How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop
  • 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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11 comments on “How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop”

  1. At step 8, "Change the Blending mode of "sky 2" to Soft Light" but you changed it to Overlay..

    Well, which one is it sir?

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