How to Create a Magical Christmas Snow Globe in Photoshop

How to Create a Magical Christmas Snow Globe in Photoshop
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Are you still with me? Congratulations for having patience to follow these steps. Now the things will get a bit easier so stay with me until the end. Let’s add a vignette to our scene. Create a new layer and fill it with white. Change the blending mode to Multiply and apply Filter > Lens Correction with the settings shown below.
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Step 51

Add  a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and increase the contrast to 50.
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Step 52

Create a new layer and fill it with black. Create a flare by going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and using the settings shown below.
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Step 53

Now change the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 36%. Move the flare as you see fit and if you see any hard edges simply hide them by adding a layer mask and painting with black over them.
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Step 54

Create a new Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) and set the blending mode to Overlay. Lower the fill to 46% and use the settings shown below.
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Choose the “Small Dawn” brush from the brush presets and paint with white some glam/bokeh over the scene. Lower the opacity to 10%.
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Step 56

Repeat the previous step but this time use a deep blue (#274e9d)  and lower the opacity of the layer to 47%. Also you should set the blending mode to Color Dodge.
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Step 57

Open the file “Snow Texture”. Select all, copy and paste it in our scene. Set the blending mode to screen and lower the opacity to 14%. You can also hide away this snow effect in the center by using a layer mask and painting with black over the bubble.
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Import the “Mist” brush and paint some white mist below the hand on a new layer.
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Step 59

Import the “Trees” brush. Find the pines in the brush presets and on a new layer create some white pines below the hand. Add a glow effect.
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Step 60

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Color Dodge. With a soft white brush paint over the bottom part of the hand to make it look better.
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Final Results

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Tutorial by Mihail Dragovich

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Thank you for following this tutorial. I really hope that you had fun and learned to use Photoshop better. - Mihail Dragovich
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10 comments on “How to Create a Magical Christmas Snow Globe in Photoshop”

    1. Some of the original images don't exist anymore and so we've updated them to use alternative images. Unfortunately, this happens a lot with free images. You can still follow the tutorial using similar images and get the same composition.

  1. This is lovely. It looks like a lot of work, but it's worth it! I might do something like this for next year's Christmas cards. Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. At first I thought this was going to be hard to follow, but the resource list was a real big help. Thanks for posting!

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