We draw a Christmas pattern in Photoshop

What could be nicer than snowflakes and young holly twigs, on which birds and rabbits decided to arrange a holiday? In this lesson we will draw a seamless pattern that you can print and use as wrapping paper.

If you need ready-made patterns for wrapping paper, I advise you to try these on the Envato Market.

Note: at this lesson You will find a description (Part 1. Customizing brushes) on how to set up texture brushes from a standard Photoshop set.

1. Draw animal sketches

Step 1

Getting started with sketching animals. I decided to stay on rabbits and birds. You can draw directly in Photoshop on a document with any neutral shade.

Draw as many animals as you can. I advise you to come up with at least 4-5, as from a small amount it will be difficult to make a beautiful pattern. The more animals you draw, the less the pattern will be repeated on the pattern.

Step 2

We take a suitable texture brush so that the shape of the print looks like a real pencil.

Step 3

During operation, adjust the brush pressure to achieve shading and smooth transitions.

2. Fill the color of the rabbit

Step 1

Create a new layer under the contour of the rabbit and paint it with white.

Step 2

Then we select a soft pinkish tint and draw the nose and the inside of the ears. No need to try too hard, let the strokes be sweeping and coarse to make the picture look a little careless.

Step 3

We select a light shade of brown and apply several spots on the rabbit’s hair. You can add them around the eyes, on the ears, paws, back and face.

Experiment to find the best location for the spots. If you paint several rabbits, give each one a unique color.

Step 4

We add festive accessories, for example, a golden ribbon. We can achieve this shade if we mix several mustard tones.

Step 5

Make the lower part of the tape darker and twist it in several places to add volume.

Step 6

Apply white highlights on the tape and the rabbit.

Draw some more rabbits. Try to make everyone look unique, but was made in the same style and color scheme.

3. Fill the bird color

Step 1

Start again with the outline with a texture brush. Also, this brush is perfect for mixing colors.

If you do not have the necessary brushes, you can buy, for example, through this link.

Step 2

Finished with the outline, draw the shadows. Shadow can be with a soft and smooth transition, as on the wing and tail, and with a hard, as under the cap.

Do not overdo the shadow, but try to apply enough to transfer the volume. The viewer must believe that the bird is really round and fluffy.

Step 3

We fill the wings and tail with a pleasant brown shade.

Step 4

We paint over the torso of the bird with a similar light shade.

Step 5

Red paint over the front of the bird and the cap. Later we will once again use the same shade, as the bright and saturated red color brings the atmosphere of the New Year holidays.

Step 6

Now it’s time to add highlights. On each pen, apply a light white stroke. We also draw a white highlight on the eye.

The white color was predominant in the picture with the rabbit, so we will add it on the bird so that both patterns are combined.

Step 7

The advantage of using a texture brush is that it does not cover the entire 100% area to be painted, we can add a new color over the first color and get a completely new shade by mixing.

On the breast of the bird, I added a bright orange color to make the shade warmer and brighter. Also, to dilute the brown color of the body, add pinkish tones on the abdomen.

Step 8

Finally, we select a plum shade and add shadows on the cap and head to focus on the red details of the picture.

4. Create a pattern

Step 1

Group all animals. You can distribute them in pairs or small groups, or first distribute them one by one, and then merge them into groups, as I did. Note that the composition will be more successful if both animals in the group are in any interaction with each other.

To highlight the interaction, you can add any additional accessories, common shades or items. If the animals look at each other, this is also an additional plus.

Step 2

Having finished combining animals in pairs, we distribute them across the working canvas, leaving enough space between them. Some animals can be left without a pair, reflecting the image horizontally and adjusting the size so that it differs from the original.

Depending on how dense you want to get the pattern, you can distribute them on the working canvas either close or far from each other.

Step 3

Making sure that everything looks great, we merge all the animals into one layer (after making backup copies just in case), after selecting all the layers on the layers panel (while holding down the Shift, to select multiple layers at the same time), then click Ctrl+E, to merge layers.

After that, press the key combination Ctrl+J, To duplicate the layer, then hold down the Shift and drag the copy to the left to create a repeating pattern. If you find any problems with the distance between animals, go back to the original layers and modify the position so that when copying do not appear such flaws.

Next, copy the pattern again, hold down the key Shift and now we pull vertically.

Step 4

We combine together only copies of the pattern and reduce Opacity (opacity) of the resulting layer to about 20%.

As a result, we will clearly see the original pattern, we will be able to analyze it and determine how successful it is.

5. We modify the background

Step 1

Wide strokes draw a large star, which we will turn into a snowflake. Duplicate it several times (Ctrl + J) and distribute copies one after another, as shown below.

Let them be the same size as the painted animals.

Step 2

We complement snowflakes with hooks and chopsticks so that each one looks unique. It is better to use simple shapes, as overly complex snowflakes can make the pattern confusing and too complicated.

Step 3

We draw small snowflakes in the form of simple sticks and points without fine details to vary the background.

Step 4

We copy, rotate, reflect and scale the created snowflakes to distribute them over the entire surface of the working canvas and create a good unobtrusive background for our pattern.

Step 5

Create a new layer above all the previous ones and roughly throw in wavy branches.

Step 6

Copy the resulting branches (Ctrl+J) and with the key held down Shift we transfer the duplicate above so that they correctly dock with copies of animals from which we reduced the opacity.

Having finished copying and placing branches, make sure that the junction turned out to be really seamless and there will be no unexpected problems when repeating the pattern.

Step 7

Using the same color as the branches, we draw large, pointed leaves on which animals sit.

Step 8

Via Lasso Tool (L) (Lasso) select the half of the leaf in the place where the intended middle is located. When highlighting the external borders do not try hard.

While using the lasso we hold down the key Shift, To add new areas to an existing selection.

Step 9

Create a new layer. We take a smooth or textural brush, we select a light shade for a leaf. Paint only the bottom half of the sheet, as shown below.

Then click Ctrl+Shift+I, to invert the selection, and paint over the bottom of the upper half. Thanks to the inverted selection, the brush will not act on the inside of the selection, and we will get a simple and simple shading effect.

We press Ctrl+D, to deselect, then hold down the key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the sheet layer to load its selection. Then click Ctrl+Shift+I and key Delete. Thanks to this, we removed the color that crawled out of the holly.

Step 10

Let’s draw the berries. At the tips of some branches add bright red circles.

Step 11

Hold down the key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the berry layer to load its selection. Create a new layer and draw a soft glare on the berries with a soft textural brush.

Step 12

Create another new layer and draw another small highlight on each berry. Place it in the center of the previous flare.

Voila! We are done!

Now we merge all the main layers into one, delete all the extra auxiliary layers, click Ctrl+J, to duplicate the branches with leaves, and with the key pressed Shift move the copies up and down to fill the entire pattern.

Congratulations! You can be proud to have painted a real Christmas pattern!

Below is a smaller version of the pattern.

You can print a pattern on beautiful matte paper and use it for gift wrapping. Believe, your loved ones will be impressed!

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and personally want to wish you happy holidays!

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