Beautiful Christmas Vision Tutorial And Wallpaper

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title-christmas-scene It’s been a while since I haven’t done any tutorial for Photoshop, but my Christmas spirit is telling me, I must do something to change that. Yes, I am totally deep in heap of snow and I am throwing one snowball to You too! Actually this is just my first attempt to create something like that, so don’t be harsh, but hey – maybe You can just smile and accompany me in this simple Christmas wallpaper tutorial?

We will learn how to use pen tool, use paths, smudge tool and yes – how to create 3D effect in Photoshop in joyful way!

This is what we are going to create this time, finished result:

finished-wallpaper

Click on the wallpaper to view and download it full sized.

Step 1

Create a new document, I wanted this to use later as wallpaper, so I used 1920×1200 resolution, 72 dpi.

Activate radial gradient (G), use colors #3d51f7 and #1525a0 and fill background with it like in the picture below.

gradient

winter-vision

Step 2

Now let’s create some hills and falls.

Hit CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer and press P to activate Your Pen tool. Do selection like picture below creating smooth lines and don’t forget to close whole selection.

pentool-hill

Now bring up Your path panel – Window–>Path and press CTRL+CLICK on the work path to make selection.

path-selection

Grab again gradient tool (G), but this time use linear gradient using colors – #a2acff and #4759e5.

linear-gradient

hill-color

Step 3

It’s time we add more snow feel to hills.

Go to Filter–>Add Noise and use settings like me. This action will give us snow effect.

add-noise

This is important – with still Your hill selected, grab smudge tool and smudge our hill in the right direction, like on the picture below.

flow

Pick Your own settings or choose mine, but be patient, this action takes much memory, so Your computer will sow down for a time while smudging.

settings-smudge

Ok, I am checking with You – I got result like this :

smudge-snow

Step 4

Now repeat step 3 multiple times using different colors to get more unique results, but I cheated and just duplicated this layer several times and I’ll go through those steps with You too:

I duplicated Layer 1 four times, You can do it with right click on the layer and clicking “Duplicate Layer” or just pressing CTRL+ALT+UP button.

Move every duplicate to create hills and falls – flip few layers horizontally, by pressing CTRL+T and right click on layer and “Flip Horizontal”.

Also if You got ugly corners press CTRL+T and right click –>Warp moving Your layer until it looks okay for You.

warp

Looks already interesting? But let’s add more natural colors to add 3D look.

duplicate-hills

Step 5

Remember Your layer hills in the front must be lighter and hills at the back must be more in the shadow.

I won’t go in details with these steps, just use different colors in the inner glow, example of my back layer settings:

layer-style-inner

You should use a little different settings on each layer to get effect like me:

coloured-hills

Step 6

Let’s add stars on our background now.

Organize Your hill layers, by selecting them all holding SHIFT and clicking on each of them and pressing CTRL+G then to group all hill layers.

Rename new group to “Hills”.

Now create new layer ( CTRL+SHIFT+N), right above the background, fill it with black ( choose black and ALT+DELETE to fill).

Go to Filter–>Add Noise and add settings like on picture below (amount 20-30):

noise

Change Blending style to Color Dodge

color-dodge

To get lesser amount of white noise, go to Image–>Adjustments–>Brightness/Contrast:

brightness-contrast

Press CTRL+L or go Image–> Adjustments–> Levels, to get little more different effect, if You need:

levels

And optionally grab soft brush, change opacity to 40-50% and erase something if You feel You have to much stars.

Step 7

Now create a new layer, grab soft white brush (17-20px) to create a snow or pick some cool Christmas brushes from my collection – 48 Snow, Ice, Snowflake and Christmas Brushes, but if You are interested I will guide You shortly through my final steps –

Change opacity and randomly put snow in the sky.

snow

Now, I used Christmas Tree brushes, added outer glow, shadow on the bottom of the tree and got result like this:

christmas-tree

Create new layer right above background,sky and hills;

Press CTRL+A to select all,  choose elliptical marque tool and take selection like me:

eliptical

selection

Press ALT+DELETE to fill Your layer with foreground color ( You must have black color #000000), change opacity if it’s too dark.

I also added some more brushes, Christmas text and we’re finished! I didn’t go detailed on finish, so everybody of You can create unique wallpaper to share with friends, and again don’t forget about my brush collection – 48 Snow, Ice, Snowflake and Christmas Brushes.

merry-christmas

Download *psd file

Download Christmas Scene Wallpaper (1920x1200px)

Please share with Your results if You go through this tutorial and feel free to ask if You don’t understand something! Merry X-mas!

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Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

32 Comments Best Comments First
  • Dee Langdon - BloggerNewbie

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 14:55

    1

    That is so cool. No creative talent here. Stumbled!

    Dee Langdon – BloggerNewbies last blog post : 8 Writing Tips

    0
  • Plukie

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 17:44

    11

    I don’t know if you were doing the same as me, but I found it easier to draw the elipse, invert the selection and then fill. I think that’s what I did anyway. ;)

    I just wanted to say, thank you very much for this tutorial, it was fantastic and opens up a whole new world for me on photoshop. Just one thing though, when I came to download your brushes, I wanted the snowflake ones, it said that they are not compatible with the version of Photoshop that I am using. I’m using CS3. Any ideas? Thanks once again.

    Plukie

    0
  • carolyn

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 13:45

    10

    Hi,

    I’m trying to do this tutorial and have got stuck right at the end! It’s going to be something obvious but anyway, here goes… I’m at step where I have to create a layer above the background, sky and hills layers. I select all and then when I try to remove the ellipse from the selection the dashed line of the selection doesn’t appear, it disappears as soon as I let go of the mouse button. Therefore when I fill with black it fills the entire image, not just the ellipse. Can anyone see where I am going wrong? Thanks.

    Carolyn

    0
  • MrzRagz

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008 16:40

    12

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I made this last night and it came out beautiful.

    0
  • Brandon

    Monday, December 1st, 2008 20:38

    13

    Could you please fix the download .psd link? It just opens up this page in a new tab.

    Thanks,

    0
  • MALI

    Thursday, December 4th, 2008 09:57

    15

    what a nice tutorial. Thank you!

    0
  • Matthew Carpenter

    Monday, December 1st, 2008 21:38

    14

    Where is the psd file for download? When you click it just goes back to the tutorial.

    Thanks,

    Matthew

    Matthew Carpenters last blog post : Desktop Wallpaper Calendar for December

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 01:14

    9

    Thanks again people!

    @jorand1sky better just leave direct link, but thanks for going through this tutorial at all..:)

    @dan huh, look carefully at screenshot. Before making selection with elliptical marque tool, put feather to 200px. That’s all trick to get very natural fade effects, hope now problem is solved :)

    0
  • dan

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 00:20

    8

    Hi was wondering how you did the last fade in effect. Trying to do it with layer masks and gradient tools, but it doesnt look good..

    How do you do it..

    Fantastic turtorial btw

    dan

    0
  • DeveloperFox

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 08:03

    3

    Great Christmas wallpaper tutorial.
    keep it on.

    DeveloperFoxs last blog post : 15 Excellent handpicked Clean Firefox themes

    0
  • Daniel Richard

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 06:56

    2

    Sweet! It’s very nice looking and simple to create. Liked it!

    Daniel Richards last blog post : 7 Anti-Worry Hacks During This Financial Crisis

    0
  • Mfz

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 12:16

    4

    Great tutorial! ;)

    Mfzs last blog post : Ieejot ritmā

    0
  • Gini's Magic

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 13:14

    5

    Wow, what an awesome tutorial. I love the snowy hills and starry sky.

    Gini’s Magics last blog post : Photoshop Tutorial – How to Create a Soft Fog Effect

    0
  • Johnson Koh

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008 07:59

    7

    Simple and nice :D
    Great work~!

    Johnson Kohs last blog post : Draw your Snowman in Photoshop

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 22:58

    6

    oh well, thanks for the kind words :)

    Yes, very simple and trivial outcome, but as for me, it’s just like I feel.

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, December 5th, 2008 02:22

    16

    @Brandon & Matthew – link fixed! Thanks for pointing that out!

    0
  • Benn Wolfe

    Friday, December 5th, 2008 06:37

    17

    Thank you for this tutorial. I used it for inspiration for a couple banners on my website. http://www.tatstore.com

    http://www.tatstore.com/images/blogstuff/holidayswarovskisale.jpg

    0
  • Karar H Sunny

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 00:47

    28

    hey there, love your tutorial :) could u tell me what was the font you used?

    0
  • kamran

    Thursday, March 11th, 2010 13:57

    27

    thank you so much ,i really gain a lot of new things from here. its very very easy way to learn……..

    0
  • Otto

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 14:19

    29

    If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

    0
  • Reegon

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 22:53

    30

    Wow man, thanks very much. This is just what I needed. Great job!

    0
  • Matt

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011 14:51

    32

    Really nice tutorial.

    Which Font or Brush do you use for the “Merry Christmas” Slogan? Want to a a “we wish you” …

    Thx
    Matt

    0
  • Giovanna

    Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 11:02

    31

    Hi Dainis, very awesome work!

    Can we use it to make a christmas postcard for our customers and friends?

    We are a small gardering firm from Italy.

    0
  • Ifrah

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 12:07

    26

    Great collection!. i cant stop myself to admire your creativity.

    0
  • Mike

    Thursday, December 10th, 2009 07:17

    25

    Thank you – I am a high school teacher and will introduce your vision to my students – well done – great fun – nice use with brushes – they will get to experience some new techniques.

    0
  • Hedda

    Friday, December 12th, 2008 08:50

    19

    Wonderful tutorial and brushes – thank you so much!

    0
  • elisa

    Friday, December 12th, 2008 01:25

    18

    This is a great Christmas tutorial! I have just finished to create my own wallpaper following your instruction and I’m very satisfated of the result! Thank you so much!

    0
  • Tutorials Room

    Monday, December 15th, 2008 23:57

    20

    Good Tutorial! It was chosen for the home page of http://www.tutorialsroom.com

    Waiting for your next tutorial :)

    Tutorials Rooms last blog post : Futuristic Blackboard

    0
  • Gavan

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 10:18

    21

    Your Xmas tutorial was lots of fun and brought some xmas cheer to the tropics were I live in 35 Deg C heat.

    So the blue cooled things down for me, thank you, Merry Xmas.

    0
  • david alan

    Friday, December 4th, 2009 00:22

    24

    thanks for the contribution the stay unloading for redesign thanks

    0
  • hi5

    Sunday, November 15th, 2009 14:37

    23

    A very brief and well put together article for those not so savvy with web dev. Good read. Even for an experienced web dev’r like myself.

    0
  • Sher

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 22:59

    22

    Very nice brushes but I am disappointed they don’t work in PS6.

    0
  • Matt

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011 14:51

    32

    Really nice tutorial.

    Which Font or Brush do you use for the “Merry Christmas” Slogan? Want to a a “we wish you” …

    Thx
    Matt

    0
  • Giovanna

    Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 11:02

    31

    Hi Dainis, very awesome work!

    Can we use it to make a christmas postcard for our customers and friends?

    We are a small gardering firm from Italy.

    0
  • Reegon

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 22:53

    30

    Wow man, thanks very much. This is just what I needed. Great job!

    0
  • Otto

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 14:19

    29

    If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

    0
  • Karar H Sunny

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 00:47

    28

    hey there, love your tutorial :) could u tell me what was the font you used?

    0
  • kamran

    Thursday, March 11th, 2010 13:57

    27

    thank you so much ,i really gain a lot of new things from here. its very very easy way to learn……..

    0
  • Ifrah

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 12:07

    26

    Great collection!. i cant stop myself to admire your creativity.

    0
  • Mike

    Thursday, December 10th, 2009 07:17

    25

    Thank you – I am a high school teacher and will introduce your vision to my students – well done – great fun – nice use with brushes – they will get to experience some new techniques.

    0
  • david alan

    Friday, December 4th, 2009 00:22

    24

    thanks for the contribution the stay unloading for redesign thanks

    0
  • hi5

    Sunday, November 15th, 2009 14:37

    23

    A very brief and well put together article for those not so savvy with web dev. Good read. Even for an experienced web dev’r like myself.

    0
  • Sher

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 22:59

    22

    Very nice brushes but I am disappointed they don’t work in PS6.

    0
  • Gavan

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 10:18

    21

    Your Xmas tutorial was lots of fun and brought some xmas cheer to the tropics were I live in 35 Deg C heat.

    So the blue cooled things down for me, thank you, Merry Xmas.

    0
  • Tutorials Room

    Monday, December 15th, 2008 23:57

    20

    Good Tutorial! It was chosen for the home page of http://www.tutorialsroom.com

    Waiting for your next tutorial :)

    Tutorials Rooms last blog post : Futuristic Blackboard

    0
  • Hedda

    Friday, December 12th, 2008 08:50

    19

    Wonderful tutorial and brushes – thank you so much!

    0
  • elisa

    Friday, December 12th, 2008 01:25

    18

    This is a great Christmas tutorial! I have just finished to create my own wallpaper following your instruction and I’m very satisfated of the result! Thank you so much!

    0
  • Benn Wolfe

    Friday, December 5th, 2008 06:37

    17

    Thank you for this tutorial. I used it for inspiration for a couple banners on my website. http://www.tatstore.com

    http://www.tatstore.com/images/blogstuff/holidayswarovskisale.jpg

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, December 5th, 2008 02:22

    16

    @Brandon & Matthew – link fixed! Thanks for pointing that out!

    0
  • MALI

    Thursday, December 4th, 2008 09:57

    15

    what a nice tutorial. Thank you!

    0
  • Matthew Carpenter

    Monday, December 1st, 2008 21:38

    14

    Where is the psd file for download? When you click it just goes back to the tutorial.

    Thanks,

    Matthew

    Matthew Carpenters last blog post : Desktop Wallpaper Calendar for December

    0
  • Brandon

    Monday, December 1st, 2008 20:38

    13

    Could you please fix the download .psd link? It just opens up this page in a new tab.

    Thanks,

    0
  • MrzRagz

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008 16:40

    12

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I made this last night and it came out beautiful.

    0
  • Plukie

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 17:44

    11

    I don’t know if you were doing the same as me, but I found it easier to draw the elipse, invert the selection and then fill. I think that’s what I did anyway. ;)

    I just wanted to say, thank you very much for this tutorial, it was fantastic and opens up a whole new world for me on photoshop. Just one thing though, when I came to download your brushes, I wanted the snowflake ones, it said that they are not compatible with the version of Photoshop that I am using. I’m using CS3. Any ideas? Thanks once again.

    Plukie

    0
  • carolyn

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 13:45

    10

    Hi,

    I’m trying to do this tutorial and have got stuck right at the end! It’s going to be something obvious but anyway, here goes… I’m at step where I have to create a layer above the background, sky and hills layers. I select all and then when I try to remove the ellipse from the selection the dashed line of the selection doesn’t appear, it disappears as soon as I let go of the mouse button. Therefore when I fill with black it fills the entire image, not just the ellipse. Can anyone see where I am going wrong? Thanks.

    Carolyn

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 01:14

    9

    Thanks again people!

    @jorand1sky better just leave direct link, but thanks for going through this tutorial at all..:)

    @dan huh, look carefully at screenshot. Before making selection with elliptical marque tool, put feather to 200px. That’s all trick to get very natural fade effects, hope now problem is solved :)

    0
  • dan

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 00:20

    8

    Hi was wondering how you did the last fade in effect. Trying to do it with layer masks and gradient tools, but it doesnt look good..

    How do you do it..

    Fantastic turtorial btw

    dan

    0
  • Johnson Koh

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008 07:59

    7

    Simple and nice :D
    Great work~!

    Johnson Kohs last blog post : Draw your Snowman in Photoshop

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 22:58

    6

    oh well, thanks for the kind words :)

    Yes, very simple and trivial outcome, but as for me, it’s just like I feel.

    0
  • Gini's Magic

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 13:14

    5

    Wow, what an awesome tutorial. I love the snowy hills and starry sky.

    Gini’s Magics last blog post : Photoshop Tutorial – How to Create a Soft Fog Effect

    0
  • Mfz

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 12:16

    4

    Great tutorial! ;)

    Mfzs last blog post : Ieejot ritmā

    0
  • DeveloperFox

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 08:03

    3

    Great Christmas wallpaper tutorial.
    keep it on.

    DeveloperFoxs last blog post : 15 Excellent handpicked Clean Firefox themes

    0
  • Daniel Richard

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 06:56

    2

    Sweet! It’s very nice looking and simple to create. Liked it!

    Daniel Richards last blog post : 7 Anti-Worry Hacks During This Financial Crisis

    0
  • Dee Langdon - BloggerNewbie

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 14:55

    1

    That is so cool. No creative talent here. Stumbled!

    Dee Langdon – BloggerNewbies last blog post : 8 Writing Tips

    0

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