Create a shiny Christmas tree in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Christmas card with a bright Christmas tree and falling snowflakes.

We start by creating a new document (CTRL + N) with a size of 1000×1000 px (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 72 pixels / inch. We use Paint bucket tool (Fill) (G) to fill the background layer with black.

Create a new layer and take a soft round brush (AT).

Brush draw on the layer, as shown below (opacity and color, as in the screenshot).

Create a new layer and continue painting the background. Color take # 002CFF and Opacity (Opacity) 10%.

Create another new layer and take Pen tool (Pen) (P), set the drawing mode to Paths (Contour) and create a contour of a garland in the form of a Christmas tree. When finished with one curve, press the Esc key and draw a new one.

Take Brush tool (Brush) (B) and open the window with the tool parameters (F5), select the brush Round point stiff white color.

Now go to the contour panel and activate the work path.

Again take Pen tool (Pen) (P), go back to the layers panel, right-click on the contour and select Stroke path (Outline stroke).

In the drop-down menu, select Brush (Brush) and activate the option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressing).

We get the following result:

Paste the mask on the created layer by clicking the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel, take a soft round brush in black with Opacity (Opacity) 20%.

Paint over the mask to hide some areas of the garland, as shown below. Via Blur tool (Blur) add a little blur.

Create a new layer and again take a soft round brush.

We draw on the working canvas, as shown below.

Set the layer blending mode to Color.

Create a new layer and continue to paint with a brush on the garland.

We get the following result:

Set the layer blending mode to Color.

Now we have to create the background snow. To do this, create a new layer and take a soft round brush (B) white.

Draw a lot of small dots. In the process, adjust the size and opacity of the brush to get a more interesting result.

Click on the button Add a layer style (Add style-layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Outer glow (External glow).

We get the following result:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the last created layer and delete the layer style from it. Outer glow (External glow).

Create a new layer and take a soft round brush (B) in white with Opacity (Opacity) 10%.

Draw around snowflakes to create a glowing effect.

Install Fill (Fill) for this layer by 70%.

Repeat the above technique for the Christmas tree, using a soft round brush.

Set the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap).

Let’s make the pink color at the bottom of the Christmas tree a little brighter. Create a new layer and draw with a soft round brush (B) with color # 4F00F3 and Opacity (Opacity) 10%.

Set the layer blending mode to Linear light (Linear light).

We write the text on a card. Take Horizontal type tool (Horizontal text) (T). On the Character panel (Font), select the font, size and color.

Click on the canvas and write “Happy Holidays”. When finished, press Enter.

Click on the button Add a layer style (Add style-layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and choose Inner Shadow (Inner shadow).

We get the following result:

We press the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Curves to make a small color correction.

We get the following result:

Next, we need additional brushes that can be downloaded from this link. We will use the light_brushes_2 brush. Copy it to a folder C: \ Program Files \ Adobe \ Adobe Photoshop X \ Presets \ Brushes (X is your version of Photoshop).
Create a new layer and select the loaded brush:

White color draw shining stars on snowflakes.

Our Christmas greeting card is ready!

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