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Snowman Christmas Card

Tutorials Drawing 11953 Views July 27th, 2010

Hello, In this tutorial I want to show you how simple it is to make a Christmas card. I will draw a snowman and place it in a fairy tale winter landscape. I will also show you how to draw snow and tree branches.

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Step 1 - Prepare the background

Open a new psd file 600/500 pixels. Draw a rectangle 600/500 pixels. Go to Blending Options of this layer and set Gradient Overlay.

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This layer represents a winter night sky.

Step 2 - Add Snow Dunes

With the Pen Tool draw a shape like this. The color is # dbeef3. Call this layer Snow Dune 1.

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Draw another shape, color # d3ebf1. Call this layer Snow Dune 2.

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Lets add highlights and shadow to the snow dunes. With the same Pen Tool draw three shapes like in the picture below.

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Step 3 - Draw the Snowman Body

I will use the Pen Tool to draw the Snowman Body Layer. The color is # d3ebf1 and for the stroke color I've chosen the color # b6d6dd.

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Step 4 - Draw the Snowman Scarf

Now I will draw a scarf for the snowman. I will use the Pen Tool. The scarf is composed by three layers as you can see in the image below. Start with scarf 1, than 2 and 3.

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Go to Blending Options for all three parts of the scarf and do the following settings:

But first you need to download those patterns from here. Save them and than Load Patterns.

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Step 5 - Draw the Snowman Hat

Instead of a hat I will draw a bucket on the snowman's head.

Set the Foreground Color # abb3b6. With the Ellipse Tool draw a circle. Go to Edit - Transform - Rotate ( rotate angle 10,9). Duplicate this layer and scale it to 80% on width and height. Move it upper.

Now with the Pen Tool draw a shape between the two ellipses like in the picture below. The order of drawing is 1, 2, 3.

I have seted the opacity to 60 % to see all the layers.

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Select all three layers, right click and Rasterize Layers.

Select Ellipse 3 and Ellipse 2 and duplicate layers. Add a stroke to this layers, size 1 and color # 728288. Select those layers duplicated and merge layers. Call this layer Borders Layer.

With Eraser Tool delete the bottom part of the two ellipses so that you obtain only 2 dark lines.

Press CTRL and the Thumbnail of the layer Ellipse 3 and go to Shape 1 and press delete.

Select Ellipse 2 and Shape 1 and merge them. Call the new layer Bucket Layer.

Press CTRL and the Thumbnail of the Snowman Body layer than return to Ellipse 3 and press delete. Add to Bucket and Ellipse 3 a stroke size 1 and color # 728288.

You should now have something like this :

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Step 6 - Draw the Snowman Face

Draw a carrot with Pen Tool and place it in the nose area.

Draw two circles with Ellipse Tool, color black.

Paint little black points in the mouth area with Brush Tool.

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Step 7 - Draw the Snowman Arms

Take the Pen Tool and draw 2 shapes like in the picture below. The color that I have used is #b6712c. You can of course choose other color and/or shape.

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Select the two shapes and click merge layers. Than with Burn Tool start burning the edges of the snowman arms. You will have to act several times to obtain different color tones.

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Than with Dodge Tool start lighting parts of the snowman arms like in the image.

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6 comment(s) for "Snowman Christmas Card"

Gonzalo
Gonzalo
7:00 AM Thursday, December 10, 2009
I'll be trying this tut out soon. Great job! reply
Emy
Emy
7:00 AM Friday, December 11, 2009
i'll add some snowflakes! thanks for the tut reply
PhotoshopTuts
7:00 AM Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Dude, there are 40 degrees Celsius outside i am melting ... your snowman it is so happy surrounded by snow :((( reply
Critic
Critic
7:00 AM Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Maybe incorporating something other than drawing everything with the pen tool? reply
Emiliya
Emiliya
12:00 AM Monday, December 17, 2012
I know that is not perfect, but for my experience i can say that i like it :)
The tutorial was again great, thanks! reply
John
12:03 AM Monday, December 17, 2012
Nice result Emiliya,
I am really glad you like the Snowman Christmas tutorial, thank you! reply

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