60 Beautiful Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

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Christmas is a holiday of love and family. It is the time of year when people come together to celebrate, when they realize that some things are more important than others. So why don’t you impress the people who are important to you with some unique Christmas cards or beautiful personal desktop wallpaper?

In this post, we present 60 beautiful Christmas Photoshop tutorials. You’ll learn how to design Christmas trees, snow globes, snowflakes, Christmas candles, Christmas balls and much more. Some designers go even further, taking the time to draw Christmas illustrations or replace old icons with festive ones. Often, designers will draw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends or create a Christmas theme for their website layout.

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  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/09/christmas-wallpapers/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/19/christmas-icons-and-christmas-wordpress-themes/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/23/45-winter-wonderland-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2910/1/The-Santa-Claus-Wallpaper
  5. 5 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2910/1/The-Santa-Claus-Wallpaper
  6. 6 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/night-before-christmas-photoshop-tutorial-and-wallpaper/
  7. 7 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/night-before-christmas-photoshop-tutorial-and-wallpaper/
  8. 8 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/beautiful-christmas-vision-tutorial-and-wallpaper/
  9. 9 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/night-before-christmas-photoshop-tutorial-and-wallpaper/
  10. 10 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2537/1/Abstract-Christmas-Wallpaper
  11. 11 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2537/1/Abstract-Christmas-Wallpaper
  12. 12 http://www.vladstudio.com/photoshoptutorials/tutorial.php?christmas_night_making_of
  13. 13 http://www.vladstudio.com/photoshoptutorials/tutorial.php?christmas_night_making_of
  14. 14 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3024/1/Creative-christmas-cards
  15. 15 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3024/1/Creative-christmas-cards
  16. 16 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2914/1/Christmas-ornaments-wallpaper
  17. 17 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2914/1/Christmas-ornaments-wallpaper
  18. 18 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/312/1/How-to-create-Christmas-Wallpapers-or-Backgrounds/Page1.html
  19. 19 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/312/1/How-to-create-Christmas-Wallpapers-or-Backgrounds/Page1.html
  20. 20 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2912/1/Christmas-Balls-Wallpaper
  21. 21 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2912/1/Christmas-Balls-Wallpaper
  22. 22 http://qvectors.com/vector-illustration/vector-snow-landscape/
  23. 23 http://qvectors.com/vector-illustration/vector-snow-landscape/
  24. 24 http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/11/05/a-very-snowy-tutorial/
  25. 25 http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/11/05/a-very-snowy-tutorial/
  26. 26 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2906/8/Merry-Christmas-Greeting
  27. 27 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2533/1/Christmas-Tree
  28. 28 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2533/1/Christmas-Tree
  29. 29 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2533/1/Christmas-Tree
  30. 30 http://www.teamphotoshop.com/articles-The-Techniques-Photoshop-Christmas-Tree-5,8,79a.html
  31. 31 http://www.teamphotoshop.com/articles-The-Techniques-Photoshop-Christmas-Tree-5,8,79a.html
  32. 32 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2525/1/Drawing-Christmas-Trees
  33. 33 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2525/1/Drawing-Christmas-Trees
  34. 34 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2909/1/We-wish-you-a-Merry-Christmas-illustration
  35. 35 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2909/1/We-wish-you-a-Merry-Christmas-illustration
  36. 36 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3020/1/Christmas-tree
  37. 37 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3020/1/Christmas-tree
  38. 38 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3021/1/Merry-Christmas-tree-design
  39. 39 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3021/1/Merry-Christmas-tree-design
  40. 40 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2918/1/Fresh-Christmas-Tree
  41. 41 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2918/1/Fresh-Christmas-Tree
  42. 42 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/309/1/Christmas-Wallpaper/Page1.html
  43. 43 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/309/1/Christmas-Wallpaper/Page1.html
  44. 44 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2542/1/Christmas-tree-design
  45. 45 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2542/1/Christmas-tree-design
  46. 46 http://freephotoshopguides.com/drawing-painting/christmas-ornament/
  47. 47 http://www.heathrowe.com/ornament.aspx
  48. 48 http://www.heathrowe.com/ornament.aspx
  49. 49 http://www.heathrowe.com/ornament.aspx
  50. 50 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2524/1/Christmas-Balls-Design
  51. 51 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2524/1/Christmas-Balls-Design
  52. 52 http://www.dwphotoshop.com/photoshop/glassornaments.php
  53. 53 http://www.dwphotoshop.com/photoshop/glassornaments.php
  54. 54 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3028/1/Christmas-ornaments-lights-balls
  55. 55 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3028/1/Christmas-ornaments-lights-balls
  56. 56 http://www.blog.0tutor.com/post.aspx?id=59&titel=Glowing-christmas-ball-tutorial
  57. 57 http://www.blog.0tutor.com/post.aspx?id=59&titel=Glowing-christmas-ball-tutorial
  58. 58 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2916/1/Christmas-ornament-balls
  59. 59 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2916/1/Christmas-ornament-balls
  60. 60 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3019/1/Christmas-Balls
  61. 61 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3019/1/Christmas-Balls
  62. 62 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3025/1/Christmas-ornament-balls
  63. 63 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3025/1/Christmas-ornament-balls
  64. 64 http://www.tutorial2life.com/tutorial/12
  65. 65 http://www.tutorial2life.com/tutorial/12
  66. 66 http://www.dwphotoshop.com/photoshop/CandlebridgeTut1.php
  67. 67 http://www.dwphotoshop.com/photoshop/CandlebridgeTut1.php
  68. 68 http://www.slicktutorials.com/3d-snow-globe
  69. 69 http://www.slicktutorials.com/3d-snow-globe
  70. 70 http://psdguide.blogspot.com/2008/11/create-cute-xmas-candle-in-photoshop.html
  71. 71 http://psdguide.blogspot.com/2008/11/create-cute-xmas-candle-in-photoshop.html
  72. 72 http://pstutorialsblog.com/33/christmas-holly-tutorial/
  73. 73 http://pstutorialsblog.com/33/christmas-holly-tutorial/
  74. 74 http://psdfan.com/designing/christmas-wrapped-text-effect/
  75. 75 http://psdfan.com/designing/christmas-wrapped-text-effect/
  76. 76 http://www.quantumpetshop.com/tutorials/text/frost1.asp
  77. 77 http://www.quantumpetshop.com/tutorials/text/frost1.asp
  78. 78 http://www.tutorialwiz.com/snow_on_text/
  79. 79 http://www.tutorialwiz.com/snow_on_text/
  80. 80 http://newtutorials.com/christmas-text-tutorial.htm
  81. 81 http://newtutorials.com/christmas-text-tutorial.htm
  82. 82 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2905/1/Merry-Christmas-Card
  83. 83 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2905/1/Merry-Christmas-Card
  84. 84 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2907/8/Dancing-Santa-Claus-and-Christmas-Tree
  85. 85 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2907/8/Dancing-Santa-Claus-and-Christmas-Tree
  86. 86 http://www.pstut.com/tutorial-christmas-card.html
  87. 87 http://www.pstut.com/tutorial-christmas-card.html
  88. 88 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2531/1/Christmas-color-conceptual-graphic
  89. 89 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2531/1/Christmas-color-conceptual-graphic
  90. 90 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2538/1/Gifts-snowing-on-Christmas
  91. 91 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2538/1/Gifts-snowing-on-Christmas
  92. 92 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/5142/1/Christmas-Greetings-Postcard/Page1.html
  93. 93 http://www.eyesontutorials.com/articles/5142/1/Christmas-Greetings-Postcard/Page1.html
  94. 94 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2919/1/We-wish-you-a-Merry-Christmas
  95. 95 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2919/1/We-wish-you-a-Merry-Christmas
  96. 96 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2913/1/Merry-Christmas-Greeting-Card
  97. 97 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2913/1/Merry-Christmas-Greeting-Card
  98. 98 http://phonuts.org/?p=570
  99. 99 http://phonuts.org/?p=570
  100. 100 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/how-to-create-a-glittery-christmas-card/
  101. 101 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/how-to-create-a-glittery-christmas-card/
  102. 102 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2911/1/Draw-Merry-Christmas-Illustration
  103. 103 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2911/1/Draw-Merry-Christmas-Illustration
  104. 104 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2536/1/Christmas-Shiny-Background
  105. 105 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2536/1/Christmas-Shiny-Background
  106. 106 http://pinklilies.deviantart.com/art/Xmas-Brush-Set-25512748
  107. 107 http://pinklilies.deviantart.com/art/Xmas-Brush-Set-25512748
  108. 108 http://www.photoshopstar.com/graphics/create-your-own-snowflakes/
  109. 109 http://www.photoshopstar.com/graphics/create-your-own-snowflakes/
  110. 110 http://www.webdesign.org/web/photoshop/drawing-techniques/christmas-rss-icon-exclusive-tutorial.13830.html
  111. 111 http://www.webdesign.org/web/photoshop/drawing-techniques/christmas-rss-icon-exclusive-tutorial.13830.html
  112. 112 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2527/1/Santa%26%2339%3Bs-Sleigh-Drawing
  113. 113 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2527/1/Santa%26%2339%3Bs-Sleigh-Drawing
  114. 114 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2530/1/Pretty-Girl-in-Christmas-Suit
  115. 115 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2530/1/Pretty-Girl-in-Christmas-Suit
  116. 116 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2532/1/Christmas-Blue-Candle
  117. 117 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2532/1/Christmas-Blue-Candle
  118. 118 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/rudolph-red-nose-reindeer/
  119. 119 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/rudolph-red-nose-reindeer/
  120. 120 http://adobeperson.com/photoshop-basic-drawings/design-a-bronze-christmas-bell-with-handle
  121. 121 http://adobeperson.com/photoshop-basic-drawings/design-a-bronze-christmas-bell-with-handle
  122. 122 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/tutorials/christmas-hat/
  123. 123 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/tutorials/christmas-hat/
  124. 124 http://www.photoshopstar.com/web-design/christmas-themed-web-layout/
  125. 125 http://www.photoshopstar.com/web-design/christmas-themed-web-layout/
  126. 126 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2907/1/Dancing-Santa-Claus-and-Christmas-Tree
  127. 127 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2907/1/Dancing-Santa-Claus-and-Christmas-Tree
  128. 128 http://yoonie-at-home.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-ornament-tutorial.html
  129. 129 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2536/1/Christmas-Shiny-Background
  130. 130 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/09/christmas-wallpapers/
  131. 131 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/19/christmas-icons-and-christmas-wordpress-themes/
  132. 132 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/23/45-winter-wonderland-photos/

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Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer and book author with over 10 years of experience. He is also the creative mind behind (Photoshop-Weblog), a blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.

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  1. 1

    VERY COOL POST!!!

    Happy xmas for everyone! SM stills the #1!!

    ;)

  2. 2

    cool .. but not what I’m looking for…

  3. 3

    very nice

    merry xmas to all ya

  4. 4

    Nice images, but how incredibly hollow and superficial. All sanitized and secular, not one recognizes that the holiday is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

  5. 5

    Overuse of ‘Beautiful’ Fail.

  6. 6

    SM Rocks !!!! Thank you !!!

  7. 7

    Guillaume Pelletier

    December 16, 2008 5:06 pm

    Some of these are really nice or quite novel. There are some, however, that don’t live up to the standards I would be expecting from Smashing Magazine. Perhaps a shorter list would have been better in this case.

    You guys are my first source of inspiration, keep up the good work!

    Edit: Oh and by the way, link on last image seems like it points to the wrong place…

  8. 8

    Cool list. Thanks so much for including a MyInkBlog tutorial :)

  9. 9

    just another awesome post
    thx

  10. 10

    Thanks again for your nice tutorials. Merry Xmas.

  11. 11

    sorry.. posts … not only tuts :)

  12. 12

    Cool!
    Thanks

  13. 13

    half cool, half low quality…
    ok, half +1 cool :D

  14. 14

    This is going to be VERY handy. Thanks a lot for providing this. I was a complete noob at photoshop but there are so many online tutorials that anyone can learn. Thanks again

  15. 15

    I hate xmas and this “beautiful”(???!!!) post.
    It’s very better usually.
    Thanks for your work

  16. 17

    All nice tutorials, Good job rounding them up.

  17. 18

    I think this Christmas is a bit depressing. You can tell by looking through this post…

  18. 19

    “Some ornaments and stars give a Christmas tree.
    The hat of Santa Claus. Just as we know it. ”

    it sounds like this was written by someone who doesn’t speak english.
    Doesn’t anyone edit these posts?

  19. 20

    wow, very beautiful

  20. 21

    What a wonderful collection of inspiring works with tutorials to boot! Seeing images like these make me think quite differently than Chocho above — Christmas is the celebration of Light coming to a dark world. Thanks for keeping the spirit of joy alive through your fine work and then being a poor magician to tell us how you did it! Kudos!

  21. 22

    C’mon guys, don’t mind about the overused “beautiful” or “me doesn’t speak english”.. It’s Christmas! Well 60 is way A LOT! But it’s ok!

    Thanks for this post!

  22. 23

    great,cool **

  23. 24

    SM Rocks !!!! Thank you !!!!!

  24. 25

    wow, very beautiful,,

  25. 26

    beautiful,,

  26. 27

    Wow! I wish I would have discovered this before I sent out my Christmas cards! These tutorials can help me with travel photos as well (Travel-Writers-Exchange.com). Maybe I’ll take one of my photos from the UK and create a “Christmas” design using a picture of Edinburgh Castle.

  27. 28

    most of them are not *smashing*

  28. 29

    ok nice man :D me not have :( XD me copy :D

  29. 30

    Thanks a lot!

  30. 31

    Full with great ideas, nice work end helpful information and free of course.
    I just need this tutorials. Thanks for sharing with others.
    I always wont to know how somebody creates a wallpaper. Now I get a picture.

  31. 32
  32. 33

    Nice & useful tools, thanks.

  33. 34

    Nice ones!

    Needed the hat graphic.. :D

  34. 35

    I HATE X-MAS !!!!!!!!!!!

  35. 38

    This is very nice. Thanks for sharing

  36. 39

    mannnnn this is sweeet

  37. 40

    call me boyzzzz <3i love this

  38. 41

    Thanks for the tutorial. Made me fall back in love with Photoshop!!

  39. 42

    Everybody loves Raymond

  40. 43

    i love chris
    christian and
    dan
    oh and i love jesse

  41. 44

    Done my own video on how to do this too inspired by these excellent tutorials

    http://www.crashtutorials.com/?p=4

  42. 45

    I hope these articles will be helpful for Christmas ideas searchers : alfoart.com/christmas_fairy_wallpaper_1.html

  43. 46

    very nice pictures i like it very much

  44. 47

    Anand Chowdhary

    July 6, 2011 7:18 am

    Smashing !!!! :D

  45. 48

    Amazing work Dirk! You’ve shown me the reason why I should give it a try in Web design :) Thanks for sharing!

    Black @ Polar Express Train Set of Lionel

  46. 49

    very cool tutorial help me a lot in my photoshop class

  47. 50
  48. 51

    great job

  49. 52

    very nice tutorials …..

  50. 53

    Fantastic list of Christmasy tutorials, thanks for sharing!

  51. 54

    this is just to much work right here !!!!

  52. 55

    I LOVE SANTA

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