How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Breathtaking Christmas Artwork in Photoshop
In this photo-manipulation tutorial, we will learn how to create a huge Christmas tree sitting alone in a desolate winter field. This tutorial will show you how to create this beautiful image using images and textures and apply special lighting effects to make the Christmas tree glow.

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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:

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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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