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Create a Christmas Tree Photoshop Text Effect

Tutorials Text Effects 23816 Views December 6th, 2012

In this new Christmas tutorial we will make a creative text effect using a Christmas tree branch brush and lots of decorations like glitter stars and a cute silver bow; you can also add tinsel and colorful lights. I am really looking forward to see your results so upload your Christmas tree text effect on our comments section.


In this tutorial I will show you how to create an amazing Christmas tree text effect in Photoshop using a very realistic Christmas tree brush and also some cool oranaments like Christmas balls, shiny stars and a cool silver bow. You can also add some tinsel, sequins and decorate it in your own personal way. You have to try this text effect for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Write a simple text using your favorite font family; I will choose Cooper Std. Call this first layer Tree Text layer.

Download this amazing Christmas tree brush that we will need in the next step. Make a new layer and call it Christmas Tree Text 1. Set the Foreground colo #4c9021 and the Background Color #425508. Make a selection out of the Tree Text layer and pick the Christmas tree brush to Stroke Path. For the brush use a 30px size like shown in the image.

Very Important: Make sure you are in the right layer (Christmas Tree Text 1) before you press Stroke Path.

Open the layer style window of the Christmas Tree Text 1 and add a simple Drop Shadow effect. Hide the Tree Text layer; and make sure not to delete the Work Path because we will need it in the next step.

Create a new layer and call it Christmas Tree Text 2. Stroke Path using the same Work Path but this time change the brush size to around 45px. Also change the the Foreground colo to #3b6128 and the Background Color to #112709.

Open the layer style window of the Christmas Tree Text 2 and add again a simple Drop Shadow effect. You can also add a Smart Sharpen filter to obtain a more defined look. Return to the Christmas Tree Text 1 layer and move it to the right like shown in the image.

Time to decorate our Christmas tree text effect; I will start by adding some Christmas Balls in a new layer called Blue Christmas Balls. You can use a Hard Round Brush or you can use the Ellipse Tool to create the Christmas balls.

Open the layer style window and add the following styles for the Blue Christmas Balls layer. Set the Fill to 85% and for the Satin layer style choose the color #16459b.

Your text effect should now look like this. If you want you can add another layer style for the decorations or you can use real Christmas balls it is up to you.

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17 comment(s) for "Create a Christmas Tree Photoshop Text Effect"

9:21 AM Thursday, December 06, 2012
Very clever. Enjoy all your tutorials. reply
4:49 AM Saturday, December 08, 2012
Clean tutorial..i like the effect of the christmas tree brush on there..i'll take it thank you! reply
11:20 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
link is not working reply
11:21 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
What link? I have tested all of them and they work ok reply
12:24 AM Friday, December 14, 2012
Beautiful tut! But I have a problem. My brush setting isn't too good :( Would you tell me your brush settings? reply
12:27 AM Friday, December 14, 2012
You can see the settings for the Brush Tool in the preview of each step and also the tones of green that I've used.
Upload your result when it is done :) I am curious to see your Christmas tree text effect. reply
12:49 AM Monday, December 24, 2012
Hola, aqui te mando mi trabajo espero que te guste, gracias por el tutorial, como siempre es un placer hacerlo.
FELIZ NAVIDAD. un abrazo.
Hello, I send you my work here hope you like it, thanks for the tutorial, as always a pleasure to do.
MERRY CHRISTMAS. a hug. reply
12:52 AM Monday, December 24, 2012
Your Christmas tree inspired text effect looks great, I love it!
Un abrazo a ti tambien amiga y Feliz Navidad :) reply
Sevan K.
Sevan K.
1:36 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012
Very nice tutorial. I would like to try it but the xmas tree branch brush isn't compatible with my old PS7 :( Could you send it as psd-file to me?

Merry Christmas and a happy new year :) reply
1:37 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012
I actually had the same problem, because my brush settings like Scattering and Shape Dynamics were completely different. If you download the PSD, you can see what the settings should be :) reply
1:45 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012
Made by Abycat

1:45 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012
my tutorial was translated in Russian by so here are some of my favorites works inspired by this Christmas tree text effect Photoshop tutorial

Made by Svetlana

1:46 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012
Thank you Jen! reply
12:37 PM Saturday, December 29, 2012
Beautiful Christmas Text Effect made by ElenElen (

12:37 PM Saturday, December 29, 2012
work made by svladi (

9:05 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
Wonderful effect! I got a very festive card using it. Thanks for sharing. reply
9:12 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
I like the result very much, keep up the good work! reply

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