Christmas Design Tutorial

Resources:

Curly Joe Font from DaFont

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The finished project:

Christmas Design

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Start a new file, 1000 x 800, 72px resolution.

Fill the background with black.

Create a new layer, make the foreground colour white.

Select the Brush Tool and set to a soft, round brush, 300px.

Click twice for each circle, add a few circles at 300px, then reduce the brush size. Continue in this way until you are happy with the coverage of circles.

Circles

Duplicate the layer.

Working on the original layer, go to Filter>Stylize>Wind – set to Blast, From the Right, click OK.

Filter>Wind (this applies the same filter again)

Filter>Stylize>Wind – set to Blast, From the Left, click OK

Filter>Wind

Make the duplicate layer active, duplicate the layer.

Working on the lower layer, go to Image>Rotate Canvas – click on 90°CW.

Go to Filter>Wind – twice.

Filter>Stylize>Wind – set to Blast, From the Right.

Filter>Wind

Image>Rotate Canvas – click on 90°CCW.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options, and apply the following Color Overlay settings:

Color Overlay Settings

Copy and paste the layer style to the layer below, lower the opacity of this layer to 70%

Circles with Color Overlay

Make the top layer active and apply the following Outer Glow and Gradient Overlay settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Gradient Overlay Settings

Lower the opacity of the layer to 78%

Turn off the visibility of the background layer and right click on one of the visible layers. Click on Merge Visible.

Turn the visibility of the background layer back on.

Create a new layer between the two existing layers.

Select the Brush Tool, set to a soft, round brush, size around 120px.

Daub some circles between the baubles.

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – set to 25, click OK

Double click on the layer to bring up the blending options and apply the following Outer Glow settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Select the Text Tool and Curly Joe Font, size around 180pt, set white as the foreground colour. Type in the required text.

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Rasterize Type.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options, and apply the following Drop Shadow, Bevel & Emboss, Gradient Overlay and Stroke settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Gradient Overlay Settings

Stroke Settings

Create a new layer and turn off the visibility of all but the text layer and the blank layer. Right click on one of the visible layers and click on Merge Visible.

Duplicate the layer.

Ctrl + Click on the original text layer (the lower one) to select the pixels.

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 3, click OK.

Set white as the foreground colour.

Edit>Fill – Foreground Color, click OK.

Christmas Design

The finished project

 

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