For 2012 Free Templates, see my new blog Where To Get Those Free Valentine Templates. I just can’t seem to quit doing Valentines – I guess because they are a lot of fun to do and the colors are pretty. I am going to start off with some more great templates from Florabella. The more I follow this site, the more impressed I am by her work and all the free offers she has for us “Photoshop fanatics.” These are all Valentine templates from her Facebook page and include card fronts, backs and bookmarks. I picked one to try but there are so many variations you can do with these, it should keep anyone playing for quite a while. So this time, I am going to give a big “Thank You” to Florabella!
I tried to give this image a high contrast look in Lightroom before bringing it into the template in Photoshop. Besides cropping and cleaning up the background, I used CP Dragan 5 in Lightroom to give the final look. This preset can be downloaded at Adobe Labs for free. I used a similar font I already had loaded since I did not have the one referenced on the layer when the template is opened up in Photoshop and it is a pretty common one. Basically all you do is bring your picture in as a layer below the layer labeled “Place Photo Below”, then do a little Free Transforming (CTRL+T) or cropping to fit in the template. She includes instructions with her download for further information on how to make it into an actual card.
This next image came from a set of Valentine cards at MCP Actions that can be downloaded free from their Facebook page. They are offering very simple cards for use as Valentines – especially if you need something easy for your little ones school parties. They are very simple to use and are great for that quick turn around. On the one I used, I did very little to except transform (CTRL+T) the picture to fit the opening. It must then be clipped to the layer below by ALT+clicking on the line between the layers – it will attach the top layer to the layer underneath (or go to Layer – Create Clipping Mask). I used the fonts they provided and added their names on the Child’s Name text layer. Done. There are also instructions downloaded with these templates.
Finally I decided to try a large tutorial on Valentines that used many different Custom Shapes. The tutorial I followed is called “Valentine’s day hearts” at Adobe Tutorials. This was by no means the easiest tutorial I have used but I do believe I have a pretty good understanding of the Custom Shapes Tool now! I liked the tutorial because you can change some of the steps to fit the way you want to put it together while still getting a good idea of how it will look. I feel like it was an accomplishment to finish this one but it really was not that hard in retrospect – just a lot of layers. It helped to name and group similar layers to keep organized.
The main hearts are provided by Photoshop. All the listed brushes, shapes and fonts (except the Cosmi font which might be free if you can find it somewhere – it is a very old font) are free downloads from the internet that I used to create my image. The top purple joined hearts are custom shapes from Graphicxtras (no longer available). Several very nice heart custom shapes are from My Valentine Shapes at Brusheezy. The various little white hearts in the background are from a set called McBad – Valentine. The white floral brushes behind the large valentines are provided by a link on the second page in the tutorial. I really like several of these brushes and plan to use them in other designs. For the lacy Valentine, I used a Valentine brush from Anithene and added a gradient overlay layer style. Finally I used my favorite Valentine font – McSweetie Hearts from dafont.com. My Digital Lady Syd font is No. 31 from Cosmi. Both of these fonts I used in the previous blog. The last item added was the cupid, which I copied the layer twice to make it stand out more, and is from Cupid Brushes and is another beautiful set of Valentine brushes.
If you need any help with making these valentines, leave me a comment. Hope you enjoy making your Valentines – it is a great way to learn how to use Photoshop!…..Digital Lady Syd
Just got my desktop computer back but it is not up and running. Chore for tomorrow. Today I wanted to share with you a really cool Valentine tutorial that showed up this week on the internet. It is called “How to create elegant Valentine’s Day card with ornamental heart in Photoshop CS5” at Adobe Tutorials. Not only do they give a really nice step-by-step process but they also provide the PSD file to help you out. The brush download is a very nice addition to have. Just follow their link. As I got halfway through the tutorial, I found I created a pretty nice card already that an image would look nice in. Attached is the base image and then one with a young couple added. I used the brushes from the tutorial for the background effect.
I then worked some more on the Valentine and came up with the one below. I used several other resources including: Flowers in lower left is a free brush from Chelshire-Angel. Many nice brushes in this grouping. Hearts on the lower right are a free download from GraphicXtras sampler shapes (no longer available). The background is the Worn Love Texture from Coffeeshop Valentines that I used in the previous blog. The beautiful texture in the middle of the heart is a free one from Victorian Dreams Texture Pack.
Make a lacy edge around the Valentine using No. 13 brush at size 201 pixels from the tutorial download (Florar_and_Enchanting_II_by_Coby17.abr). I ran down the left side of the image with just the stem part of the brush. Then I duplicated it and CTRL+T and flipped horizontally to line up on the right side. Do the same for the top and bottom edges, group all four layers, and name the group Edges. Next I created the heart using the Shape Tool from the referenced tutorial. I created a New Layer and added a Layer Mask which will have the heart design in it. I filled the heart is with pink. Next move the Shape Layer above this layer, set Fill to 0% and add a Layer style using a white Drop Shadow, an Inner Glow with a Ring-Double contour, and a Dark Purple 24 pixel Stroke. Then I brought the Victorian texture in over the regular heart layer and clipped it to the heart layer so only the middle was filled up with texture. I used texture 8 which is blue so I changed the Blend Mode of the texture to Pin Light that brought out the pink color instead. The font for “Be” and “My” is free and is called MC Sweetie Heart from dafont. The word “Valentine” uses Cosmi Font 31, a font package I bought many years ago but has some great fonts – the only reference I could find on Cosmi was from Amazon. The cupid was the small b key and is also a font downloaded for free from dafont called Gabriel’s Angels. I put white drop shadows on the text layers for Valentine and the Cupid to lighten and emphasize them a little more.
That pretty much sums up how I put this one together. I really liked the final results. The original tutorial uses shapes very creatively and is also a lot of fun to do if you want to play around some. I hope these Valentines gave your creative side a shove. Have fun and experiment!…..Digital Lady Syd