How to: create a Christmas card in Photoshop

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

It’s only a week to Christmas and you just realized you still have greeting cards to write and send. Well, before freaking out take a look at this simple Photoshop tutorial where you can learn how to create a nice Christmas card in just a few simple steps. You can then print as many copies as you need at your home printer and get all your card stuff done in one evening.

1. Open a blank document in Photoshop. It can be any size you want your card to be, but remember to use at least a 300 dpi resolution, because we’re going to print this later on. Click on Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay and fill in the background with a blue gradient effect.

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

2. Create a new layer and draw a basic tree shape. You can also download this tree shape and open it in your document by clicking on File – Place.

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

3. Create several copies of the tree on your document by pressing Ctrl+J. Assign each layer a different value in opacity and use also different shades of white and blue with color overlays to create an illusion of depth. You can freely resize the tree because it’s a vector graphic and it won’t lose quality.

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

4. Now create a new layer and click on the Custom Shape Tool. Go to the shape menu and look for some snowflakes – you can find them under “Nature”. Start adding snowflakes to this layer, using different shapes and sizes. Once done, turn this layer’s opacity down to around 50.

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

5. Create a text layer and add your personal message with your favorite text font.

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

6. Add some border or shadow effects if you like, and you’re done!

Christmas card Photoshop tutorial

Note: Would you like a different design for your Christmas card? Try the 2008 tutorial!

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