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This Photoshop Tutorial used lots of drawing techniques. I will show you how I'd used pen tool, layer style, gradient and brushes to create a beautiful Valentine background with moon and heart.

By pureromance88, on February 14, 2011, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

This Photoshop Tutorial used lots of drawing techniques. I will show you how I'd used pen tool, layer style, gradient and brushes to create a beautiful Valentine background with moon and heart.

  • Resources needed:
  • Renaissance font LINK
  • Star brush LINK

 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
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Step 1:

 

Create a new document (1000x1000 px) and fill it with black.

Create a new gradient fill layer:

 
 
 

Step 2:

 

Create a New Layer, use Pen Tool to create a wane moon shape:

 

After hitting Ctrl+Enter to make selection, choose Radiant Gradient:

 

Drag a line like the pic below:

 

We have:

 
 

Step 3:

 

Make a new layer, use Pen Tool to create a shape on moon:

 

Press Ctrl+Enter to make selection, set feather=1. Fill it with color fbefaa:

 

Add Layer Mask and use Soft Black Brush, Opacity and Flow 50% to erase selected part:

 
 

Step 4:

 

New Layer and with the same technique , make a similar heart edge at the moon bottom:

 
 

Step 5:

 

Come back to wane moon layer, duplicate it and place duplicated layer under original one, transform it a bit. Press Ctrl+U to open Hue/Saturation window:

 
 

Lower Opacity to 20% and with Gaussian Blur 1 px. We have moon shadow:

 
 

Step 6:

 

Create a new layer, use Pen Tool to create a heart shape:

 

Hit Ctrl+Enter to make selection for it.

Choose Linear Gradient with settings:

 

Drag a line:

 
 

Right click it, choose Blending Options:

 
 
 

Choose Ellipticall Marquee Tool to grab a small circle on the heart:

 

Press Delete we have:

 
 

Step 7:

 

Create a New Layer, use Pen Tool to make a shape like the pic below:

 

Choose stroke path with hard brush 3 px and color F6BC68:

 

Apply Blending Options:

 
 

Add Layer Mask with Soft Black Brush to erase selected parts. We have the first part of ribbon:

 
 

Step 8:

 

New layer again, use Pen Tool to create two other parts of ribbon:

 

Hold Ctrl key, click to choose each path, choose Stroke Subpath with hard brush 3 px and color F6BC68:

 

Copy Layer style from first ribbon part and paste into current layer. We have:

 
 

Step 9:

 

New layer, use Pen Tool to create a curve:

 

Stroke Path with the same way above we have:

 

Place this layer under ribbon part 2 layer. Add Layer Mask use soft black brush to eraser selected part then apply same layer style with other ribbon part layer:

 
 

Step 10:

 

Create a new layer, set on the top. Use Text Tool, Renaissance font, 40 pt and color fed875 to type Happy Valentine's Day:

 

Transform it:

 
 

Step 11:

 

Create a new layer, use star brush, number 1951 to decorate the pic:

 
 

Step 12:

 

New layer, set it above gradient fill 1 layer, use soft brush, color 4848f0, 630 px to spot on the space between moon and heart then lower opacity to 40%:

 
 

Final Result: