Step 1Create a new document. Using a Layer Style, apply a Gradient Overlay using the setting shown below.
Step 2Using the the Line Tool, let’s create two lines as shown below. This will be our reference for the Christmas tree.
Step 3Let’s place our Santa Claus Icon in the center of our tree. Using the Pen Tool, draw some lines as shown below using Paths instead of shape layer.
Step 4Now, still using the Pen Tool, let’s round our lines choosing the Convert Point Tool.
Step 5Next, create a new Layer and name it 'star path'. Now open your Brushes Palette (Window > Brushes) and select the Brush shown below. Then set it at the values shown below in the screenshots and then change the Blending Mode to Color Dodge.
Step 6Let’s choose the Brush Tool and make sure that the brush we created is selected. To create the star tree, using the Path Selection Tool (A), Ctrl-click Stroke Path. A dialog box will appear, and in there choose Brush.
Step 7As you can see, the stars follow the path we created and they change size, rotation, and opacity. Now let’s choose another brush, and in a new layer , let’s add some lighting effects. Select the brush shown below and paint a star over Santa’s glass.
Next, in a new layer, paint a big star at the top of the tree.
Step 8Select the 'star path' layer and double-click the layer to open the Layer Style dialog box. Select Outer Glow as shown below, and add some glow to the stars.
Step 9Now add some text using the Horizontal Type Tool (F) and type XMAS (or whatever word you would like to type). Double-click the layer to open the Layer Style dialog box.
Now let’s add some effects.
Step 10To create the shadow of the text, just duplicate the text layer and flip it vertically (Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical). Move it right below the XMAS text and apply Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. After that, choose the Gradient Tool (G), set the colors to black and white, and fill the mask with it.
Step 11Add the Merry text and some more icons and repeat the previous step to create reflections for all of them.
Step 12Let’s add a bit of snow.
- Set the colors to dark gray and black.
- Create a new layer and go to Filter>Render>Clouds.
- Apply some Gaussian Blur.
- Go to Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint
- Add some Motion Blur
- Change the layer's blending mode to Overlay at 30%.
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