Making stylish Christmas wallpapers in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how, using standard shapes, ellipses and gradients, to create a stylish Christmas card with gold balls.

Let’s start by creating a new document (CTRL + N) with a size of 1280×1024 px (RGB) with a resolution of 300 pixels / inch. Take Rectangle tool (Rectangle) (U) and create a rectangle over the entire area of ​​the canvas.

We press the button Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and apply Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap).

Click on the gradient to open Gradinet editor (Gradient Editor) and select colors 717171 and 000000. Click OK to apply the changes.

We get this background:

Next we have to draw a texture. To begin with, we create a new document (CTRL + N) with a size of 78×78 px (RGB) with a resolution of 300 pixels / inch with a transparent background.

Activate Custom shape tool (Arbitrary form) (u). Open the panel with the forms. Find Snowflake 3 and select it.

Draw some snowflakes with color 818181 in the center and in the corners.

Move on Edit – Define Pattern (Editing – Define texture). Enter the name of the texture. Go back to the working document and create a new layer. Then go Edit – Fill (Editing – Fill). In the dialog box, select Pattern (Texture) and click OK.

Install Fill (Fill) for this layer by 9%.

Next, click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel, then take a soft round brush of black color with Opacity (Opacity) 20%.

Brush paint over the layer mask to hide the snowflakes along the edges of the canvas.

Now we can start creating the ball. Activate Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U) and draw a circle.

We press the button Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Drop shadow (Shadow).

Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Inner glow (Internal glow).

Satin (Gloss).

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap).

Open up Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and select the colors as in the screenshot below. Click OK to close the window.

We get this ball:

Now draw a reflection on the ball using Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U).

Install Fill (Fill) for this layer by 53%.

Create a mask for the layer, choose a soft black brush with Opacity (Opacity) 15%.

We draw on the mask to hide the lower part of the reflection.

Now create a reflection at the bottom of the ball, again using Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U) to draw a circle. We press Alt and draw another circle to cut off part of the previous one.

Install Fill (Fill) for this layer by 53% and change the blending mode to Vivid light (Bright light).

Add a layer mask and a soft black brush with Opacity (Opacity) 15% hide edges.

Now we have to create a “tail” for the ball. For this we will use Rectangle tool (Rectangle) (U) to draw a rectangle. Tool Add Anchor Point Tool (Add anchor point) (P) add two nodes at the top and bottom. Then adjust the shape of the rectangle with Convert point tool (Convert anchor point) (P).

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

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap).

Open up Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and select the colors as in the screenshot below. We click Ok, to close the window.

We get the following result:

Now draw a ring using Ellipse tool(Ellipse) (U) to create an ellipse. We have a layer with a ring under the layer with a “tail”.

Install Fill (Fill) at 0% and click Add a layer style (Add layer style), select Stroke (Stroke).

Select the gradient stroke, open Gradient editor (Gradient editor). Select the desired colors and click OK.

We get the following result:

Activate Line tool (Line) (U), set Weight (Thickness) at 3px and draw the thread for the ball.

Click on the button Add a layer style (Add layer style) and select Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap).

Open up Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and customize colors. Click OK.

We get the following result:

Next, add a shine to the ball. Create a new layer and select a soft round brush (B) in white with Opacity (Opacity) 15%.

Draw the glow as shown below.

Install Fill (Fill) by 70%. Add layer mask and soft brush (B) black with Opacity (Opacity) 10% hide the edges of the glow.

We merge all the layers with the ball into the group (press CTRL and select the necessary layers, then press CTRL + G). Duplicate the group and merge it into a layer (CTRL + E). Using Free transform (Free Transform) (CTRL + T), change the position and size of the copy, as shown in the screenshot below.

Select the thread using Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection) (M).

Click the right mouse button inside the selection and select Layer via Copy (Copy to new layer), use Free transform (Free Transform) (CTRL + T) to adjust the thread size as shown below. Then click CTRL + E, to merge layers.

Again we duplicate the original group with the ball and perform the above actions with a copy.

Now we need to create a layer mask for the left and right balls. Soft round brush (B) black color adjustable ball glow effect. Since the background is dark at the edges, the luminescence in these places should not be so bright.

We get the following result:

Click on 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 (Curves). We make a small color correction.

We get the following result:

View the result in a larger size here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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