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Custom Valentine Card

Create Gorgeous Custom Valentine Card

Valentine Day is right around the corner and we all want to show our love and appreciation to our better half. Nothing shows your love better than a Custom Valentine Card. By making the Valentine card you show how much you care about them.

In this tutorial I am going to show how to design a custom Valentine card in Photoshop. The process takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and you will make something unique for someone unique!

Let’s get started

Designing Custom Valentine Card

In Photoshop Open a New Document and name it Valentine Card

Designing Valentine Card

01 Open

Go to File and select PLACE EMBEDDED, select the photo that you want to use, and resize it.

Designing Valentine Card

02Place

Add a new blank Layer, then go to Edit > Fill > and Select Pattern. In this example I used Colour Paper Pattern

Designing Valentine Card

03 Fill-layer
Select Pattern and then select the desired pattern from drop down menu
After selecting the pattern, the image will look like this photo.

Select Shape tool from the tool bar, I selected Custom Shape > Heart for this project. And create a Shape.

Select Custom Shape Tool

06 selct shape

Create a Shape

There are so many different Shapes in Photoshop. Scroll down to find the one you like

Select the Shape Layer and Pattern Layer And Make a group (By Holding Command key in Mac /Control Key in Windows and letter G), so both layers are in the Group.

Select both layers
Select both layers

Create a Group

Notice the Group that holds both layers

Go to Layer > Layer Style > and select Blending Option to open the Layer Style Window

Layer Style Window

10 Layer style

In Layer Style Window Locate the “Knockout” option > Click on drop down menu and select “Shallow

Knockout Option

11 select-knockout

Then reduce the “Fill Opacity” to your desire, you can make it 0, in this photo I liked it at 30%.

Almost There!

You are almost there! Add other styles to enhance your custom Valentine Card. I used different styles for mine, I used Stroke with Gradient colour and Bevel and Emboss.

Adding Strocke
Adding Strocke
Adding Bevel and Emboss
Adding Bevel and Emboss

Move the shape and/or the photo to match your design.

Add your text. Job Done!

Moving and Resizing the Shape or photo

Select the Shape or photo layer to resize or move them .
Select the Shape or photo layer to resize or move them .

Adding Text

15 adding text

Finished Card

Here is the final result
Here is the final result

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