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

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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