Glowing Tree: Creating a New Year Card in AKVIS LightShop

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Glowing Tree - Happy New Year Card


When the holiday season starts we prepare special gifts for our family and friends. At this festive time AKVIS LightShop with its sparkling light effects is absolutely necessary. Here, we will show you how to create a New Year greeting card with a beautiful tree made with glowing lights.

    New Year Card
    New Year Card

We used the AKVIS LightShop and AKVIS Refocus plugins in AliveColors.


  • Step 1. In AliveColors, create a new document of 800x600 pixels. Select the Gradient Fill and fill the background with a reflected gradient:
    Gradient Background
  • Step 2. Launch the AKVIS LightShop plugin, activate the Sparkle Brush tool, and draw small orange stars over the image.
    Adding Stars in LightShop

    By pressing the button apply the effect and return to the image editor.

  • Step 3. You may wish to add blur effects to the background. Call the AKVIS Refocus plugin, select the Tilt-Shift mode, and adjust the settings as shown below:
    Adding Blur Effect in Refocus

    Press to apply the result. The background for the greeting card is ready!

    Greeting Card's Background
  • Step 4. Re-open the LightShop plugin and draw a tree using the Sparkle Brush with alternate different colors, for example, yellow, orange, red:
    Drawing Christmas Tree in LightShop
  • Step 5. Stay in LightShop and add one more light effect. You can download our effect and load it to the plugin or use any other light effect.

    With the Transform tool set the light source above the tree.

    New Light Effect

    Press to apply the result and return to the image editor.

  • Step 6. You can add more light effects using AKVIS LightShop. Select ready-to-use effects from the Sparkles group and add multicolor stars with the Sparkle Brush.
    Light Effects

    Apply the changes made in the LighShop plugin.

  • Step 7. In AliveColors add a greeting text.
    Greeting Text
  • Step 8. To make the card even more impressive, merge all the layers into one and duplicate it. Apply the Gaussian Blur effect to the copy of the layer, with the Radius = 2 px, change the Blend Mode to Hard Light, and reduce the layer's Opacity to 60%.

    The New Year card is ready! We wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

    New Year Card
    New Year Card
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Light Effects — Light Effects
   — Creating a New Light Effect — Creating a New Light Effect
   — Effect Parameters — Effect Parameters
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Sparkle Brush — Sparkle Brush
   — Preferences — Preferences
Light Effects Elements Light Effects Elements
   — Sphere — Sphere
   — Ring — Ring
   — Polygon — Polygon
   — Light Stripe — Light Stripe
   — Light Beams — Light Beams
   — Particles — Particles
   — Star Burst — Star Burst
   — Light Explosion — Light Explosion
   — Rays — Rays
   — Halo — Halo
   — Light Spots — Light Spots
   — Oval Light Spots — Oval Light Spots
Examples Examples
   — Fireworks over the City — Fireworks over the City
   — Simple Glow Effects — Simple Glow Effects
   — Glowing Tree: Happy New Year Card — Glowing Tree: Happy New Year Card


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