How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop

November 16th, 2009 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

In this tutorial I will give you some tips on how to create and decorate Christmas tree with balls and stars. You will learn how to add a Layer Style, draw Christmas balls with Ellipse Tool, apply brushes, customize brushes etc. So let’s get started!

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How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), fill the new background layer with #050043 color.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Take after that the Pen Tool (P) to create the shape of the Christmas tree.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Inner Shadow:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set the Outer Glow

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Add Inner Glow

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Also set the Gradient Overlay

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next fir tree:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

Next step we’ll download a set of brushes for in Adobe Photoshop, named: grunge procedural. Create a new layer and select the brush out of the earlier downloaded set. Set the Opacity to 10% in Options bar.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Paint with color #4D80E8 as shown. Place this layer containing the brush under the tree’s layer:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll draw several shapes, using the Pen Tool (P). The shape’s color is #020353. Place this layer under the Christmas tree’s layer:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Outer Glow:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next shape:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

Using the same tools, we’ll represent one more colored shape with #0B2A80 color. This layer will be situated under the tree’s layer:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
… and one more shape, colored with #1038AA. The tool applied in this case is the same with the previous ones. The layer will be situated under the tree’s layer:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Go to Layer Style and select Inner Glow:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next background:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
On the next layer (Create new layer) we’ll use the brush out of the grunge procedural set of white color (Opacity 10%) to make lighter the background behind the tree’s top.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and choose the Soft Round brush of white color, set Opacity to 80% in Options bar.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Using Soft Round brush represent the snowflakes. This layer needs to be placed under the layer containing the tree.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll paint again with brushes (two types – the hard and soft round brushes) of white color to add more snowflakes. The layer will be also placed under the layer having the Christmas tree on it.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next background:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer to represent here the snow on the tree. Select Spatter brush from Brush Tool (B).

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We need to customize our brush in Brushes panel (F5), select the Brush Tip Shape. Click and drag any of the sliders to change the size, the roundness and brush angle as show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Go to Shape Dynamics:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Now you can paint the snow as shown on the Christmas tree.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Select Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Drop Shadow:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next snow on the fir tree:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply the earlier brush of white color (Opacity 20%) to paint several more lines, representing the snow on the tree.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Take the Ellipse Tool (U) now to represent a Christmas ball for the tree. The layer has the color #0375E0

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

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  • Heather

    17/11/2009

    Great. I learned more about gradients from this tutorial. Thanks

  • Rj Phipps

    18/11/2009

    I really enjoyed the tutorial BUT I was completely lost in the doing the star. I could not figure out how to “Using the Convert Point Tool, select the anchor points of the star. Then apply the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) click on Maintain Aspect Ratio and drag the anchor points to the central part of the star to change the shape form.” I tried and tried but it never was easy as this step seems to portray. any direction?

    thanks

  • jimmy

    18/11/2009

    that is … crazy dude you must have a lot of spare time but is really cool though

  • tejpal

    22/11/2009

    hi, this is very fine i learn more in photoshop

  • XD

    23/11/2009

    Look 88%
    http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5707/10973811.jpg

    Original= 1600 x 1200

    Thanks

  • Nice!

    29/11/2009

    I really enjoyed this tutorial.
    I took me a few hourd but it was well worth it!
    I’m using this as my wallpaper now =)

  • tracy reed

    01/12/2009

    this is so hard to do mann lol!!!

    I GIVE UPP……….. HEHEHEHEHHEHEHEHEHHEHEHHE

  • JULIE

    01/12/2009

    I LOVE VINA LOL HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHHEHEE!

  • beverlea

    01/12/2009

    hay these all look nice but i perfure the way we do our one lol.lololooloololpolo

  • beverlea

    01/12/2009

    hay all you peoples out there we so should have these as our walpaper because its well werth it lolz

  • Michael Garmahis

    10/12/2009

    This tutorial is featured on Top 50 Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

  • Michelle

    12/12/2009

    totally amazing tutorial, I will add it to Kaplang :)

  • Prince Zul

    23/12/2009

    great Stuff but I got stuck when I had to download the brush I couldn’t find it anywhere. Then when i designed the shape it remained on top of the tree and not behind it. Maybe I got mixed up with the layers Please I welcome any support.

    Thanks again for a great stuff

  • Anonymous

    27/12/2009

    uuhhmmm, I don’t understand, how can you draw such a good drawing just only using Pen Tool, I really don’t get it….

  • Adnan Shahzad

    22/03/2010

    wowowowowo

    its amazing design i love it

    thanks for the tutorial… :)

  • MarkSpizer

    03/05/2010

    great post as usual!

  • DH

    27/11/2010

    I couldnt download the brushes on the link which is given?
    Any idea how to make it?
    Thanks

  • admin

    08/12/2010

    @DH,

    link to download working fine …

  • rakesh pal

    03/04/2011

    hi this is a very easy way learn to photo shop thank full to u hi u are a wall guy and all time help every body when learning photo shop but please how to make easay step in photo shop

  • kingsley godwin gbemu

    03/11/2011

    so beautiful,much to learn.thanks

  • MMS

    22/12/2011

    This tutorial is very useful in Christmas.
    Thank a lot.
    :)

  • Vedat Osman Korkut

    21/01/2012

    This tutorial is very useful in Christmas. :) greats

  • lilygracia

    08/05/2012

    amazing tutor.

  • Claire

    16/11/2012

    I’m completely lost after the first bit. When I create the tree shape (and yes I ‘close off’ the shape by selecting the first point as the location for the last) it doesn’t turn white – it stays blue. Then when I apply the styles it does it to the whole page – so the edges change but the tree just stays blue. What am I doing wrong?

  • Odessit

    06/12/2012

    Well, that’s because you should have chosen “Shape” rather than “Path” in the Pen tool option. A path can’t do anything by itself unless you turn it into a selection filling it with a color of your choice later on or apply a stroke to it. You should read some tutorials on this vital photoshop tool. This is not an in-depth step by step tutorial for absolute beginners but it does provide great advice for those with basic skills like me and I thank author heartfully for time and effort in creating it.