Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background

Combine in a group all the tree’s layers (press CTRL button and select the necessary layers. Then hold on the left mouse’ s button when dragging the layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Make a copy of the new group, Merge Down all the layers in a single one and apply on this layer the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Place this blured layer under the tree’s layers:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we have to put together all the Christmas tree’s layers and the blured layer. Press in this case CTRL button, select the layers and press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Make a copy of this layer and apply the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn over the layer and place it the same way from below:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 15% in Options bar).

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint in the mask to hide the bottom part of the tree as shown. Now we have the reflection effect.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and choose the Hard Round brush and white color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent several small circles. We must choose different diameter for brush.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 34% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Soft Light.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the circles’ layer, place the copy’s layer under the previous layer and set Fill to 100% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay. Also apply the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll select the Hard Mechanical brush of white color.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to draw the snow as shown.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the snow layer and apply on the copy Filter>Blur>Motion blur with the next settings:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and apply the Paint Bucket tool (G) to fill it with black color.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers paneland choose the Soft Round brush of black color.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to hide the central part of the black layer and leave darker the canvas edges.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Hue/Saturation.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Hue and drag the slider to the right to increase the Saturation of the color range.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click again Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Christmas Card – Christmas tree on red background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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