType, but you can find these shapes all around the internet, even in the default Photoshop Shapes. Slap on two of ’em, above and below the name. Since the name text seems to be raised from the rest, we’re gonna place the ornaments a little more towards the bottom, to sell the effect.
Go to the blending options for one of the ornament layers, set the fill opacity to 30%, and then use the following options:

Right-click that layer, click “Copy Layer Style,” then right-click on the second ornament layer, and click “Paste Layer Style.” Mine:
You may wanna reposition things as you go on, so don’t be afraid to do so. Go down to background layer, right-click, “Layer from Background,” and open up the Blending Options on that bad boy. Check off Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay. These settings really bring it together:
Do you absolutely love it? I like how mine looks:
Well, you’re done! You can add your own finishing touches if you’d like, or you can email that sucka right now! It’s up to you, let your creative side take over. Spending more time with it, making it your own, etc. It’s fun, and there’s a lot you could do:

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