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Christmas season is nearly just around the bend. Have you ever thought to make your own christmas greeting card to give as a gift for your family and friends? If you do, your in luck! For we decided to make a christmas greeting card in our photoshop tutorial.

Today were going to make this glowing Christmas Tree Greeting Card


So lets get this thing started..

1. First set your background to whatever color you like.. i choose red on mine..#a72218.


2. Then set the Gradient Tool(G) to White to Transparent and set the Gradient setting to Radial then apply the White Gradient on top of the Red Layer Background.. I did this mine like this to add highlights on later..


and on the White Gradient Layer Blending options, change the settings to Overlay..


3. So now we start on making the Christmas Tree. Make a triangular shape on our canvass by using the Shape Tool(U), choose the Polygon Shape setting… and set the sides to three(3) to make the triangle


Also we wouldn’t want the bright shining star on top of our tree missing; So again using the Shape Tool(U) choose the Custom Shape icon and choose the black star shape.


Note: If by any chance that the star shape is not on the shape selection, you can easily load it up clicking on the load icon on shapes and the select SHAPE.


and place it on top of the triangle shape


4. So now we have a tree shape. Next we will now draw a wave like line using our Pen Tool(P), Just draw the line
just like so.


5. Now the fun and easiest part.. we will now use our Brush(B) to make the star effect on our tree. First we select our star shaped brush tip on the Brush Preset (F5) and then set the these following settings on the brush tip.

Note: If ever you can’t see the star brush tip for this effect, you can easily load it up by clicking on the side icon and choose the Assorted Brush to load up the star brush tip that we will need for our effect.



So we have our brush settings done, but before applying the brush on our canvass; we must hide the triangle shape we made earlier by clicking the hide layer on the Layers Panel and so we have this.


Then we create a new layer File>Layer>New>Layer and name it whatever you like for example brush star, I just named my New Layer Stroke. So choose again our Pen tool(P) to apply our effect, on the new layer, Right Click and choose stroke path.


And so we now have this new brush effect


6. Now that we have our starry Christmas Tree, we will now apply more effects to our tree to make it more stunning. First select your layer in which you have applied the star brush and then apply this Outer Glow Settings.


With the same process, we now select the star on top of the tree and apply this new settings.


After applying those settings, we now have this:


7. Now that we have our tree I just placed a rectangular box using our shape tool (U) to act as a card to hold our grettings. Tilted it a little using the Free Transform command Ctrl+T:


And then apply this setting on the rectangular shape.

note: on this settings, you can play around as much as you want to achive your desired outcome


8. Then give it your message.. using your Text Tool.. (T) and type your most touching message for your love ones..

Here’s our final product..


You can download the PSD File of the Glowing Christmas Tree Greeting Card Photoshop Tutorial here so you can study it further.

To learn more photoshop effects visit our photoshop tutorial page. You can watch our own free photo shop video tutorials that consists the most basic way of using your photoshop. Or avail our special offers of essential tutorial packages and download our mixed bag of photoshop video tutorials.

Well recently we have been receiving constant email request from our regular readers for a photoshop tutorial that shows how do photoshop masters do the shining effect on their texts.

And we think it’s about time to make that request, actually its the first time since we started this blog, that we used the suggestion of a reader. So for this tutorial we will be doing a shining text effect. In this tutorial we will be learning how photoshop brush can be used in variety of ways.

So lets gets this photoshop tutorial on the roll. We will be making this simple shining text effect:


Step 1: So starting off with the tutorial we will first setup our canvass, any size will do but i did mine 640X480 pixels. Now lets give it a background color#FFD456.


Step 2: Now we have our canvass set, we now make the text were gonna place the effect, so with our text Type Tool(T) we write anything on the canvass. So go on ahead and type anything you want on the canvass. I typed “SPARKLE & SHINE” on mine.


Note: In choosing the font for your effect, try to use a much wider or bold type font to fit this effect, but in any case you have chosen a slim typed of font it will do just fine.

We now apply this settings for our text to be more prettier. Just copy the settings below or adjust it to your liking:


Step 3: Now we move to the step where we setup our brush tip for the shining effect. But before that we must create a new transparent layer on our PSD file. So we go to File>Layer>New Layer (Ctrl+Shft+N) and we name this layer “Shine”.

Onto our brush tip setting, click on our Brush Tip template we choose “Crosshatch” 1 or 4.


Note:By the way “Crosshatch” brush tip is one of the default brush tip for photoshop. If ever you don’t see the brush tip crosshatch, just click on the Load Brush button and select Assorted Brush and the click OK.


Step 4:Now we apply the Crosshatch brush to complete our Shining Effect on our text. Before we apply it though, we must make sure that we are using the White color for your brush. Moving on, select the “Shine” layer we just previously created and then apply the brush effect on selected parts of the text to make it look like its shining. Just like so:


Note: You can adjust the brush tip size to make variation with the shine size to make it more realistic. You can adjust the size by pressing the ([) to make it smaller and (]) to make it bigger. Or you can simply click on the brush tip and drag the Master Diameter to adjust the brush tip size.


Here’s the final artwork we have made:


There’s really many things you can do with photoshop brush from making the actual artwork, or even using it to enhance your design or logo. To learn more on how to use photoshop brush you can visit our photoshop tutorial page and watch our online videos. Also you can try and download our huge collection of artistic photoshop brushes, for more effects to choose from. Get it right our photoshop brush page and start making awesome effects.