Christmas Star Wallpaper

Christmas Star Wallpaper

This tutorial shows you how to design wallpaper, that can we can use on the web, or any other practical use.

Begin by creating a new file (File>New) that must have 1024×768 px and 72 dpi.
Take the Rectangle Tool (U) and represent the background of the picture we want finally to get:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Apply the next demonstrated parameters on this layer by making a click on the layer we work with on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

No we have to represent a temporary shape on the picture that will compose a star, applying the Custom Shape Tool (U).

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Stroke

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to make on this stage a small Christmas toy decoration:

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Apply the following demonstrated parameters for the new made layer: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Using the last applied instrument, it’s possible to draw a flare on the toy’s surface:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Now we shall work with the top part of the toy decoration, selecting for this operation the Rectangle Tool (U) and the color #FFC003

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Try to make that small wire ring, reserved for hanging up the decoration. Select for this manipulation the Ellipse Tool (U).

Christmas Star Wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Stroke

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Next we should combine in a group all the layers composing our Christmas toy decoration and all its elements (press Ctrl button for marking out the necessary layers and hold on left mouse’s button while moving the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Make four copies of the last made group and choose Free Transform option to place the toys exactly the way demonstrated below:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Select again the Custom Shape Tool (U) to represent a small star and insert it on the basic picture:

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Set the next shown parameters for the star’s layer: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper
Christmas Star Wallpaper

Make a lot of copies of the last made star’s layer and choose Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes and placing them inside the made big star’s contour, like it is demonstrated next picture:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

Now we have to move off the big star contour’s layer on the layers’ panel:

Christmas Star Wallpaper

The holiday picture is finished!
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