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How to Create a Giant-sized Christmas tree in a Winter Field


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Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:
  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 3000 pixels
  • Height: 3000 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

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Step 2

Now, we will be creating the sky of our Christmas image. To start, open “dry winter field” by night fate stock. Next activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool by pressing M on your keyboard.

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Once activated, create a selection area around the sky as shown below:

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Step 3

After that, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the image by first left-clicking on it and dragging it to our canvas. Once on the canvas, position it as shown below:

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Step 4

Rename the layer to “sky 1″. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the words: “layer 1″ (you can find that on the layer window) to prompt a text box to appear.

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Step 5

Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the image as shown below:

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Step 6

Next, let’s add the second sky. Open “storming sky” by vimark and once open, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and create a selection area around the sky of this image. See image below:

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Step 7

Now, activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas and put this layer above the “sky 1″ layer. To do that, simply drag this new layer on top of the “sky 1″ layer. Rename this layer to “sky 2″. Position it on the canvas as shown below:

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Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize this layer as shown below:

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The result:

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Step 8

Now, let’s blend these two skies together. To do that, simply change the Blending mode of “sky 2″.

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Change the Blending mode of “sky 2″ to Soft Light and the Opacity, should still be at 100%.

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The result:

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Step 9

Next, we will darken the sky so it wouldn’t look flat. Start by left-clicking on the “sky 2″ layer and then press Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N on your keyboard to create a new layer directly above the selected layer; once the box opens, input “darken 1″ on the name field.

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Step 10

Now, we will be creating the snow covered field. To start, let’s open “Winter Field” by night fate stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas. Make sure to put it above the “darken 1″ layer. Position it as shown below:

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Rename this layer to “ground”. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown on the images below:

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The result:

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Step 11

Now, let’s blur the horizon line to give the impression that the snow is thick in the edge of the horizon. Start by activating the Eraser tool (E) and once activated, input the following:
  • Brush size: 100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%

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Now, let’s erase:

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The result:

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Step 12

Now, let’s brighten the horizon – let’s start by creating a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) on top of the “ground” layer. Name this layer to “brighten”. Activate the Brush tool (B) then make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:

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Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:

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Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.

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Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

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Note: The #: ffffff is the color of the brush. To change it to that, simply do the following:

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Once the Color Picker box opens, input the following on the # box:

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Now, we’re all set to paint, use the brush as shown on the image below:

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The result:

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Step 13

Now, let’s create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “brighten” layer; name it to: “dusk”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffed5
Once you’re finished, let’s start painting:

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The result of that:

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Step 14

Create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “dusk” layer and input “darken 2″. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 1500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Now, use the Brush tool (B) within the following areas:

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The result:

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Step 15

Next, create another layer again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “darken 3″. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 1500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Use the Brush tool (B) to the direction of the red arrow:

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The result:

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Step 16

Finally, let’s whiten the center part of the image and to do that, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “darken 3″ layer. Once done, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 2000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 17

Now, let’s group all the layers that we’ve created by selecting all the layers and pressing Ctrl/Cmd + G. Once grouped, rename it to “Background”.

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Step 18

In this step, we will be creating the huge and isolated Christmas tree in this empty field. To start, open the stock image: “Frosted Christmas Tree PSD” by dbszabo1. Note that this is a PNG file, so that means, upon opening, you could simply activate the Move tool (V) and drag the tree to our canvas. Once on the canvas, make sure that the tree is positioned above the “Background” group. Position the Christmas tree as shown on the image below:

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Rename the Christmas tree as “Xmas tree”. Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the tree as shown on the image below:

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The result:

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Step 19

Next, reduce the “xmas tree’s” Opacity to 90%.

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Step 20

Next, let’s activate the Eraser tool (E) because we would need to erase some parts of the Christmas tree to make it blend well with the image. Use the following settings for the Eraser tool (E):
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
Now, let’s erase!

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The result:

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Step 21

Now, we will add some decorative lights on our Christmas tree; to start, first create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “yellow lights”. Remember to put this above the “Xmas tree” layer. Once done, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 30px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffdd1
Next, use the Brush tool (B) on the following areas:

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Step 22

Once done, let’s change the Blending options of these lights. To do that, right click on the “yellow lights” layer and once the contextual menu pops up, click on “Blending Options”.

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Next, click on the Outer Glow tick box and then input the following: Outer Glow:
  • Blend mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • #: ffffbe
Elements
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 90px

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Step 23

After that, reduce “yellow lights” layer opacity to 70%. The result of that will be like this:

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Step 24

Next, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) which will still be part of our Christmas light decorations, name this new layer as “red lights”. Once created, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 30px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ff8787
Now, paint here:

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Next, let’s adjust the Blending options. Right click the “red lights” layer and click on the Blending Options tab from the contextual menu. Once open, click on the Outer Glow tick box and input the following:
  • Outer Glow
  • Blend mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • #: ff8787
Elements
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 125px

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After that, change the Blending mode and Opacity of the “red lights” layer to the following:
  • Blending mode: Opacity
  • Opacity: 70%

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 25

What is a Christmas tree without a star on top? Now, we will create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “star”. Once done, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush tool: 125px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffedf
Now, let’s paint!

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 26

Now, let’s add some glow to the Christmas tree. First, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “glow”. Once done, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush tool: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffeeb
Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Once you’re done, select all the layers from Step 3 to 4 and name this layer to “Xmas tree”.

Step 27

Now, we will be creating the lonely man treading the winter field approaching the giant Christmas tree. To start, let’s open “Winter walking” by tlst. Once opened, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

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Now, let’s create a selection area around the third guy on the right. Note: The Polygonal Lasso tool (L) is great in creating straight lines to form polygonal shapes, hence its name;

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Step 28

Next, activate the Move tool (V) and drag him to our canvas and position this layer above the “Xmas tree” group. Rename this layer to “man”. Position the “man” as shown on below:

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Step 29

Once done, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the “man” as shown below:

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Step 30

Next, let’s adjust the Brightness/Contrast of the man. To do that, make sure that the “man” layer is selected and then go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and then input the following:

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The result:

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Step 31

Next, we will reduce the “man’s” Opacity to make it blend well with the images. Reduce it to the following: 40%

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The result:

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Step 32

Now, let’s create the man’s shadow. Let’s start by duplicating the “man” by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J. Once duplicated, click on the duplicated layer and then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then right click on the canvas to activate the contextual menu; on the contextual menu click on Flip Vertical.

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Now, the duplicated layer should be flipped vertical.

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Step 33

Next, we will turn the duplicated layer into a real shadow. To do that, select the duplicated “man” layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and then input the following:
  • Brightness: -100
  • Contrast: -100
  • Use Legacy: Check

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The result:

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Step 34

Next, let’s blur the shadow a little. To do that, select the duplicated “man” layer and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 2 pixels then click OK.

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The result:

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Step 35

Next, let’s adjust the shadow’s shape according to the light from the Christmas tree. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then right click on the canvas to open the contextual menu, on the menu, click on Distort.

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Now, let’s distort the shadow.

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The result:

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Step 36

Next, change the layer opacity of the duplicated man’s layer to 15%

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The result:

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Step 37

Now, that we’re done, select all the layers from Step 5 and 6 and then group the layers (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name the group to “Man”. In this step, we will learn how to create a vignette which will help enhance the focus on our subject. To start, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and use the same settings we used to create our canvas. (Refer to Step 1). Take note, the background contents should be: WHITE. Once it has been created, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. Find the tab Vignette and use these settings:
  • Vignette amount: -100
  • Midpoint: +50

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Step 38

Now that that’s done drag the vignette to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and put it on top of all the layers that we’ve created, and then set the following:
  • Blending mode: Multiply
  • Opacity to 40%
To set the blending mode, simply click on the drop-down menu beside the word “Normal” on the top part of the Layer window. The Opacity is located just beside that drop-down menu as well. See image below:

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The unblended Vignette will look like this:

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Once the blending mode is set to “Multiply” it would look like this:

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Step 39

To enhance the Christmas feel, let’s add some snow textures. Let’s start, by opening the stock image – “snowing texture” by wchild. Once it is open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas. Position it on our canvas as shown below:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the texture as shown below:

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The result:

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Step 40

Now, to make it blend with our image, just change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 70%

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The result:

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Step 41

Next, let’s add the second texture – open the Glitter Bokeh Texture Pack zip file by regularjane and then unzip the files, once unzipped, choose “glitter bokeh1_8″. Activate the Move tool (V) and drag the image to our canvas. Position it as shown below:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown below:

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The result:

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Step 42

Now, to make it blend with our image, just change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 40%

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The result:

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Now, select all these textures and then group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name the group to “snow textures”.

Step 43

Let us now enhance color of our image. Start off by creating a Solid Color adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button on the Layer window.

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Once the contextual menu opens, click on Solid Color:

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Now, clicking on the Solid Color option will open the Color Picker box. Set the color to #000627.

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Step 44

Make sure to put this Solid Color layer above the “Textures” group. Once done, change the Blending mode and Opacity of this Solid Color layer to the following:
  • Blending mode: Exclusion
  • Opacity: 60%

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Step 45

Next, let’s create a Color Balance adjustment layer from the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.

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When it opens, input the following:
  • Color Levels: -20, +5, 10
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check

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Step 46

Next, let’s create another Solid Color adjustment layer from the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”. Once the Solid Color box opens, input the following:

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Step 47

Change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending mode: Linear Dodge (add)
  • Opacity: 20%

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Step 48

Once done, we will now move to the creation of a Gradient Map layer; from the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button” click on Gradient Map.

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Now, when the Gradient Map box opens, do the following as shown on the images below:

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Step 49

You’ll notice that your image is now Black and White, so let’s change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending mode: Luminosity
  • Opacity: 60%

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The result should be similar to this:

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Final Results

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Giant Christmas Tree.zip | 173.96 MB

Tutorial by Michael Vincent Manalo

image021 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this tutorial will help you in creating an artwork to amaze family/friends in this yuletide season. Thank you for visiting this page and using my tutorial, if you want to see more of my art works, give me a shout at my website:http://www.wix.com/theflickerees/michaelVmanalo - Michael Vincent Manalo