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
- dry winter field – night fate stock
- storming sky – vimark
- Winter Field – night fate stock
- Frosted Christmas Tree PSD – dbszabo1
- Winter Walking – tlst
- snowing texture – wchild
- Glitter Bokeh Texture Pack – regularjane
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
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.
Once activated, create a selection area around the sky as shown below:
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:
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.
Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the image as shown below:
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:
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:
Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize this layer as shown below:
Now, let’s blend these two skies together. To do that, simply change the Blending mode of “sky 2”.
Change the Blending mode of “sky 2” to Soft Light and the Opacity, should still be at 100%.
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.
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:
Rename this layer to “ground”. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown on the images below:
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:
- Brush size: 100px
- Hardness: 0%
- Opacity: 100%
- Flow: 100%
Now, let’s erase:
Now, let’s brighten the horizon – let’s start by creating a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) on top of the “ground” layer. Name this layer to “brighten”.
Activate the Brush tool (B) then make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:
Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:
Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.
Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
- Brush size: 700px
- Hardness: 0%
- Opacity: 15%
- Flow: 100%
- #: ffffff
Note: The #: ffffff is the color of the brush. To change it to that, simply do the following:
Once the Color Picker box opens, input the following on the # box:
Now, we’re all set to paint, use the brush as shown on the image below: