In this quick tutorial I’m going to be teaching you how to use the custom shape tool and a couple of layer styles to create a christmas star decoration.
Firstly we need to create a new document – File > New, the size is 600 pixels wide and 420 pixels high. Fill the background with a radial gradient using the gradient tool. The two green colours I have used are #86a722 and #2d380d.
Create a new layer and select the custom shape tool from the tool box (under the rectangle tool – left click and hold to see). Go to the list of shapes and choose a star shaped one and set the colour to white. Make the star shape in the middle of the document.
Apply the following layer styles to the star. To access the layer styles window right click the layer in the layers window and go blending options.
Now we are going to be applying a shine effect to our star, so create another new layer and select the area of the star (Ctrl + Click layer’s icon).
Go Select > Modify > Contract by 3 pixels.
Select the gradient tool and set it to linear and white to transparent. Fill the selection with this gradient so you have something like this.
Lower the opacity to 75%.
As a finishing touch we are going to be adding a starburst effect in the background so create a new layer above the background layer and make a shape using the ‘registration target 2′ shape so that you can’t see the outside of it.
Set the blend mode to Overlay and the opacity to 10% and you are complete.