Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

In this tutorial we will create picture with Santa Claus and Christmas Tree.

Start working by creating a new file (File>New) that must have 700×1024 px and 200 dpi.
Take the Rectangle Tool (U) and start making the background of the picture we want to represent next:

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Set the next parameters for the layer by making a mouse click on the same layer on the layers’ panel: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Select next the Pen Tool (P) and represent a ray of white color which shape may be corrected with the Convert Point Tool.

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Represent now one more ray, applying the same tool and the same method and select white color for it.

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Using the same Pen Tool (P), try making several more rays of white color, placing them the way shown below:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Getting better result it’s possible when combining in a group all the layers containing the white rays (as usually we have to press Ctrl button for marking out the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button for moving the marked layers on Create a new group option). Apply next parameters for the group: Opacity 50%

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Now we have to draw the silhouette of a fir tree and the star on its top – everything on the same layer. It’s necessary to choose in this case the Pen Tool (P) to represent the tree’s silhouette which shape may be corrected with the Convert Point Tool. Next press SHIFT button and choose the Custom Shape Tool (U) to add the star on the fir tree’s top.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Set next parameters for the layer: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

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Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Select on this stage the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a snow hillock on the left bottom part of the picture.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Using the last instrument, try to make another snow hillock on the right bottom part of the picture.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Using the Custom Shape Tool (U), we have to make now the snowflakes of white color and different sizes on our picture.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to make a horizontal line that will be a part of the pattern on the bottom part of the picture.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Make a copy of the last made layer, but we must change on the copy the layer’s parameters with those indicated next: Blending mode-Lighter Color
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Using the same instrument we’ll represent an inclined line, correcting its shape with the Convert Point Tool.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Blending Options>Stroke

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Make ten copies of the layer that has on it the inclined line and choose Free Transform option to place the copies as it is done on the next picture.

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Press Alt button and make a mouse click between the layers containing the inclined lines and the layer containing the horizontal line (on the layers’ panel). In this case the layers with the inclined lines will be applied in the limits of the horizontal line.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Next we’ll start representing a small fir tree on the hillock from the left side. Start by choosing the Pen Tool (P) to represent the top of the tree of white color, making the corrections on the element with the Convert Point Tool.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Using the same instrument, try to make now the tree’s top shadow. This layer should be placed lower than the layer with the fir tree’s top (on the layers’ panel).

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Make a copy of the earlier made layer, containing the fir tree’s top and select the Free Transform option to enlarge the copy a little. The layer should be placed lower than the previous one (on the layers’ panel).

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Make a copy of the shadow’s layer and choose again the Free Transform option to enlarge the copy a little, placing this layer lower than the previous one too (on the layers’ panel).

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Make one more copy of the tree’s top layer and select the Free Transform option to enlarge it, placing it as below. This layer we’ll situate also lower than the previous one on the layers’ panel.

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Next step includes drawing the shadow on the bottom part of the small fir tree, an operation done with the Ellipse Tool (U) and the color #2F92D4

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Combine in a group all the layers containing the small fir tree (press Ctrl button to mark out the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button to take the marked layers on Create a new group option). Make twelve copies of the small fir tree and make the necessary changes on the copies’ sizes. The Free Transform selection will be helpful in placing the copies as below:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Next we have to represent Santa’s character. Represent firstly his body and then take the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a big ellipse. Press SHIFT button to insert another smaller ellipse on the left side.

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

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Next we’ll introduce on the picture the fur, applying the same tool. Its layer will be placed also lower than the previous one on the layers’ panel.

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

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Next we have to represent the Santa’s trousers, colored with #FF0000. The operation needs the Rectangle Tool (U). The shape can be changed with the Convert Point Tool. The layer must be placed lower than the previous one on the layers’ panel.

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Take the Pen Tool (P) to represent Santa’s boot of black color. Make the corrections on its shape with the Convert Point Tool.

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Combine in a group the layers having on them the trousers and the black boot (press Ctrl button to mark out the appropriate layers and hold on left mouse’s button to take the marked layers on Create a new group option). Make a copy of the group and select the Free Transform option to turn around the copy and place the copy the way indicated below.

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Use now the Pen Tool (P) to draw the black Santa’s belt, making the corrections on the element with the Convert Point Tool.

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It’s time to represent the buckle on the belt. Choose white color for the element. For the beginning select the Pen Tool (P) to represent the element’s zone and then press Alt button while using the Ellipse Tool (P) to cut out an opening on the buckle. Make the necessary changes on the buckle with the Convert Point Tool.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Next we’ll try to draw Santa’s beard with the Ellipse Tool (U), holding on Alt button when doing this operation. The ellipses’ shapes should be corrected with the Convert Point Tool, as usually.

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Now we have to represent the mitten’s layer, belonging to Santa. The instrument in this case is the Ellipse Tool (U) and the color #E40000

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Applying the last instrument, try to draw the big finger on the Santa’s mitten.

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

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Select the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent the fur on the Santa’s mitten, having white color. The fur’s corrections may be done with the Convert Point Tool. The layer will be placed lower than the first Santa’s layer (on the layers’ panel).

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Using the last tool, it’s possible to draw now the Santa’s shoulder, having the color #F50000

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Combine in a group all the layers composing the left Santa’s arm (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and then hold on left mouse’s button when taking down the marked layers on Create a new group option). Make a copy of the group containing Santa’s arm. Choose Free Transform option to turn around the copy and place it the way it is shown next picture.

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Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent finally the Santa’s head. We’ll make the necessary changes on the head’s shape with the Convert Point Tool.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

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

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

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Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The Ellipse Tool (U) can be useful when representing the left Santa’s eye, having black color.

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Use the same tool when representing the right eye. Firstly it’s necessary to represent the eye’s basis and then pressing Alt button, remove the unnecessary elements we don’t want on the picture.

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Next we’ll draw the eyebrow above the let eye, selecting preliminary the Ellipse Tool (U) and white color.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Make a copy of the layer containing the eyebrow and use the Free Transform selection to turn over the copy and place it the way indicated below:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The same instrument will be helpful when representing the blush on the Santa’s cheeks. The color is #FCB29A

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Using the previous instrument, draw on the left eye a highlight of white color.

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It’s time to represent the primary layer, reserved for the nose of Santa. Select for this operation the Ellipse Tool (U) and the color #E6E6E6

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Make a copy of the last made layer and use the Free Transform option to make the copy smaller and to move it a little upper, directing it to the left side.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

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Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Represent now the mouth of black color with the Ellipse Tool (U). The layer should be placed lower than the primary layer of the nose (on the layers’ panel).

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Give a little volume to Santa’s beard. Represent firstly the shadow with the Ellipse Tool (U), colored with #F2F2F2. Represent for the beginning the element’s basis and then hold on Alt button to remove the unnecessary elements.

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Make a copy of the last made layer and choose the Free Transform option to make the copy smaller, placing it the way shown below:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Represent Santa’s hair of white color, applying the earlier described method.

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Next draw the fur on Santa’s cap, choosing the Ellipse Tool (U) and white color.

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Represent now the Santa’s cap, applying the Pen Tool (P). Place this layer lower than the previous one on the layer’s panel.

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

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Gradient’s parameters:

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Apply the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a small ball on the cap, having white color too. Its layer should be placed lower than the previous one on the layers’ panel.

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Use the same method when representing the buckle on the Santa’s belt to draw a buckle on the character’s boot. The color is white and the instrument is the same.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

Make a copy of the last made layer and select Free Transform option to turn over the copy and place it the way demonstrated next picture.

Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree
Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

The Christmas postcard is finished!
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