How to create Christmas Wallpapers or Backgrounds

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Hello. This is the 2nd tutorial from Christmas series. I will explain how to make a Christmas illustration using Photoshop. So let’s begin.

Enjoy your holidays.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background 

Create a new document with these dimensions:

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Now choose a background color scheme. Use as usual a color fill along with gradient fill.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Then create a new shape using round shape tool. Create 2 separate shapes on 2 separate layers.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Then overlay the shapes with rounded gradients (White to foreground). To solve the problem with shapes just create a new layer and fill the gradient directly on it.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background 

Now use a little bit of layer styling on this very layer, not on the shape layer.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And there we have it.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Link the shape layer and the gradient layer, link them together and merge using merge linked command.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And this what we have now. 2 different non vector layers.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

I suggest you to transform the big ball layer to match the lighting.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And there we go.
Now what we will do now is a real time reflection. Well you now the reflection in the Christmas ball is like in the mirror. For this we will pick any photo with some interior.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Drag it directly to our project area using the move tool (v). it will be on the separate layer automatically.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

The dimensions are smaller than I thought so just transform it.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Now apply clipping mask feature.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And there we have it our image inside the circle.

Use a layer mask that reveals all to blend the edges a little bit.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background 
And Spherize filter in Filter > Distort menu box.
The layer must be selected.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

I suggest you to spherize the image several times.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Plus to that change the blending mode to Luminously and opacity level to about 79%-75%.

You can also erase a little bit ob the image to blend the edges.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And here we go. This was the first step. Now do the same thing create 2nd clipping mask with the same image.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

And round 3 ? the 3rd clipping mask.

Play with opacity and layer modes as well.

paint over it (on a new separate layer) to accent the ball roundness. Spotlights ? with white and shadows with dark blue. Well something like this.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Here is our current layer order. You can see 3 clipping masks. If you’re confident in your result just link the 3 clipping masks and you source layer and merge them into 1 single layer.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Create a copy of the big ball layer. We will need it to create a reflection in the smaller ball. So watch.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background 

Select the whole small ball layer and spherize, but our newly created Copy.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Create clipping mask.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

I’ve also painted a little bit.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background

With mere PS brush:

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Now I will create these little metal thingies. Don’t even know the name).

For this operation I will use my Wacom tablet. But do know that there are several ways to paint in PS depending on your skills and techniques. Basic color:

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Midtons.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Render the edges.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Now I will paint the ribbon.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background



Christmas Wallpaper or Background 

A little bit of snow. Can be done with basic brush changing the flow and master diameter.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

The text. And we are done here.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background

Enjoy your holidays.

Christmas Wallpaper or Background 

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Enjoy!

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