Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree

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

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Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3
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:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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%

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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.

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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.

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3 Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Gradient’s parameters:

Create Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

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