Christmas Wallpaper Tutorial

Resources:

You are welcome to use the pictures I have used, they are available in .gif format, click on the name to access the picture:

Tree Background

Presents 1

Presents 2

Presents 3

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This will be the finished result:

Christmas Wallpaper

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Open a new file 1920 x 1200, 72px resolution, fill the background with black.

Create a new layer. Using the Pen Tool, draw a squiggly line, roughly the shape of a Christmas tree:

Tree Line

Select the Brush Tool, and set to a hard brush, around 13px.

Make white the foreground colour

Select the Pen Tool, right click on the path and click on Stroke Path. Select Brush and make sure Simulate Pressure is not checked, click ok.

Right click on the path again and click on Delete Path.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Outer Glow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Inner Shadow Settings

Outer Glow Settings

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set to 3, click OK.

Create a new layer, then turn off the visibility of the background layer, right click on one of the visible layers and select Merge Visible.

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

Gradient Overlay Settings

Copy and paste the Background Tree image between the two existing layers, and apply the following Outer Glow settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Select the Custom Shape Tool and from the drop-down box, select 5 Point Star. In the Geometry Options, set the size to 70px x 70px:

Geometry Options Settings

Create a new layer above all other layers, and click once on the canvas, at the top of the tree.

Apply the following Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Outer Glow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Inner Shadow Settings

Outer Glow Settings

Create a new layer above existing layers, change foreground colour to #F275E8, select the Brush Tool and set to a soft brush, 200px. Set Opacity to 76% and Flow to 83% and click once on the canvas over the white star.

Create a new layer above existing layers. Select the Custom Shape Tool, select Circle Thin Frame, set the Geometry Options to Fixed Size, 120px x 120px, click once on the canvas, placing the circle so the star is in the middle of it.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set to 10. Click OK.

Turn off the visibility of the background layer, right click on any visible layer in the layers palette and click on Merge Visible. Turn the visibility of the background layer on again.

Create a new layer between the two existing layers.

Select the Custom Shape Tool, in the Geometry Options, set to Unconstrained.

Using the 3 different snowflakes, draw out different sizes to your liking.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set to 1, click OK.

Reduce the layer opacity to around 54%.

Copy and paste the Presents images into the project, and place them as required across the base of the tree, then merge the 3 layers together.

Apply the following Outer Glow settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Duplicate the layer.

Create a new layer, then turn off the visibility of all but the new layer and the duplicated layer. Right click on one of the visible layers in the layers palette and click on Merge Visible.

Turn on the visibility of all other layers.

Ctrl + T to select the Transform Tool, right click within the box and click on Flip Vertical.

Move the image down to below the original image.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the Blending Options and apply the following Outer Glow and Gradient Overlay settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Gradient Overlay Settings

Reduce the layer opacity to around 17%.

Select the Text Tool and the font of your choice (I used Algerian, size 150pt), with white as the foreground colour, type Merry Christmas or your chosen 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 a Drop Shadow, using the default settings.

Select the Text Tool, and using Algerian font, size 100pt, type a full stop (period). Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Rasterize Type.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set to 2, click OK.

Create a new layer, select the Brush Tool, and from the Assorted Brushes set, select Crosshatch 4 and set the size to around 80px. Set the Opacity to around 84% and the Flow to 100%.

Set the foreground colour to #FF0000.

Click once just above and left of centre, then drop the cursor down a fraction and click again.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set to 1, click OK.

Turn off the visibility of all other layers and merge the two layers that make the light together. Rename the layer to RedLight.

Duplicate the layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Check the Colorize box, and apply the following settings for the yellow light:

Hue: 58

Saturation: 100

Lightness: 0

Rename the layer to YellowLight

Duplicate the layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Check the Colorize box, and apply the following settings for the blue light:

Hue: 236

Saturation: 100

Lightness: -10

Rename the layer BlueLight.

Duplicate the layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Check the Colorize box, and apply the following settings for the purple light:

Hue: 276

Saturation: 100

Lightness: +15

Rename the layer PurpleLight.

Duplicate the layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Check the Colorize box, and apply the following settings for the green light:

Hue: 147

Saturation: 100

Lightness: -31

Rename the layer GreenLight.

Using the Move Tool, place the lights on the letters as required. Duplicate and move as many times as necessary until you have a result you are happy with.

Keep the lights and the text visible, turn off the visibility of all other layers. Right click on one of the visible layers and click on Merge Visible.

Duplicate the layer.

Ctrl + T for the Transform Tool, right click in the box and click on Flip Vertical.

Move the image below the original text image, press the Enter key to accept the transformation.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options, and apply the default gradient overlay settings (should be black to white).

Reduce the layer opacity to around 20%.

Turn off the opacity of the background layer and merge visible layers.

Make the background layer active and go to Select>All.

Make the Image layer active and go to Layers>Align Layer to Selection – click on Vertical Centers. Layers>Align Layer to Selection – click on Horizontal Centers.

Now you can merge or flatten the image.

Christmas Wallpaper

The finished project

 

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