Merry Christmas Tree

November 6th, 2008 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

Learn how to create your own Christmas tree wallpaper with these tutorial.

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Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3
For the beginning create a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi. The background should be painted with black color, applying the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Using the Pen Tool (P), try to get a fir tree’s image out of a line.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Select the next Blending Options by making a mouse click on the layer on the layers’ palette.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Next try to rasterize this layer. Then try to create a new layer near the previous one and mark them both out (press Ctrl + click on the layer), put the layers together (Ctrl+E). The unnecessary elements should be erased with the Eraser Tool (E). You’ll get the next thing.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Select now the Burn Tool (O) to dark out several fragments of this line, giving it also some volume.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of this layer (Ctrl+J).

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Next we’ll erase the dark line on the intersected lines, getting the effect of this line being situated behind the other.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Make several copies of the lines and displace them a little.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Next select the Brush Tool (B) out of the next table:

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer on which must be pictured a kind of smoke line, having the color #EDFE87 and the Opacity of 10%.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer and represent with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) a rectangle figure, colored with #4BCE2A

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Change on this layer the Blending Mode with that one from below:

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Our fir tree became more saturate.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Make a copy of the layer containing the smoke and situate it on the very top of the layers.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Now select the Brush mode (B) and its parameters on the top panel:

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Set everything the same way demonstrated below:

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Create a new layer and represent several illuminated spots with the same color we’ve pictured the smoke. Set for this layer the Blending mode – Overlay.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Repeat the same operation on a new layer again, changing this time the Blending mode on Normal and choosing a smaller size for the brush.

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Repeat once again this operation, choosing even smaller brush than the previous time. Next situate on our picture the star selected out of the Custom Shape Tool (U), named 5 point star. The color’s code is #F6FF9F

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Select for the star the Blending Options with the next indicated parameters:

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Merry Christmas Tree in Photoshop CS3

Our fir tree is finished!

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  • stan

    21/11/2009

    this is great!perfect!

  • tala

    02/12/2009

    thank you! I wondered. I`m iranian. good luck

  • Roshan

    06/12/2009

    thanka. this very good.

  • Larissa

    08/12/2009

    Next try to rasterize this layer. Then try to create a new layer near the previous one and mark them both out (press Ctrl + click on the layer), put the layers together (Ctrl+E). The unnecessary elements should be erased with the Eraser Tool (E). You’ll get the next thing. – I JUST DONT GET IT. So I’m doing the pen tool part on the background? How do yo rasterize the background? Argh.

  • -electro-

    09/12/2009

    Hello. I am stuck….

    After making (and closing) the tree path and going into blending options, the stroke settings don’t want to be applied to the path on my PS CS4.

    Any ideas/help/details… or am I missing something ?

    Please and Thank You.

    Happy Holidays.

    -electro-

  • Lasse

    11/12/2009

    @Larissa and Electro

    I agree, tricky explanation.

    The problem is that you start out drawing a vector path, it shoud be an Shape Layer (after selectinging the Pen tool click on “Shape Layer” (in top bar) before start drawing).

    Good luck!

  • Jerry

    23/12/2009

    There is a mistake. You duplicate that resterized layer, not create new layer.

  • Tony

    15/02/2010

    So simple, but so beautiful, thanks

  • gashek

    13/08/2010

    Very beautiful!

  • sergio

    13/08/2010

    Nice lesson, i will try

  • stas

    13/08/2010

    Yes, its mistake about rasterize layer

  • Jo

    24/10/2010

    I’m stuck after drawing the tree shape. the blending options doesnt changes the line to green? do i need to fill the path?? thanks!

  • Aurel

    27/10/2010

    thax vo sharing…
    i’ve tried it,,,
    and i can make it…
    not as gud as urs…
    but at least i can do ur demonstration…
    thx…
    gudluck

  • Deriuqer Eman

    13/11/2010

    I’m stuck. I can’t do the first smoke line, the one with the color #EDFE87 and the Opacity of 10%. Can anyone help me?

  • BBelle

    16/11/2010

    Managed to do this took a while though… they should add at the top to read all of these comments before they start out.

    There are A LOT of steps missing!!!

  • BBelle

    16/11/2010

    This is what I ended up with, could have created a bit more depth and need to change the star a bit as CS5 has a slightly different star by default – but by then I was just about done with it all! ;)

    http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/7480/finishedtreef.jpg

  • RWER

    08/12/2010

    WERWER

  • MEL

    15/12/2010

    Beautiful effect! Thanks!
    If you have a Wacom tablet and a steady hand, you could just do the tree spiral in straight PS and not have to create a pen path.

  • DWC

    15/12/2010

    I am TOTALLY stuck. Can someone PLEASE email me a BETTER tutorial than this? TOO MANY MISSING STEPS! I have Photoshop CS4. I am getting stuck on the changing of the color after drawing the line with the pen tool!

    EMAIL:

    DCecil1982@Gmail.com

    Thanks!

  • ramy

    27/12/2010

    i can’t use the burn tool to dark the picture
    help meeeeeeee

  • Trusti

    17/05/2011

    Thank you for your post it was very good and excuse for my english! I am still learning :-)

  • Sevan

    12/12/2012

    Thank you very much. Very successful tutorial :-)

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