In this Photoshop tutorial, we will draw an unusual Christmas tree!
As always, let’s start by creating a new document sized 1280×1024 pixels / inch and resolution 72 ppi. Choosing a foreground color on the color palette #4d0100, using a tool Paint Bucket (G) fill the layer with even color.
Create a new layer, set the default colors on the color palette by pressing “D”, select a large round brush with soft edges. In the brush settings (on the palette under the main menu), set the opacity (opacity) 50% . Using a brush, darken the top left corner and bottom side of the layer.
Create a new layer. Choose a foreground color on the color palette #B90c00, select a brush of the same size, but in the settings change the level Opacity (Opacity) on 100%. Paint over the top right corner of the new layer.
Next we need tools Pen (pen) and Convert Point (convert node). With the help of them, we will draw “waves”, whereby each wave on a new layer. Wave color: the black, #BD0100, white.
First tool Pen draw the contour of an angular wave, then Convert Point: click on the contour to return nodes; hover the cursor on a separate node and, clamping the left key, pull either to the right or to the left.
When you are satisfied with the result, install “default” colors – “D, right-click on the contour and in the menu that appears, select Fill path (fill the contour).
To get some of these waves you can:
1. Draw each one as described above.
2. Duplicate layers, applying a transformation to each layer.
For the last (white) wave, applyLayer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Overlay Gradient)
Continue using the tool Pen and Convert Point. Create a shape outline similar to the one shown below and fill it with color. #FF9C6A
Let’s go back to making waves:
Fill the last wave with white. Fill value (layer fill) set 0%
Apply to layer Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Overlay Gradient)
Now we rasterize all layers. To do this, hold down the key Shift and select with the mouse all the layers with the shapes you drew. Then hover over one of the layers and right-click. In the drop-down menu, select Rasterize Layers (rasterize layers).
Next, duplicate each layer. (Ctrl +J for each layer). For convenience, in order not to get confused in the future, rename each duplicated layer to “Duplicate1”, “Duplicate2”, …
Apply duplicate filters
Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur)
(M) Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion)
(4X) Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – motion blur) with the application for the layer blending mode (blend mode) on Multiply (multiplication)
Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur
Filter – Blur – Motion Blur
For each layer that is marked in the screenshot below, add a layer mask. Choose a tool Erase (Eraser), with soft edges and low Opacity (transparency) – 20%. Walk with an eraser on the edge of the layers.
Select on the layers palette (holding the Shift) all layers with shapes, merge them (Ctrl + E).
Apply to the formed layer Filter – Sharpen – Unsharp mask (Filter – Sharpness – sharpness of borders (contour sharpness))
Re-arm with tools Pen and Convert Point. Using them, try to draw several white lines that will imitate a garland.
Create a new layer. Select any brush with stars and fill the space between the lines.
Remember to place a star on top of your tree.
Happy New Year!!!