Creative christmas cards

Creative christmas cards

Christmas themed wallpaper from scratch. A Well explained & Easy to follow Tutorial!

Create a new file (File>New) that would have 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi.
Now we shall use the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw the background of the picture to be.

Creative christmas cards

Set the next parameters for the made layer by making a mouse click on this layer on the layers’ palette.
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Next we’ll represent the snow hills, applying the Pen Tool (P) and Convert Point Tool for the corrections on the made elements.

Creative christmas cards

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Creative christmas cards

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Next choose the Custom Shape Tool (U) and pick up a fir tree’s figure, having the color #003274

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Make seven copies of the tree’s silhouette and select the Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way demonstrated below:

Creative christmas cards

Using the Custom Shape Tool (U), let’s represent a lot of snowflakes, having different sizes:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Continue representing the snow hills, selecting the same Pen Tool (P) and Convert Point Tool, having the color #A7FEF6

Creative christmas cards

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Creative christmas cards

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

On a new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply the standard Brush Tool (B) with the Opacity of 20% to represent the shadows on the snow hill.

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Next we’ll apply the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent a snow ball reserved for a snowman.

Creative christmas cards

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Glow

Creative christmas cards

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Make two copies of the layer containing the snow ball and select the Free Transform option to minimize the copies’ sizes, placing them as it is represented next image:

Creative christmas cards

Applying the Ellipse Tool (U), it’s possible to draw the buttons on the snowman.

Creative christmas cards

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

Creative christmas cards

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

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Blending Options>Stroke

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Make two copies of the layer containing the button and choose Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the way demonstrated next picture:

Creative christmas cards

Using the previous tool, it’s possible to draw next the snow man’s nose:

Creative christmas cards

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

Creative christmas cards

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Creative christmas cards

Gradient’s parameters:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Create a new layer and use on it a standard brush (Brush Tool (B)) to draw the eyes and the mouth, belonging to the same snowman. The elements’ color is black.

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

Using the Line Tool (U), it’s time to picture a twig that will represent the snow man’s arm. The color in this case is black too.

Creative christmas cards

Put together all the layers composing the twig into a single layer. In this case we’ll press Ctrl button, mark out the twig’s layers and press then Ctrl+E. Next we’ll make a copy of the new layer that we got and apply Free Transform option to turn over the copy, make the copy smaller and put it on the picture the same way shown below:

Creative christmas cards
Creative christmas cards

The picture is finished!
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