Designing Your Own Christmas Card | Sharon Mapuvire | Skillshare

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Designing Your Own Christmas Card

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Step 1 Placing your vector

    • 3. Step 2 Adding your text

    • 4. Step 3 The Glitter Effect

    • 5. Outro

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About This Class


Hi Guys! Christmas is fast approaching and sometimes the best gifts are those you've made on your own. In this quick and easy tutorial, I'm going to teach you guys how to make your own Christmas glitter card in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to design a card using ready made vectors
  • How to use the illustrator tools to create a centered text message
  • How to create a 'the glitter effect' to produce sparkling realistic-looking glitter designs

Links for class material:

  • For Vectors -
  • The Solid Fill Layer Colour I selected was #fffbed
  • For digital paper texture -, or just look in google images.
  • For Gold Glitter Layer -

Always use high quality, large sized jpegs when downloading from Google.

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: hi, guys. I mean, it takes you in three simple steps. How to design your own Christmas card on to add a glitter effect to us with looks very realistic. And you can use this design. Teoh. Print out your own cards to send to your family and friends, Order to make your wrapping paper, or even to make digressions in three simple steps so easy and you're gonna be able to create anything you can think off what starts. 2. Step 1 Placing your vector : So I opened my documents and I sized it at five by seven. Anxious. So when you open illustrator, you just go to the new document and you select five by seven and five by seven is the standard size for a greeting card. But if you're deciding to use this design for something larger, like wrapping paper, obviously you go bigger. And once you've done that perspective file, it could be anything. I chose Santa and his reindeers, and it was a have a fixer off stars. Copy that, Victor, and I'm gonna paste that I'm gonna face all across the page in a random pattern. And I've placed below and class and forward to get all these lengths Where you to go to get vectors? Usually very contrite sites like Vic TC or all free download. They give out free vectors. I'm just gonna use the selection tool, Teoh change to resize the star so that I have different sizes. So it's not like some monotonous pattern all across the card. A copy and paste all over. Andi, just have fun with it. Do whatever you feel like doing this is just just see how creative you can be as creative as you possibly can go and place here. I wanted to look like Santa and his reindeers are this flying across the stars like on the stars on a Milky Way pathway Sort off And then when it's place, um, giant stars all across out to the pat Since we have a pretty cool design Looks pretty good , great. 3. Step 2 Adding your text : So now we're gonna do is we're gonna add a text, and you can type whatever you want to type. I'm gonna type the traditional message, so I'm gonna tie Merry Christmas. I'm gonna use, like, Giants lectures. Do you do? Very simple place. The guys that I would know where I wanted my letters to be. And what I'm actually going to do is I'm gonna center the text. I want the word married to be in the center off Words Christmas window. I'm going to scroll down You, um type. Open up the paragraphs. See? Go to paragraph and you choose the sickle column. And that's for center. Just like Microsoft Word seven that centered and try to make sure that you text is in the center did that. I think that's all that we need to do. Now. We're gonna move Teoh Adobe Photo Shop 4. Step 3 The Glitter Effect : going to create a solid color. Good. You get a layer new Phil Harris on the color. I'm so sorry about those guys. How the screen cast Sort of cutting off my page My window It will open later on. But below I've listed like the color that I picked and I've been started a layer off a paper texture There's a link for that too. And I'm gonna change that layer to multiply so that it's really faint So the solid color is not so solid. Trust me when you zoom in you see the details and I'm gonna add a glitter layer like below Also gold glitter layer and you go select your illustrator layer this one just right click on it and choose select pixels and it will highlights a whole layer. Go back to your gold slayer while clicking on your gold glare You copy and the new paste and then form A You end up with gold everywhere. So we're gonna copy this gold layer duplicated, started going duplicates slayers who have two of these gold layers and we going to change. So hide your illustrated vector file and then we're going to change. Hm duplicated layer to 70% and then you're gonna change it to multiply, just like it did with the paper layer. And it looks so much better. It has intense see, and we're pretty much done. You can see all the laser added in the color field paper layers layer one, and then you have you to glitter layers, and you're pretty much done so you can send this out to friends. You can print it out, or you can use this designed to make decorations, wrapping paper. Whatever your heart desires. It is so simple. So guys, try this with your own vector designs. Trying humorous signs. Try different glitter tones and colors. Silver glitter, pink litter, blue glitter. Just have fun with this super easy, and you end up with these amazing, beautiful card designs that you can print out and send to your friends. I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and check out my other class. It's a bit more advanced, but I think still fun and thanks a lot. Free support guys share this class, have enjoyed it 5. Outro : don't.