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Christmas Cartoon Character in Photoshop

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Learn how to create a beautiful Christmas Card in Photoshop perfect for winter holidays. We'll draw a Christmas Ball, adding it face features that will make it look like a cute Christmas cartoon character.

Most of the elements are vector shapes so you can easily resize them to create a beautiful Christmas Wallpaper. We are going to use all sorts of Christmas brushes and shapes so it's going to be an interesting tutorial, that is what I hope anyway! I am also giving you the free PSD file where you can find all the missing pieces of this tutorial.

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How to Create a Christmas Vector Background

Open a new PSD file. If you want to make a Christmas wallpaper , the proper size is 1920x1200 px size. That way, since most people's resolutions are that size or smaller, the wallpaper comes out looking good. It's always better to shrink it than to try and stretch it.

To obtain a vector background we have to use only vector shapes. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool, which is along with Ellipse Tool, Line Tool, Custom Shape Tool, Pen Tool and so on, is a tool that creates vector shapes in Photoshop . Next I will add a simple Gradient Overlay, by opening the layer styles window:

Draw a shape using the Pen Tool like in the image. Add layer styles to make it look like a snow hill.

Set the Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Bevel Emboss and Gradient Overlay. Make the following settings for color gradients, shadows and angles:

Draw another snow vector shape, similar with the one above. Add the same layer styles but with different settings:

How to Create a Christmas Trees in Photoshop

Next step is to add random Christmas trees in front of the first Snow Hill layer and some Christmas trees behind the second Snow Hill layer. Normally I would have used a Christmas tree brush. But, because I want this to be a vector background I will use Christmas tree shapes.

Download the CSH file and install it in Photoshop. Select the Custom Shape Tool and pick from the list, the "tree 1" shape. Use different sizes and colors. You can of course use other Christmas tree vectors from this set but use only one type, otherwise it will not look good.

To draw a perfect custom shape, you have to constrain proportions to match defined shape. The easiest way is to keep the SHIFT key pressed while drawing the shape. Or you can open the Custom Shape Options and check Defined Proportions.

Add some white shapes using the Pen Tool. These shapes represent lighten snow areas.

How to Create a Christmas Ball in Photoshop

With the Pen Tool create a simple Christmas Ball shape. Choose a light green color #87f21f. Open the layer style window and add Inner Shadow and Inner Glow.

Duplicate the Christmas Ball layer and set the Fill to 0%. Open the layer style window and add Inner Shadow:

Duplicate the Christmas Ball layer again and add Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay with the following settings:

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2 comment(s) for "Christmas Cartoon Character in Photoshop"

John
John
3:13 PM Friday, December 02, 2011
This is sooo cute! reply
PSDDude
8:06 AM Sunday, December 04, 2011
thank you my friend! reply

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