Christmas Greetings Postcard

 
The idea of all this is to make and aging old school like postcard, so I won't use any complex brushes effects and shading. I want to use mere brushes with even all the pressure sensitivities turned off.

I'm beginning to paint my background.

Christmas Greetings 

Postcard



Christmas Greetings 

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I just left my background slightly toned for now; we will deal with it just a little bit later and now the thing I want to do is to texture my boxes. For this I'm going to do it to deal with my patter brushes and its transformation.

Christmas Greetings 

Postcard

Hold the CTRL key to distort the patterns. Erase the pattern areas where it is needed.

Christmas Greetings 

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Christmas Greetings 

Postcard



Christmas Greetings 

Postcard



Christmas Greetings 

Postcard

Maybe to give some king of drop shadow:

Christmas Greetings 

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Christmas Greetings 

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Christmas Greetings 

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So back to background: I just to render it a little bit more.

Christmas Greetings 

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Christmas Greetings 

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some color adjustments, because I don't really like that colors.

Christmas Greetings 

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Christmas Greetings 

Postcard

I've also exposed some effects using a mask.

Christmas Greetings 

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So basically you can control your colors by using masks and black to white gradients: suggest you try it.

Another thing I really like to do here is to paste some text of course. This time I will put it on the curved patch. Draw a curve using pen tool. Switch to Type Tool: when you are close to the curve the Type Tool icon will change: it means that you can type text on the curve.

Christmas Greetings 

Postcard



Christmas Greetings 

Postcard

And this completes out tutorial. I also did some variants to this image.

This is a clean one:

Christmas Greetings 

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And this is the textured one.

Textured 

Christmas Greetings Postcard

I've done it with the help of textures I've found in the internet.

So I hope you did learn something out of it. I've skipped the texture part but you should know that premade texture can save you a lot of time and even make the result even better: well depending what you really want to see.

Download support files: textures and pattern
   


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4 Responses to "Christmas Greetings Postcard"

 
Chibi Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on 21 Dec 2008 10:39:40 PM MDT
very nice technique!

 
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said this on 26 Mar 2009 4:55:02 AM MDT
Very creative, thanks to this tutorial i discovered a few interesting techniques about merging Sketchup with Photoshop

 
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said this on 06 Apr 2009 8:46:34 PM MDT
That's a really nice holiday greeting card :) Definitely not the usual, its very dramatic and artistic, I love it! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I'll be working on those techniques to create wonderful cards not just for the Christmas season but for every celebration!

 
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said this on 06 Jul 2010 7:30:23 PM MDT
Thanks for the post on creating fun and unique greeting cards. Although you have demonstrated a greeting card for the holiday season, it can really be customized for any occasion. This is a great idea for businesses who want to design their own custom greeting cards, whether to thank customers or wish them season??ôs greetings throughout the year.




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