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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Create a sketchy wallpaper for Christmas. Learn watercoloring, pencil sketching and some simple lighting effects in Photoshop.
Design a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand. A technical challenge to learn the powerful possibilities of Photoshop.
How to use various techniques to create a winter-themed holiday wallpaper in Photoshop. Utilize Photoshop filters and transformations to create a fantastic winter illustration.
Celebrate your favorite holiday with this Christmas landscape. Learn how to turn a summer photo into a night time winter scene.
Create a 3D text in Cinema 4D and then play with it using the Photoshop 3D capabilities. Use basic filters and the brush tool, to design a beautiful Christmas Wallpaper.
Learn how to design a fairy winter photo manipulation with the crescent above the clouds, shiny icicles and a glow effect.
A Christmas night landscape photo manipulation. Use different manipulating techniques, create light and work with groups.
Seven different images were used to create a christmas night with Santa. Take a look at the funny and fairy twisted trees.
Christmas Balls with Photoshop
Create an elegant Christmas background with ornamented ball using simple tools like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool and also Layer Styles.
Use the Gradient Tool, Pen Tool and layer Styles to design a background. Paint some snowflakes and a Christmas glass ball.
In this tutorial you will create a Christmas ornament ball using some brushes, a texture and standard Photoshop filters.
How to Create Christmas and New Year Greeting Card with Shiny Red Balls. Use simple techniques like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool and Layer Styles.
How to create a Greeting Card with a glowing Christmas ball and a Green Ribbon. Use Brush Tool and Layer Styles to get the effect.
This tutorial will show you a easy way to create a glossy candy cane text effect using many Layer Styles.
Create this text effect using a Christmas tree branch brush and lots of decorations like glitter stars and a cute silver bow.
Use Filter Forge to help create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop that you can use in your holiday illustrations.
How to create a 3D ice text effect using Modo to sculpt the 3D models and Photoshop for texturing and post-production.
Design a image using basic filters and effects to create a nice vinage effect. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the 80s.
A Photoshop Tutorial with some Adobe Illustrator help. How to use vector-drawing tools and how to refine your vector work by finishing it off in Photoshop.
Learn how to create an icy snowflake text effect in Photoshop using some simple Photoshop techniques.
Design a Christmas tree using the word XMAS. Add some light effects, red christmas balls, text and a logo.
A winter season inspired text effect. Really a amazing snow globe style.
Create a beautiful winter landscape for Christmas holiday and for the New Year. Adding a bunch of winter festive elements and symbols.
How to make a delicious gingerbread cookies inspired text effect, using layer styles, some filters, and a couple of other simple elements.
Create an interesting Santa hat knitted text effect In Photoshop using some basic knowledge about brushes and work path.
Design a sweet candy cane text. Create a pattern and use it with the text and a Clipping Mask.
Create a candy glass text effect perfect for creative Christmas typography. Fill the glass letters with sweets.
How to create a Christmas card using digital illustration and digital painting techniques and how to draw the card’s main character and typography.
How to produce a memorable holiday card. Step-by-step through the entire process of transforming your concept to a functional piece of cardboard.
Design a cool Christmas wallpaper from scratch. Use Gradients, Layer Styles and the Ellipse Tool.
Create unique looking Christmas cards, backgrounds, header images, wallpapers in just a few simple steps.
A special Christmas tree. All family members were decorated and photographed. The combination is done in Adobe Photoshop.
How to create amazing Christmas card with shining decorative star, using simple shapes and gradients in Photoshop.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create fluffy clouds in Photoshop.
An unusual Christmas Card with a 3D effect. The card is based on a template.
Learn how to create an interesting two seasons photo manipulation in Photoshop using some basic blending and editing techniques.
Make a vintage greeting card and use a knitted fabric combined with some grunge old paper texture.
In this Photoshop tutorial you will transform a girl into a Reindeer Girl Character, add it some light and snow effects to create a vintage Christmas Card.
Learn step by step how this digital painting was created. You will get a good understanding of how to create one page illustration images with beautiful lighting.
How to use a texture on a background to make an eye-catching, typography based Christmas card.
In this tutorial, you will see how to create a cool Christmas party flyer using Adobe Photoshop.
A Christmas Greeting Card with decorative Snowflakes, Snow and a banner.
Learn how to create a nice Christmas card with a great paper snowflake on green background.
Use some Gradients and the Pen tool to create this sweet christmas tree.
Go through easy steps and techniques to design a simple illustration for Christmas. You’ll learn how to use the brush presets and modify its properties.
Learn how to use custom shapes and Pen Tool in Photoshop to create Christmas illustration with stars in a few simple steps.
Some tips on how to create and decorate Christmas tree with balls and stars. You will learn how to add a Layer Style, draw Christmas balls with Ellipse Tool and apply brushes.
Create a blueish picture with Santa Claus and a great Christmas Tree.
A Christmas Background with Christmas Tree and Glossy Balls. Learn how to add a Layer Style, draw Christmas decoration with Ellipse Tool and use Custom Shapes.
Create a magical forest scene with a beautiful lighted Christmas tree as focus point. Also add some reindeer as they are symbols of Christmas.
Learn how to create a fantasy Christmas tree floating island from this easy to follow photo manipulation tutorial.
Let’s get a little festive with your pixel art and make a Christmas tree!
More Christmas Photoshop Stuff
How to create a festive cocktail using Photoshop’s 3D capabilities just in time for your New Year’s celebrations.
How to build a gingerbread cookie using copies of a single Smart Object.
How you make a seamless pattern with Christmas theme from scratch using guides and defining patterns.
Learn how to create this Christmas scene with Photoshop. Use a variety of brushes and images in order to achieve the final result.
Create a customized Christmas rubber stamp or even make a Santa Claus letter.
Design a winter white Christmas image that features a beautiful snowing night sky.
Make Christmas cookies based vectors. Along the way, you will learn to use basic shape tools, pen tool, various layer styling techniques and much more.
Learn to draw and paint using Photoshop without photo resources, look like a photoshop cartoon drawing tutorial in the eve of festive season.
Learn in this tutorial how to design a christmas star. Well… Many stars forming one big star.
Christmas Video Tutorials
Add some flare to your text with a string of Christmas lights!
Create a christmas card with different images and play with the colors blue and orange to create a nice contrast.
How is it possible to create snow from scratch? You only need a custom brush and some blurs to create your winter wonderland.
Simulate rope lights to write your own text, using a blend of layer styles, some hand tracing with the pen tool, and various other techniques.
Learn how to design an ‘ugly sweater’ in Adobe Photoshop using a texture, shapes, and good old non-destructive editing.
Learn how to paint a christmas rendeer. Simulate a watercolor style.
How to create a background for your christmas card.
An eroded Christmas Text tutorial. Grunge style for the grinch.
Learn how to design a creative holiday thank you card in this detailed Photoshop tutorial.
Photoshop tutorial showing how to make snow falling realistically.
This article has been updated on October 24th, 2016. (dm, sl)