How to Make Carnival Tickets on Photoshop

You can quickly mimic a carnival ticket's perforated edge in Photoshop.
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Whether you're planning a carnival for your school, your community center or even your own weekend event in the backyard, you can design and create your own carnival tickets using Photoshop. Carnival tickets have distinct rounded corners and perforated edges, which Photoshop can duplicate quite well. For the background, orange, blue and pink are fun colors that instantly convey that carnival atmosphere. Try to keep the text to a minimum on your ticket, so you can make the words "Admit One" as large and as prevalent as possible.

Launch Photoshop and create a new document 330 pixels wide and 150 pixels high. This document is used to create a single ticket, which you can copy and paste into a printable document later. Double-click the "100 percent" zoom magnification and type "200" so you can better see the ticket.

Click the foreground color swatch in the toolbox and type "D77D00" in the HTML "#" text field. Click "OK." Click the background color swatch and set it to "FFCD28." This gives you two shades of orange, but you can use any two shades you prefer, such as red, yellow or pink.

Click the Gradient tool in the toolbox and drag the cursor upward from the bottom of the ticket to the top. The ticket is now colored orange, lighter at the top and darker on the bottom.

Drag the locked Background layer onto the New Layer icon in the Layers panel to duplicate it, and then drag the locked Background layer onto the Trash icon to delete it. This ensures you have a transparent background when you punch out the ticket.

Click the Eraser tool in the toolbox. Change its size in the options bar to 80 pixels and set the flow and opacity to 100 percent. Position the eraser in the upper-right corner so one quarter of the eraser covers the corner of the ticket and then click the mouse to punch the ticket. Use the same process to punch out the other three corners.

Press "F5" to open the Brush panel. Select brush 30, which is called the Erodible Triangle. Change the Size value to "3 px." Change the Spacing value to "161." Drag the eraser down the right edge of the ticket while holding down the "Shift" key to ensure you have a straight line. Repeat this on the left edge of the ticket. This creates faux perforation marks on both edges.

Click the Horizontal Type tool in the toolbox and drag the cursor across the ticket. Select any fun carnival-like font from the options bar. Rosewood Std makes a good carnival font. Many free carnival and circus fonts are available online for download.

Select the "Center Text" alignment option in the options bar. Type the name of the carnival and "Admit One," on separate lines. Adjust the size as needed. Select a different font, like Arial, and reduce the font size before typing the date and location at the bottom of the ticket in another text box.

Click the "Layer" menu and select "Merge Down" to merge the text layer with the ticket background. Press "Ctrl-A" on the keyboard and then "Ctrl-C" to copy the ticket.

Select "New" from the "File" menu, select "US Paper" from the "Preset" menu, and click "OK." Press "Ctrl-V" on the keyboard several times to paste copies of the ticket onto the new document. Drag them into place so they are all evenly aligned. Print the tickets on a sturdy card stock, and you then cut them out with scissors or a paper cutter.

  • Information in this article applies to Photoshop CC. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • Add grayscale or black-and-white pictures of balloons, clowns or even an elephant to dress up your carnival ticket. Paste the image as a separate layer below the text and change the layer's Opacity level to about "50" so the image doesn't overpower the text.

A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the United States.