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Christmas Wallpaper Photo Manipulation Tutorial

Tutorials Photo Manipulation 29959 Views November 26th, 2011

Last year I made a Christmas wallpaper that was appreciated and downloaded by many people. Many of them wanted a tutorial on how it was created but because the season was ending I didn't get the chance of doing it. So I will do it for this Christmas.

It is actually a photo manipulation tutorial in which I combine different stock images and Photoshop brushes to transform the earth planet into a giant Christmas Ball.

I really hope you get inspired and create your own Christmas in Outer Space inspired Wallpapers. I would love to see your results!

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Resources Needed for This Tutorial

Before we start let's download all the resources that we need for this photo manipulation. So copy the stock images and install the Photoshop brushes from the following links:

Here are the best photography resources that you can use for your cool photo manipulations.

Because I am making an wallpaper I have to take into account the wallpaper size before I begin. As you know there are many different resolution sizes, for example 1600x1200, 1920x1080, and so on.

Usually, when I make a wallpaper, I create it at 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.

Another trick is to use a seamless pattern for the background and to blend the other images with this background, so that if you need a bigger image you can easily add extra pixels.

Wallpaper Background

So open a PSD file, size 1920x1200 and copy the Starfield Pattern as your first layer. Make sure you copy the big size image (2048x2048) that will cover the entire canvas. If you want to use the small size image you can save it as pattern because it is a seamless texture.

There are too many stars on this texture, so we will make some adjustments to obtain fewer stars. Go to Image, Adjustments, Levels and make the following settings.

Using Levels you can adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range of your image by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram. We have a simple image with only black and white tones, so you can easily see the changes. If you want to find out more about Levels you can check out this tutorial, Levels in Photoshop.

To soften the stars I decided to apply a Gaussian Blur Filter, small radius size 0.5 pixels.

Add the second Starfield Texture to make our background look more like a colorful galaxy. It seems that the author made this texture himself and it really looks great. If you are interested in making space landscapes from scratch and you want to learn how to create realistic galaxy in Photoshop, you can check out this collection of tutorials

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Lighten and set the opacity to 60%. We are making this adjustment because the focus point is the planet and not the background.

Planet in Photoshop

Add the Earth Planet and place it in the center of the canvas. You can see that the image already looks like a real planet with shadows and highlights added. All we have to do is try to blend it with the rest of our image.

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a round selection. To obtain a perfect circle keep the SHIFT key pressed. Copy the selection in another layer.

To copy a selection in another layer, first make the selection. Next, right click and choose Layer via Copy or Layer via Cut from the list. Another way is to go to the Layer menu and from the submenu New choose again Layer via Copy or Layer via Cut.

The same effect can be obtained using shortcuts. The key combination for Layer via Copy is CTRL+J and for Layer via Cut is SHIFT+CTRL+J. Try always to use shortcuts, it will make your life much easier.

Resize the planet to 85% and let's add some layer styles. We will start by adding Inner Shadow; the color for the shadow is #092541.

Add Outer Glow; the color for the glow is #0a80ee.

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27 comment(s) for "Christmas Wallpaper Photo Manipulation Tutorial"

Nisha
8:29 AM Monday, November 28, 2011
its very beautiful! nice tutorial :) reply
drivintest
8:44 AM Monday, November 28, 2011
good tutorial at good time
Joseph

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Ainsley
12:06 PM Monday, November 28, 2011
Looks Amazing!!! Really nice work! reply
Hinke
Hinke
12:18 PM Monday, November 28, 2011
Nice wallpaper and excellent description about how to make it.
I would really love to download the wallpaper. Do you have a link where I can find it?

Thanks reply
PSDDude
12:26 PM Monday, November 28, 2011
Thanks Ainsley! reply
PSDDude
5:50 PM Monday, November 28, 2011
I am glad you like it! Here you can find the Xmas Wallpaper Download that I have made last year. They are not identical ! reply
Alex
5:12 PM Saturday, December 03, 2011
This looks great. :) reply
PSDDude
5:16 PM Saturday, December 03, 2011
Thanks Alex! reply
Waco Webdesign
2:29 PM Sunday, December 04, 2011
Love this tutorial. Thx a lot. reply
PSDDude
2:46 PM Sunday, December 04, 2011
I'm glad to hear it! reply
Tutorial Lounge
6:47 PM Sunday, December 04, 2011
amazing idea and useful tips you sharing in this tutorial. thanks reply
PSDDude
6:48 PM Sunday, December 04, 2011
:) thank you! reply
Logo Design Company
11:03 AM Thursday, December 08, 2011
wow such a great tutorial!! this idea is really amazing, i will try it :) thanks for sharing this unique christmas wallpaper idea! reply
PSDDude
11:03 AM Thursday, December 08, 2011
:) your comment makes me happy ! reply
Maria
Maria
7:42 AM Friday, December 09, 2011
Nice work. Especially manually created ball hook :) reply
PSDDude
7:43 AM Friday, December 09, 2011
Thank you Maria! reply
Steven
11:43 AM Monday, December 12, 2011
wow these tutorial is really fantastic, i read and made this tutorial side by side... its looks really fantastic :) thanks for sharing dear... reply
PSDDude
11:44 AM Monday, December 12, 2011
I am glad my work is appreciated ! reply
ninaelch
ninaelch
7:30 AM Sunday, February 05, 2012
una idea fabulosa!!!!!
esta imagen si a subido a la primera, gracias por tus consejos!!!!!
un abrazo. reply
PSDDude
7:37 AM Sunday, February 05, 2012
gracias ninaelch, me gusta mucho tu trabajo :)
un abrazo a ti tambien amiga!!!


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oba
oba
11:51 PM Friday, October 12, 2012
please I need some help and anybody's suggestion will be ok. when ever i reduce a pix (by clicking on one of the edge of the picture) with a high resolution on Photoshop, the picture always become blur and looses its sharpness and the same thing happens with text. please what can i do to correct this.....am waiting please. thanks in advance reply
PSDDude
12:28 AM Saturday, October 13, 2012
I don't really understand your question. To reduce an image with a pixel simply go to the Image - Image Size and input the new size.
If you are making a selection and contract that selection with 1 pixel what you describes it doesn't happen either.

Pliz take a clear example and explain all the steps that you are making and the result you are getting(and of course the result that you want to obtain)! reply
MarmotteSeptimontaine
MarmotteSeptimontaine
11:47 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
Bonjour,

Merci pour votre site tr??s sympathique et tr??s bien expliqu??.
Voici ma cr??ation un peu transform??e :)

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Hello,

Thank you for your website very nice and very well explained.
Here is my creation turned a little :) reply
PSDDude
11:51 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
Hello MarmotteSeptimontaine,

I am really glad when people appreciate my work and when they practice the tutorials I am even happier! Very good result :) reply
Ksusha
Ksusha
9:06 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
Great tutorial! I enjoyed doing it. Hope you'll like my result. reply
John
9:20 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
The result is nice but you should add a Photo Filter adjustment layer to blend all the color/elements together. And the position of the Christmas trees must be on the edge of the Christmas ball otherwise the perspective isn't quite right! reply
Ksusha
Ksusha
1:25 AM Saturday, January 12, 2013
Thanks for advice! reply

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