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Create a Christmas Pop Up Greeting Card in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 28142 December 12th, 2018

In this new Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create a Christmas pop up greeting card using a beautiful winter landscape. I was inspired by this previous Christmas card Photoshop tutorial to make my own creation. You can use the free greeting card template and put your Christmas design idea inside. I am sure you will came up with some interesting and creative Christmas cards. Don't forget to also check out my Winter Season Photoshop manipulation tutorial.

First you have to download this free greeting card PSD template. I will use the open greeting card template for this tutorial. So download the ZIP file and open the PSD inside it.

We have to select only the "page 1 (" and "page 2 (" smart objects and duplicate them into our "pop up greeting card" PSD file. You can adjust the layer styles for each layer if you want to add more contrast. Don't change the color we will edit it in the next steps.

Open the "page 2 (" smart object and inside this write your text message. Use any font you like, any size, any color. I will use color white and font types LeckerliOne and Intro wich are both free font types. Learn how to install new font in Photoshop

Select the two greeting card page layers and convert them into a smart object called Greeting Card. Now I will add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to add color to the greeting card. You can use any color you want for the Christmas card, simply change the Hue level.

Now let's add a background. Create a new layer below the Greeting Card smart object. Call this layer Winter Sky. Add a Gradient Overlay using these purple tones: #958ea1(location 45%) and #403f43(location 0%)

Make a new layer above the Winter Sky layer and add this snow texture; I used the small size image, I duplicate it several times and used the Clone Stamp Tool to make a seamless texture.

Use the Blur Tool to blur the horizon line. You can also use the Gaussian Blur filter using a soft edge selection.

Now let's change the snow texture a little; for that we'll add two adjustment layers: Brightness/Contrast and Hue/Saturation, with these settings:

In a new layer add some of these pine trees PNG; pick the snow trees, resize them, duplicate several times and place them like shown in the image.

Set the saturation level of the pine trees to around -70; also use the Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur filter like shown in the image:

Add this beautiful decorated Christmas tree and place it inside the greeting card.

Now you have to add a cast shadow effect for the Xmas tree; learn how to create shadow in Photoshop from these useful tutorials. Simply duplicate the tree layer, color it in black and set the opacity of the layer to 50%. Make a selection and use the Distort Tool to change the shadow perspective.

How to Create Falling Snow Effect in Photoshop

If you want to add falling snow effect you can add the falling snow texture and set the blend mode to Screen. You can use these textures snowfall 1 and snowfall 2 with Screen blend mode. Also you can download this snow brushes and add snow using the Brush Tool and color #ffffff.

Here are some more snowfall textures that you can use with Screen blend mode.

Here you can find snowflake vector shapes if you want to add more snow effect. Don't forget to add a shadow for all the snowflakes that fall on the greeting card surface.

For the final touches you can add some sparkle brushes for a little glow and also you can add a lens flare effect like shown in this tutorial.

At the last moment I have decided to add some cute deer buck PNG stock images; make some brightness and saturation adjustments and you should blend them perfectly with the rest of the image. So here is my Christmas winter landscape creatd inside a pop up greeting card, hope you like it. We wish you all to have a Merry Christmas!

Online Christmas Card Maker

Did you know you can use online tools like MockoFun to make Christmas cards?
Combine Christmas vector shapes with text and create some amazing Christmas cards. MockoFun provides pre-made templates for making Christmas cards online in just a few minutes.

Check out this awesome list of over 50 Christmas fonts that you can use online or download for free to use in Photoshop. Combine Christmas fonts with text symbols like a star symbol for example.

Check out this tutorial on how to use the online Christmas Card Maker and all the awesome features that MockoFun has to offer.

Online Christmas Card Maker
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13 comment(s) for "Create a Christmas Pop Up Greeting Card in Photoshop"

2:52 AM Saturday, December 21, 2013
I did this one for my facebook friends and relatives. I put your site in the description area. With the site and goodies that went with it. Thank you so much another wonderful tut. Keep up the fabulous work. I love your tuts reply
2:57 AM Saturday, December 21, 2013
Hi Jeanette, thank you very much for your kind words, We are really glad you like our Photoshop tutorials!
Your Christmas card looks really nice, I hope your Facebook friends and family will think the same way :) reply
1:42 AM Sunday, December 22, 2013
Your Christmas card looks great, I love it! reply
2:32 AM Friday, December 27, 2013
Christmas Festive Greeting Card made by Goree Adam, our friend from facebook reply
1:30 AM Sunday, December 29, 2013
WOW.Thanks for a great lesson. reply
2:59 AM Monday, December 30, 2013
I am glad you like it! reply
6:01 AM Saturday, February 14, 2015
Now that is almost valentines day , i made my own version...thanks for the tutorial, very helpfull on my learning path reply
6:08 AM Saturday, February 14, 2015
That is a really cute Valentine Day greeting card :) reply
3:38 AM Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The best source of learning Photoshop!!

10:15 AM Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Thanks and Mery Christmas !!! reply
3:50 AM Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thanks for the lesson !! I am a great admirer, thank you very much teaching !! reply
3:51 AM Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thank you Tomas! I am glad you like our Photoshop tutorials :) reply
Mireille D
Mireille D
1:06 PM Monday, April 29, 2019
Thank you for the inspiration!
Version in my way and Merry Christmas! reply

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