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New Year is really close now and here at Tripwire Magazine we decided to prepare a little treat for you to help you create you own unique greeting cards. So we decided to offer a New Year’s Greeting Card Cover Design and detailed tutorial made in Adobe Illustrator. We are also giving away a free vector along with the tutorial on how to make this Season’s Greetings card. We hope you will enjoy this tutorial and be useful for you this coming year. Please drop a comment if you have any feedback for us and share this post with your friends and colleagues!


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  1. Let’s create a black background using Rectangle Tool. Under Object Menu, choose “Create Gradient Mesh” and set 4 and 6 for rows and column fields respectively. Choose Flat option for Appearance. Using the Direct Selection Tool, let’s drag the points lower than its original position as shown in the illustration below.
  2. Select all the points lined in the middle of our grid. Hit Shift Key while doing so. Fill it with #09274C color.
  3. Create a new background on top of our first background using Rectangle Tool. Fill it with “Radial” Gradient (R=237 G=28 B=36 and R=0 G=0 B=0) and “Overlay” under the Transparency window, set with 31% Opacity.
  4. Grab the Pen Tool and draw an arc shape as shown in the illustration below.
  5. Fill it with Radial Gradient with white and black background on both sides. Slightly move the white slider on the right.
  6. Draw a circle using the Ellipse Tool at the top of our drawn arc.  Apply “Radial” Gradient. Group the circle and arc together.
  7. Make several copies and arrange it as shown in the illustration below by rotating each individual group.
  8. Draw a big circle in the middle. Group them all together.
  9. Let’s now drag it to our gradient mesh background. Set the transparency “Color Dodge”.
  10. Now for the “fun part”. We will start creating our own brush. Draw again another small circle using the Ellipse Tool. Drag it in the “brush” panel (Shortcut key is “F5”). A “New Brush” pop-up will appear, choose the “scatter brush” from the options given. Click Ok.
  11. Choose the Ellipse tool and draw a circle around our first drawing.
  12. Double click on our newly created brush. A “Scatter Brush Options” dialogue box will appear. Choose “Path” from the “Rotation Relative to:” options. Choose Random for “Size, Spacing, and Scatter” as well. Move the slider from the bar of each option to customize the size, spacing and distance between our circle brushes. Tick on the Preview checkbox to see what our customization would look like. Click OK when done, then Apply to Stokes.
  13. Go to Object, and “Expand Appearance”. Apply “Radial” Gradient and Color Dodge in the transparency window.
  14. Select our first group and the circle brush. Group them together.
  15. Again, we will create a new brush. Grab the Pen Tool and start drawing a shape similar to the below illustration.
  16. Add a circle at the top. Unite (using the Pathfinder) the two created shape.
  17. Drag it in the “brush” panel (Shortcut key is “F5”). A “New Brush” pop-up will appear, choose the “scatter brush” from the options given.
  18. Create a new circle using the ellipse tool. Double click on our newly created brush. A “Scatter Brush Options” dialogue box will appear again. Choose “Path” from the “Rotation Relative to:” option. Choose Random for “Size, Spacing, and Scatter” as well. Move the slider from those choices to customize the size, spacing and distance between our circle brushes. Tick on the Preview checkbox to see what our customization would look like. Click OK when done, then Apply to Stokes. Go to Object, Expand Appearance. Apply Radial Gradient and Color Dodge.
  19. Drag it to our gradient mesh background in the center of our fireworks. Resize.
  20. Add more light and sparkles by copying our previous design. Paste, resize and rotate to give desirable results.
  21. This should finish our fireworks blast. Let us now create our firework’s tail. Start by using the Pen Tool. Draw a wavy vertical line
  22. Double click again our custom circle brush and play with the options value. I set my size 10% to make the circles smaller. Drag it below our fireworks. Go to Object, Expand Appearance. Apply Radial Gradient and Color Dodge.
  23. Repeat the same step to give us a starry sky effect. Just remember to repeat our scatter brush effects, radial gradient and color dodge to give us that starry night spark.
  24. You can also add more fireworks to complete our New Year Fireworks night. Add a season’s greetings text to complete our greeting card.

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Author : Melanie Reyes

Melanie Reyes is an aspiring graphic designer who loves to learn new stuff. She is currently learning adobe illustrator, offering her finished vector work free for the public to download. Melanie runs and founder of200DollarSite, a site dedicated to free vector downloads, tutorials and website package solution services.

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