How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop
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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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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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