Christmas Ornament – Create One from Scratch

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowPretty and painless and priceless and free,
Here’s a cool tip, I'm sure you'll agree.
Since trimming your tree is over and done,
Then add this to a layout for tons of good fun!

Tons of good fun? Now how can that be?
Cuz you’re sitting in front of your ‘puter with ME!
I love sending cheery good tips out your way,
Especially if I have something special to say.

To all my friends at DigitalScrapper.com,
Happy New Year to you, each and every one.

Here's a terrific tip to add to all those holiday pages you'll be making in this brand new year.

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Step 1: New Document

  • Open (File > New > Blank File) a 5×5 inch document with a transparent background.
  • Click on the foreground Color Chip.
  • Choose the color you want your ornament to be. I chose #910909.

  • Click on the background Color Chip.
  • Change the color to white if it isn't already.

Step 2: Elliptical Marquee Tool

  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested with the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar choose the New Selection icon. “Feather” should be 0 px.
  • Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle in the center of your document. Press the Space Bar to reposition while dragging.
  • Press Alt Delete (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the circle with the Foreground color.
  • Do not deselect.

Step 3: Burn Tool

  • Get the Burn tool.
  • In the Options Bar open the Brush Picker and choose a Soft Round Brush. Set the Size to 400 px, the Range to Midtones, and the Exposure to 50%.

  • On the document, drag the cursor around the selection outline as shown in the screenshot below.

  • In the Menu Bar choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
    • Enter 8 pixels for the Radius.
    • Click OK.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 4: Add a Highlight

  • In the Menu Bar choose Layer > New Layer.
  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool.
  • Drag out an oval inside the ornament where the highlight would be. See the screenshot below.
  • Press Ctrl Delete (Mac: Cmd Delete) to fill the oval with the background color (white).
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

  • In the Menu Bar choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
    • Enter 90 pixels for the Radius.
    • Click OK.
  • In the Layers panel, change the Opacity of the highlight layer to 60%.

Step 5: Hanger

Step 6: Merge and Save

  • In the Menu Bar choose Select > All Layers.
  • Choose Layer > Merge Layers.
  • Save (File > Save As) the document as a PNG file to preserve the transparent pixels.
  • Drag the ornament onto your scrapbook page.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Christmas Ornament, by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0
Photo: by Jen White
Featured kit: “Christmas Past” by ScrapKitchen Designs. This kit is former Premier kit, and will soon be available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this “Christmas Ornament” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: New Document

  • Open (File > New) a 5×5 inch document with a transparent background.
  • Click on the foreground Color Chip.
  • Choose the color you want your ornament to be. I chose #910909.

  • Click on the background Color Chip.
  • Change the color to white if it isn't already.

Step 2: Elliptical Marquee Tool

  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested with the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar choose the New Selection icon. “Feather” should be 0 px.
  • Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle in the center of your document. Press the Space Bar to reposition while dragging.
  • Press Alt Delete (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the circle with the Foreground color.
  • Do not deselect.

Step 3: Burn Tool

  • Get the Burn tool.
  • In the Options Bar open the Brush Picker and choose a Soft Round Brush that is 400 px. Set the Range to Midtones and the Exposure to 50%.

  • On the document, drag the cursor around the selection outline as shown in the screenshot below.

  • In the Menu Bar choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
    • Enter 8 pixels for the Radius.
    • Click OK.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 4: Add a Highlight

  • In the Menu Bar choose Layer > New Layer.
  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool.
  • Drag out an oval inside the ornament where the highlight would be. See the screenshot below.
  • Press Ctrl Delete (Mac: Cmd Delete) to fill the oval with the background color (white).
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

  • In the Menu Bar choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
    • Enter 90 pixels for the Radius.
    • Click OK.
  • In the Layers panel, change the Opacity of the highlight layer to 60%.

Step 5: Hanger

Step 6: Merge and Save

  • In the Menu Bar choose Select > All Layers.
  • Choose Layer > Merge Layers.
  • Save (File > Save As) the document as a PNG file to preserve the transparent pixels.
  • Drag the ornament onto your scrapbook page.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Christmas Ornament, by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Photo: by Jen White
Featured kit: “Christmas Past” by ScrapKitchen Designs. This kit is former Premier kit, and will soon be available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this “Christmas Ornament” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.