Create in Photoshop festive wallpaper for the New Year

This tutorial describes several tips on how to create Christmas wallpapers with snowflakes and a colorful Christmas tree from toys in Photoshop CS5. You will learn how to use Layer styles (Layer Style), draw Christmas toys with 3Dlayers, use Brushes (Brushes), use arbitrary shapes (Custom Shapes), etc. Let’s start!

Materials for the lesson:

Start by creating a new document. (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop size 1920px at 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 300. Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar to open. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the colors as in the picture below. Click OK, to close the dialog boxGradient editor (Gradient Editor).

We had the following background for our postcard:

Next, we will create several toys, which by their location will resemble a Christmas tree. Create a new layer. and select in the menu 3D-> New shape from layer-> Sphere (3D-> New Shape From Layer-> Sphere).

Go to the layers panel and double click on Scattering (Diffuse) layer.

A new blank document will open in Photoshop. Use the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G), to fill the layer with the color # 0D79B1.

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U) in the toolbar, then click the Shapes button, to open the selection menu. Find the 5-point star (5 Point Star) at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click the form to select it.

Make a lot of stars, different sizes.

Now we need to merge all the layers of the stars and the blue background to the raster layer. In this case, hold the button Ctrland select all layers in Layer Palette we press CTRL + E, to Merge layers (Merge Down). Now close this file and click the Save button to save the changes.

We have the following texture on the toy:

Using the same method, we can make several small spheres of different colors. Background colors for spheres # EBA133, # FF2CDF, # EDE461, # 95D301 and # 5AF9EE. Make copies of layers containing spheres and apply the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to resize a copy, place them as in the picture below. You can use 3D tool Object rotation (Object Rotate tool) to rotate the sphere around its axis.

Now we will add a lot of snowflakes on the card. Download the next set of decorative snowflake shapes. If you do not know how to download the figures, you can see here.

Choose a tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U) on the toolbar, and click the Shape Point Shape button to open the selection menu. Locate the loaded snowflakes at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click on the form to select it.

Click and drag to make lots of snowflakes of various sizes. Layers with snowflakes should be located under the layers with spheres.

Now we will make a thread of white color. Choose a tool Line (Line Tool) (U) and set the Thickness (Weight) 2px in the settings panel. Thread color # F2D5A5. Place the layer under the layers with the spheres.

We get the following result:

Using the same method, we will make threads for other snowflakes.

We will group all the layers containing snowflakes and their threads (press CTRL to select the required layers and hold the left mouse button while dragging the selected layers to the icon Create a new group (Create a new group) at the bottom of the layers panel. Set the Fill to 47% for this layer and change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overlay).

Create a new layer and select a soft round. Brush (Brush) white.

Use this Brush (Brush) to make a radiant effect on the spheres. Place a layer above the group containing the snowflakes and filaments, but under the layers with spheres.

Install Fill (Fill) to 31% for this layer.

Create a new layer (Create a new layer), and use a soft round Brush (Brush) of white color (Opacity (Opacity) – 30%). Draw on the background as shown below. Place the layer above the previous one, but under the layers with the spheres.

Next we draw a shadow. To do this, activate Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) to draw an ellipse in black.

Next we rasterize this layer, create a new layer above the previous one and select both layers in the layers panel. Press the key combination CTRL + E, to Merge layers (Merge Down). Now on the rasterized layer, we need to apply the following filter: Filter-> Blur-> Motion Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Motion Blur).

We get the following result:

And then apply Filter Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Gaussan Blur).

We get the following result:

Using the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), move the shadow layer as shown. The layer will be placed under the layers with spheres.

Make as many copies of the last layer as you have spheres and using the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), resize the copies and move the layers with the shadow as shown in the image.

Now we have to make a mount for the toy, select the tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P), set the drawing mode to Layer – Shape (Shape Layers) in the settings panel and make the following shape, as shown in the figure.

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Apply Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Click on the color bar., to open Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) set the colors as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Activate Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) and create a small ring. Place this layer under the layer with the mount.

Install Fill (Fill)before 0% for this layer and click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel to select Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Add a Stroke (Stroke):

Select Fill Type – Gradient and click on the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the colors as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We get the following result:

Combine layers with mount and ring. Now select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to shrink layers, and place the result, as shown in the following image.

Make as many copies of this layer as you have toys and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to shrink layers, and place the result, as shown in the following image. Layers must be located under the layers of the spheres.

Click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown, to make small color adjustments. Place this layer on top of all layers.

We get the following result:

Now we have to add snow. Create a new layer (Create a new layer) and use Hard Round (Hard Round) Brush (Brush) white.

Use this brush to draw a lot of small circles. Choose a different size Brushes (Brush) and different Opacity values ​​for the brush.

We get the following result:

Install Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Soft light (Soft Light).

Make a copy of the last layer and select the command Free transform (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to expand the copy layer. Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Ordinary (Normal).

Add a mask to the layer by clicking on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Hard Round (Hard Round) Brush (Brush) in black (set the Opacity to 40% in the options bar).

We draw on the mask using this Brushes (Brush) to hide a bit of snow, as shown in the image below.

Write the text. Choose a tool Horizontal text (HorizontalTypeTool) (T). Choose font, size and color in Character bars (Character panel).

Write something like “Merry Christmas.” Press key Enter, to apply the text.

Click on the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Shadow (Drop Shadow):

We get the following result:

Merge all layers into one rasterized. Hold key CTRL to select them all in the layers panel and click CTRL + E, to Merge layers (Merge Down). Next to the resulting layer, apply the following filter: Filter-> Sharpness-> Contour Sharpness (Filter-> Sharpen-> Unsharp Mask).

We got next result:

Our Christmas wallpapers with snowflakes and colorful toys in the shape of a Christmas tree are ready!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Author: adobetutorialz

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