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.

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Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Start working by creating a new file (File>New) of 1920x1200px/72 ppi with white background contents. Select now the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the background of the wallpaper to be.

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor settings:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next background:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Make a copy of the last made layer and apply on the copy’s layer different parameters for Layer Style > Gradient Overlay:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor settings:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also set the Fill for this layer to 0%.

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to draw a kind of snow hillock on the picture.

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Go to Layer Style to add Inner Glow

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also set to Gradient Overlay

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor settings:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the Pen Tool (P) try to represent now a wavy road.

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
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:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Add Inner Glow

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also set the Gradient Overlay

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor settings:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll start representing a fir-tree using the Pen Tool (P). Start with the primary layer.

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Go to Layer Style and set the Inner Shadow as shown:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Add the Gradient Overlay

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Gradient Editor settings:

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Design beautiful Christmas wallpaper or even an e-card in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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