How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

November 10th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing

   

Make ten copies of the star’s layer and apply the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as below:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll use again the next brush from c130_splatter set. The brush’s color is white.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint on the background as shown. Place this layer under the stars’ layers.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the next brush from stars_and_blinks set. This brush will be helpful in drawing the garlands. The brush has the color #FDF9CA.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

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 spacing and brush angle as show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Go to Shape Dynamics:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Now you can paint the garlands as shown. This layer needs to be situated under the stars’ layers.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select for the copy the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in 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 Mechanical brush of black color (set Opacity to 10% in Options bar).

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint in the mask to hide a little bit the sparks as it is demonstrated below:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use again the brush from earlier applied set (stars_and_blinks) to represent many rays under the stars. The brushes have the same color. Place this layer under the layers containing the stars.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 20% for this layer.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the recently made layer and choose for the copy the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 50% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Pin Light.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Click 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.

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

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

How to create Christmas background with snowflakes and stars in Photoshop CS5

Finished!

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  • Simon

    10/11/2010

    Awesome.

    I changed a few things to my own liking but basically, very easy to follow tutorial and fantastic results

    Thanks

  • peter

    13/11/2010

    easy to follow

  • I'm Thai

    14/11/2010

    Thank you for tutorial

    it’s very beauty and do easy > <

  • Janet

    20/11/2010

    Very pretty effect. Thank you.

  • Eman

    26/11/2010

    Fantastic , great and beautiful

  • Sabin

    29/11/2010

    Very Very nice Effect. Now I can create my christmas card myself. Thanks for sharing such a useful tutorial.

    Thanks
    Sabin

  • PARESH

    08/12/2010

    SO EASY TO FOLLOW AND SUPERB OUTPUT

  • Onthemac

    11/12/2010

    the links for the brushes were not compatible with CS4 PS. Probably just me. Would love to have tried to create this.

  • Dima

    12/12/2010

    Nice, thanks, it look’s like pritty well at cristmas

  • Delage Richard

    13/12/2010

    help, je n’arrive pas a mettre mon c130_splatter en couleur noir, j’utilise PS CS4.

  • Robert C. Simpson

    09/11/2011

    I am not able to import the brushes C130_splatter and stars_and_blink!

  • Atataya

    13/12/2011

    adobetutorialz thank you for tutorial

  • chuchufleta

    16/12/2011

    Great! Thank you very much, it’s fantastic :)

  • abhay

    30/01/2012

    thankyou so much .

  • Natalie

    29/11/2012

    Amazing tutorial – thank you for sharing.

  • Emily

    06/12/2013

    i love it but i dont feel like doing it lol :( #lazy