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Create a Christmas Tree Floating Island in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 16593 Views December 13th, 2012

Learn how to create a fantasy Christmas tree floating island from this easy to follow photo manipulation tutorial. I really hope you will enjoy this new tutorial and that you will make creative Christmas cards for friends and family. As always I am waiting to see your results; hopefully they will be better than mine with new and interesting Christmas decorations. As you can see I have also added the "new 2013 year" near the Christmas tree but you can replace it with your own message, name, etc.


Let's take a quick look at the Christmas tree floating island photo manipulation that we are going to create in Photoshop using some simple blending techniques, adjustment layers, textures, brushes and of course the wonderful winter stock images.

First I will add a nice looking sky with clouds texture as background for the Christmas tree island. Use the texture twice using a layer mask transition to cover the entire canvas.

Time to add the floating island rock. As you can see it has a lot of saturated rusty tones of green, orange; so I will add a simple Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

Now I will use these tomatoe roots and add them on the rock island. First you have to extract the roots from the background. For that I will use a quick tip. Duplicate the Roots Layer and add a Threshold adjustment, level around 80.

Go to Filter, Stylize, Diffuse and choose Anisotropic; you will obtain a similar result.

Now use the Magic Wand Tool to select the black area, and with that selection on use it to remove the background from the original Roots Layer.

That is a simple way to make selections and crop objects without using the Pen Tool method that will take a lot of time. If you want to know more about Photoshop selection tools check out these tuts.

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6 comment(s) for "Create a Christmas Tree Floating Island in Photoshop"

1:17 AM Saturday, December 22, 2012
Christmas Tree Island Photo Manipulation
Made by Carrot))
1:17 AM Saturday, December 22, 2012
My tutorial was featured on and here are some of the best artworks inspired by my Christmas Tree Floating Island Photoshop tutorial

Made by kolobok555 reply
3:39 AM Saturday, January 11, 2014
Christmas Floating Island made in Photoshop by reply
4:53 AM Monday, December 21, 2015
Thank you for this tutorial. reply
9:07 AM Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Took me since yesterday afternoon to today, as have an old version of Photoshop Elements, however, it was fun putting my twist on this tutorial. Again hanks for giving your time to teach us, Merry Christmas. reply
9:19 AM Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Very creative work :) I am glad you enjoyed this Christmas time Photoshop lesson! reply

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