Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll go through easy steps and techniques to design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card to send to your friends.

Start working by creating a new file (File>New) of 1920×1200px/72 ppi with white background contents. Select now the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the background of the wallpaper to be.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Go to Layer Style by clicking on the layer we work on the Layers’ panel to add Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

We’ve got the next background:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Make a copy of the last made layer and apply on the copy’s layer different parameters for Layer Style > Gradient Overlay:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Also set the Fill for this layer to 0%.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to draw a kind of snow hillock on the picture.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Go to Layer Style to add Inner Glow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Also set to Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Using the Pen Tool (P) try to represent now a wavy road.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the Layers’ panel and set the Inner Shadow as shown:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Add Inner Glow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Also set the Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next we’ll start representing a fir-tree using the Pen Tool (P). Start with the primary layer.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Go to Layer Style and set the Inner Shadow as shown:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Add the Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Make a copy of the last made layer, set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style to remove the Inner Shadow but add the Outer Glow as shown:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set the Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Add Stroke

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next we’ll represent the branches’ inclination, using the same Pen Tool (P). Place this layer under the previous made one on the Layers’ panel.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style > Drop Shadow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Using the same tools, try to make the inclination of the branches on the other side.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set Fill to 0%, add Layer Style > Drop Shadow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next we shall insert on the top of the tree a small star, using the Custom Shape Tool (U) and the color #FFC62C

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Using the Convert Point Tool, select the anchor points of the star. Then apply the Free Transform (T) click on Maintain Aspect Ratio and drag the anchor points to the central part of the star to change the shape form.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Add Layer Style > Outer Glow:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set the Stroke:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Now we’ll represent a highlight on the star. In this case we have to make a copy of the star’s layer. Press Alt button and using the Ellipse Tool (U), we can draw a small ellipse which will cut out the unnecessary highlight’s elements. The ellipse will be turned around with the Free Transform option.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the Layers’ panel and set the Gradient Overlay as shown:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Press Alt button and click between the highlight’s layers and the layer containing the star itself (on the Layers’ panel).

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next we’ll represent the shining rays coming out of the star. Choose the Pen Tool (P) and set the Foreground color to white for this operation. This layer needs to be situated lower than the layers containing the Christmas tree.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Add Layer Style > Outer Glow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set the Inner Glow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Now we’ll decorate the tree with the Christmas globs. Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a small ellipse of the color #0375E0

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Go to Layer Style > Drop Shadow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set the Inner Shadow

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next represent a highlight on the glob’s surface, using the same Ellipse Tool (U).

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style >Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Next combine in a group all the layers containing the Christmas glob (press CTRL button to select the appropriate layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon on bottom part of the Layers panel). Make eight copies of this group, changing the colors for the copies’ layers (the basic color of the glob’s layer). Then select the Free Transform (T) option to place the copies exactly the same way from below:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Now we have to draw also the tree’s trunk, applying in this case the Rectangle Tool (U). Place the layer under the layers containing the Christmas tree’s layers.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style > Gradient Overlay

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Gradient Editor settings:

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Create a new layer and choose here the Snowflake brush of white color from Assorted Brushes set.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Set the brush settings as shown (choosing the Brushes panel (F5) on the right side of the Options bar).

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

Apply on the layer containing the snowflakes the next filter Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop
Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply again the Snowflake brush.

Create a Christmas design using Photoshop

The final result!
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