This month is entirely devoted to the winter holidays, like Christmas and New Year. Therefore, today I present you a New Year lesson. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Magical Christmas Night in Photoshop. We will create a magical scene with a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with lights. We will also add the Reindeer as a symbol of Christmas and Lapland. Hope you enjoy this Christmas lesson.
OK. Let’s get started!
Open the original image of the forest, which I like very much. We use this forest image as a background for our scene.
Open the following source image ‘Christmas tree’. Place the image of spruce in the center of our composition.
Next, to the layer with the Christmas tree, add adjustment layers as a clipping mask for color correction of the image. So add a correction layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as well as adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast).
Create a new layer. Name this layer ‘Shadow of Eli’. Place the shadow layer below the Christmas tree layer. Using a soft brush, varying the brush opacity, draw the shadows as shown in the screenshot below. About the technique of creating a shadow, you can find out here.
Next, open the stock image with a reindeer. Remove the background on this image, for these purposes it is best to use the tool Pen (Pen Tool).
Move the selected image to our working paper, placing the deer as shown in the final image at the beginning of this lesson. Apply scaling to the image of the deer.
Duplicate the reindeer layer. Name the original layer with the deer ‘Reindeer’, and duplicate the layer ‘Shading effect’. First we need to color the image with the reindeer, to do this, add a correction layer to the “Northern Deer” layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.
Next, to the О reindeer ’layer, add layer styles to add chiaroscuro.
Next, go to the duplicate layer зат Shading Effect ’. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for this layer to 0%. Next, apply a layer style. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Shadow of the Deer’. Using a soft brush of black color, varying the opacity of the brush, draw the shadows, as shown in the screenshot below.
Group all the layers related to the deer in one group. Duplicate the created group, and then rasterize the group. Flip Horizontal (Flip Horizontal) duplicate the reindeer layer, zoom out by positioning the second deer, as shown in the screenshot below.
Next, add the Snow texture to our scene. Choose any Snow texture you like and simply change the blending mode for the texture layer to Lightening (Screen) or Light replacement (Lighten) To the texture of the snow, you can apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) or filter Motion blur (Motion blur), if there is a desire.
Next, add an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure). Next, go to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the exposure correction in the center of the scene, as shown in the screenshot below.
If you are just starting to learn Photoshop, then you can see the lessons on working with adjustment layers and layer masks here:
- Layer Mask in Photoshop
- Adjustment layers in Photoshop
Let’s light up the Christmas tree. Create a new layer. Using a soft round brush, paint over the spruce and deer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light). Brush color is bright orange # ff8900, brush opacity is 30%.
Create another new layer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light). This time, paint over the sections that are marked in the screenshot below.
If you want to add more light, then create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and with a brush, add light. Brush color is white.
Next, load the Rays of Light brush. Create a new layer. Using the Rays of Light brush, add rays of light around the Christmas tree. You will need to rotate the brush to get the correct direction of the rays. Brush color # ffe0a5, change the blending mode for the layer with the rays to Overlap (Overlay).
To make the Christmas tree more alive, I used the bokeh texture with asterisks. Add bokeh texture to spruce and deer antlers as shown in the screenshot below.
Change the blending mode for the Bokeh texture to Lightening (Screen). Next, add the adjustment layers to the bokeh texture Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as well Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast) as a clipping mask.
As a final touch, I added a vignette effect. Create a new layer, fill this layer with any color shade at your discretion. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for this layer to 0%, and then apply a layer style Inner Glow (Inner Glow):
To add contrast to the scene, you can add another adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast).
We have completed the ‘Magic Christmas Night’ lesson. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.