How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop

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

   

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
Add the Inner Glow

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

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Now we must draw a highlight on the ball’s surface, applying the same Ellipse Tool (U).

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set the Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and select Foreground to Transparent gradient. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

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

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll combine in a group all the layers composing the ball (press CTRL button to select the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Make several copies of the recently got group, changing the colors of the copies’ layers (the basic color of the ball). Finally apply the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to place the copies exactly the way represented below:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll represent a small star, using the Custom Shape Tool (U), the color is #F5CE28

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
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.

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 star:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Select now the Pen Tool (P) to draw next shape on the star.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style > Inner Shadow

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set also 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 effect on the star:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Make four copies of the last made layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to place the copies the way it is shown on the next picture.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer which will be processed with the Soft Round brush of white color.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Draw several highlights on the star.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Press Alt button and click simultaneously between the highlights’ layers and the very first layer of the star (on the Layers’ panel) to apply highlights just for the star.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll combine in a group all the layers composing the star (press CTRL button to select the appropriate layers and hold on the left mouse’s button when dragging the selected layers on Create new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Make ten copies of the last made group and select after that the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below:

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Make a copy of one group, on your choice, containing the stars and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to enlarge the star and place it on the top of the Christmas tree.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Next we have to draw the shining rays coming out of the star on the tree’s top, using the Pen Tool (P).

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set the layer Opacity to 80%. 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
Set the Inner Glow

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

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and use on it Soft Round brush of white color to represent this time the luminescence lower than the layer containing the star on the top.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Using the same brush on a new layer we can create a kind of luminescence above the star’s layer.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
Set the layer Blending mode to Soft Light on Layers panel.

How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop CS4
The final result!

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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.