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How to Create a Diwali Greeting Card in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

We're sure you can't wait to celebrate the Festival of Lights with your family and friends. Wish them a happy Diwali with personalized Diwali greetings. This tutorial will show you how to create a Diwali greeting card with a themed background and a 3D text effect.

Before we begin, check out this Diwali Festival of Lights flyer template. Envato Elements has millions of assets ready for you to customize and edit.

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What You'll Learn In This Diwali Greeting Card Tutorial

  • How to create a Diwali greeting card in Photoshop
  • How to create a 3D Diwali text effect
  • How to create the inside of a Diwali card

What You Need to Create a Happy Diwali Card

These assets are all available to download with a subscription to Envato Elements.

1. How to Create a Diwali Greeting Card in Photoshop

Step 1

Create a new document (File > New). For this Happy Diwali card, use 8.75 in Width and 11.25 in Height. Change the Resolution to 300 and the Color Mode to CMYK Color.

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Step 2

Add five guides to the canvas by going to View > New Guide Layout. Change the Margin for each side to 0.125 in, Rows to 2, and Columns to 1.

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Step 3

Add a Color Fill layer using the color #261e5b.

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Step 4

Open 4.jpg from the Deep Space folder and place it over the cover of the Happy Diwali greeting card. Apply a mask and use a soft Brush (B) to mask away the top of the space background.

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Step 5

Create a New Layer, name it "Noise", and fill it with #ffffff. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and apply a 5% Monochromatic Gaussian noise filter.

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Step 6

Change this Noise layer to Multiply. Open the Mandala3.ai file from the Mandala folder in Adobe Illustrator. Change the color of the mandala to #ffffff. Copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) this mandala into the Happy Diwali greeting card cover in Photoshop at the top and bottom. Change this layer to Soft Light and change the Opacity to 55%

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Step 7

Open the Celebrating India graphic in Illustrator and Copy (Command-C) and Paste (Command-V) the buildings into the Diwali card in Photoshop. Apply a Gradient Overlay by Double-Clicking the building layer in the Layers panel. Use the colors #6e50a1 and #483c94 for the Linear gradient.

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Step 8

Apply a Drop Shadow to the building layer using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply | #010202
  • Opacity: 14%
  • Angle: -89
  • Distance: 25 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 131 px
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Step 9

Open the design04.psd file from the vintage frame folder. Place Shape 3 and Shape 2 in a Group by selecting both layers and Right-Clicking > Group from Layers. Take the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and create a layer mask on the bottom of the frame.

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Step 10

Drag and drop this frame onto the greetings for the Diwali card. Change the color of the frame to #3b317a.

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Step 11

Grab the Rectangle Tool (U) and extend the frame down each side using the color #3b317a.

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Step 12

Open the LanternFestival003 Illustrator file and copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) them into the greetings for the Diwali card.

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Step 13

Create a New Layer and add a shadow around the edge using a 1200 px soft brush. Change the Flow to 25%.

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2. How to Create a 3D Diwali Text Effect

Step 1

Use the Auliare font and type "Happy Diwali" on the back cover. Use a 15 pt font, 600 Tracking, and the color #eb9d23. Use the Transform Tool (Command-T) and rotate the text so that it appears upside down.

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Step 2

Use the Amika Blackletter font and type "Happy" on the cover using a 101 pt font and the color #ffffff.

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Step 3

Apply a Bevel and Emboss style using these settings:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 834%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 8 px
  • Soften: 16 px
  • Angle: 90
  • Altitude: 30
  • Use Global Light
  • Highlight Mode: Screen | Opacity 0%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply | #b15c27 | Opacity 77%
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Step 4

Apply an Inner Glow using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #f6e1b5
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 12%
  • Size: 38px
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Step 5

Apply a Drop Shadow using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal | #eb9c22
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Angle: -180 | Use Global Light
  • Distance: 31 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 0px
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Step 6

Duplicate (Command-J) this "Happy" text layer and change the color to #ec9e24. Get rid of the Bevel & Emboss, Inner Glow, and Drop Shadow. Add a Stroke to this layer and place it underneath the original "Happy" layer in the Layers panel using these settings:

  • Size: 12 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #eb9d23
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Step 7

Repeat the same previous steps that we did for the "Happy" text and create the "Diwali" text layers.

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3. How to Create the Inside of a Diwali Card

Step 1

Create a new document (File > New) just as we did at the beginning of this tutorial for the inside of the blank Diwali greetings card. Add the guides as well.

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Step 2

Add a Color Fill layer using the color #f9efdd. Open the texture (2).jpg file from the handmade textures folder. Change this layer to Pin Light.

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Step 3

Add the Noise and Mandala layers from the cover and drag them to the inside. Change the Mandala layers to Normal.

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Step 4

Take the Frame that we used on the cover and delete the layer mask. Change the Opacity to 20% and the color of the frames to #a35625.

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Step 5

Take the vector buildings from Illustrator and paste them onto our greeting card design Diwali file. Change the Fill to 0% and apply a Gradient Overlay using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #ee9d70, #e97056
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 25
  • Scale: 53%
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Step 6

For this next step, we're going to use personalized Diwali greetings. Grab your Type Tool (T) and wish your family and friends a happy Diwali. Use Auliare, 13 pt, 400 Tracking, and the color #542c5a.

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Step 7

Type "Diwali" using Amika Blackletter, 101 pt font using the color #542c5a. Apply a Bevel & Emboss Layer Style using these settings:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 834%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 8 px
  • Soften: 16 px
  • Angle: 90
  • Altitude: 30
  • Use Global Light
  • Highlight Mode: Screen | Opacity 0%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply | #b15c27 | Opacity 77%
Add bevel and embossAdd bevel and embossAdd bevel and emboss

Step 8

Apply a Stroke Layer Style using these settings:

  • Size: 4 px
  • Position: Center
  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #eb9d23
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Step 9

Apply another Stroke Layer Style using these settings:

  • Size: 7 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #542c5a
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Step 10

Apply an Inner Glow Layer Style using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #f6e1b5
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 12%
  • Size: 38 px
Add a inner glowAdd a inner glowAdd a inner glow

Step 11

Apply a Gradient Overlay Layer Style using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #ee9d70, #e97056
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 25
  • Scale: 53%
Add a gradient overlayAdd a gradient overlayAdd a gradient overlay

Step 12

Apply a Drop Shadow Layer Style using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal | #542c5a
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Angle: 90 | Use Global Light
  • Distance: 31 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 0 px
Add a drop shadowAdd a drop shadowAdd a drop shadow

Step 13

Add another "Diwali" text layer and place it underneath the original "Diwali" text layer. Use Amika Blackletter, 101 pt, and the color #542c5a. Apply a Stroke Layer Style using these settings:

  • Size: 12 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #542c5a
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Step 14

Create a divider using the Rectangle Tool (U) and the colors #542c5a and #d94d26.

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Great Job! Now You Can Send Out Your Personalized Diwali Greeting Card

You just created a Diwali card in Photoshop, and now it's time to invite friends and family over for a great time. Make your Diwali cards stand out with this mockup from Placeit. Placeit is a great resource not only for mockups but for flyers, templates, and logos.

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5 Festive Diwali Templates and Graphics From Envato Elements

The festive season is approaching, and what if you're looking for some readymade Diwali greeting cards and graphics to jazz up the holiday season? Look no further. These Diwali templates are perfect for any occasion, from a simple family gathering to a community-wide festival.

1. Happy Diwali Banners (EPS)

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Are you looking for some festive Diwali banners? You are in the right place! Use these banners to spruce up your Diwali cards.

2. Diwali Rangoli With Particles (JPG)

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Spice up your blank Diwali greetings with this set of incredible Diwali images. Create one-of-a-kind flyers that will surely put a smile on your friends' faces.

3. Happy Diwali Flyer (AI, PSD)

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Diwali is the festival of joy, and this flyer is the perfect way to spread the cheer. Send these invitations out to your family, friends, and loved ones, and make sure they know how much you care.

4. Diwali Flyer Set (AI, PSD)

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Be greeted with the sight of an inviting Diwali flyer on your friend's doorsteps. Spread the festive cheer by inviting your friends and family to Diwali, where they can savor mouth-watering delicacies, enjoy music performances, and much more!

5. Diwali Festival of Lights (AI, PSD)

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Here's a festive flyer for Diwali, one of the most joyous festivals of India. Invite your loved ones over for a very happy Diwali with this design. You can customize it by changing the fonts and colors to make it more personal.

Want More? Check Out These Diwali Resources!

Whether you are looking for Diwali graphics, Ramadan templates, or illustrations, these resources are perfect for your clients, events, or social media posts.

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