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 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:

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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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