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60 Beautiful Christmas Photoshop Tutorials – 2016/2017 Edition

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. [Content Care Dec/19/2016]

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Christmas Wallpapers Link

Make a Sketchy Wallpaper for this Christmas5

Create a sketchy wallpaper for Christmas. Learn watercoloring, pencil sketching and some simple lighting effects in Photoshop.

christmas photoshop tutorials6

Create a Snowy Landscape in Photoshop7

Design a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand. A technical challenge to learn the powerful possibilities of Photoshop.

christmas photoshop8

Create a Winter-Themed Holiday Card in Photoshop9

How to use various techniques to create a winter-themed holiday wallpaper10 in Photoshop. Utilize Photoshop filters and transformations to create a fantastic winter illustration.

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Christmas Photoshop Tutorial12

Celebrate your favorite holiday with this Christmas landscape. Learn how to turn a summer photo into a night time winter scene.


Beautiful Xmas Wallpaper in Cinema 4D and Photoshop14

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.


Magic Christmas and 3D Moon shape16

Learn how to design a fairy winter photo manipulation with the crescent above the clouds, shiny icicles and a glow effect.


Create a Christmas night landscape18

A Christmas night landscape photo manipulation. Use different manipulating techniques, create light and work with groups.


Christmas Night with flying Santa20

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 Link

How to create elegant Christmas postcard with ornamented ball22

Create an elegant Christmas background with ornamented ball using simple tools like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool and also Layer Styles.


Christmas glass balls drawing lesson24

Use the Gradient Tool, Pen Tool and layer Styles to design a background. Paint some snowflakes and a Christmas glass ball.


How to Create Christmas Ornaments in Photoshop26

In this tutorial you will create a Christmas ornament ball using some brushes, a texture and standard Photoshop filters.


Shiny Red Balls28

How to Create Christmas and New Year Greeting Card with Shiny Red Balls. Use simple techniques like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool and Layer Styles.


Christmas ball and Green Ribbon30

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.


Holy Text Link

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect32

This tutorial will show you a easy way to create a glossy candy cane text effect using many Layer Styles.


Create A Christmas Tree Photoshop Text Effect34

Create this text effect using a Christmas tree branch brush and lots of decorations like glitter stars and a cute silver bow.


Create a Knitted Argyle Text Effect36

Use Filter Forge to help create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop that you can use in your holiday illustrations.


Create a 3D Ice Text Effect With Modo and Photoshop38

How to create a 3D ice text effect using Modo to sculpt the 3D models and Photoshop for texturing and post-production.


80s Christmas Artwork in Photoshop40

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.


Candy Cane Text Effect42

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.


Ice Snowflakes Text Effect In Photoshop44

Learn how to create an icy snowflake text effect in Photoshop using some simple Photoshop techniques.


Xmas Tree Typography in Photoshop46

Design a Christmas tree using the word XMAS. Add some light effects, red christmas balls, text and a logo.


Christmas Snow Photoshop Text Effect48

A winter season inspired text effect. Really a amazing snow globe style.


White Christmas Winter Landscape Photoshop Tutorial50

Create a beautiful winter landscape for Christmas holiday and for the New Year. Adding a bunch of winter festive elements and symbols.


Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect52

How to make a delicious gingerbread cookies inspired text effect, using layer styles, some filters, and a couple of other simple elements.


Santa Hat Knitted Christmas Text Effect54

Create an interesting Santa hat knitted text effect In Photoshop using some basic knowledge about brushes and work path.


Photoshop: Candy Cane Text56

Design a sweet candy cane text. Create a pattern and use it with the text and a Clipping Mask.


Candy Christmas Glass Ball Photoshop Text Tutorial58

Create a candy glass text effect perfect for creative Christmas typography. Fill the glass letters with sweets.


Christmas Cards Link

Create an Adorable Christmas Card in Photoshop60

How to create a Christmas card using digital illustration and digital painting techniques and how to draw the card’s main character and typography.


Create a Novel Pop-Up Holiday Card62

How to produce a memorable holiday card. Step-by-step through the entire process of transforming your concept to a functional piece of cardboard.


We wish you a Merry Christmas64

Design a cool Christmas wallpaper from scratch. Use Gradients, Layer Styles and the Ellipse Tool.


Christmas And New Year Greeting Card66

Create unique looking Christmas cards, backgrounds, header images, wallpapers in just a few simple steps.


Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial68

A special Christmas tree. All family members were decorated and photographed. The combination is done in Adobe Photoshop.


How to create Festive Christmas card70

How to create amazing Christmas card with shining decorative star, using simple shapes and gradients in Photoshop.


Beautiful Fluffy Clouds in Photoshop – Christmas Tutorial72

In this tutorial you will learn how to create fluffy clouds in Photoshop.


Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial74

An unusual Christmas Card with a 3D effect. The card is based on a template.


Winter Season Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial76

Learn how to create an interesting two seasons photo manipulation in Photoshop using some basic blending and editing techniques.


Vintage Christmas Greeting Card In Photoshop78

Make a vintage greeting card and use a knitted fabric combined with some grunge old paper texture.


Create A Vintage Christmas Card In Photoshop80

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.


Painting a Santa Christmas Greeting Card with Adobe Photoshop82

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 Make a Typographic Christmas Card84

How to use a texture on a background to make an eye-catching, typography based Christmas card.


Christmas Party Flyer86

In this tutorial, you will see how to create a cool Christmas party flyer using Adobe Photoshop.


How to create Christmas Greeting Card88

A Christmas Greeting Card with decorative Snowflakes, Snow and a banner.


Merry Christmas Card – Paper Snowflakes on Green Background90

Learn how to create a nice Christmas card with a great paper snowflake on green background.


Christmas Tree Link

Drawing Christmas Trees92

Use some Gradients and the Pen tool to create this sweet christmas tree.


Design a simple illustration for Christmas94

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.


Merry Christmas tree design96

Learn how to use custom shapes and Pen Tool in Photoshop to create Christmas illustration with stars in a few simple steps.


How to Create and decorate Christmas tree in Photoshop98

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.


Dancing Santa Claus and Christmas Tree100

Create a blueish picture with Santa Claus and a great Christmas Tree.


How to Create Colorful Christmas Background102

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.


Magic Christmas Tree Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial104

Create a magical forest scene with a beautiful lighted Christmas tree as focus point. Also add some reindeer as they are symbols of Christmas.


Create A Christmas Tree Floating Island In Photoshop106

Learn how to create a fantasy Christmas tree floating island from this easy to follow photo manipulation tutorial.


How to Create an Isometric Pixel Art Christmas Tree in Adobe Photoshop108

Let’s get a little festive with your pixel art and make a Christmas tree!


More Christmas Photoshop Stuff Link

Create a Festive Cocktail Using Photoshop’s 3D Capabilities110

How to create a festive cocktail using Photoshop’s 3D capabilities just in time for your New Year’s celebrations.


Create a Gingerbread Cookie Scene Using Smart Objects112

How to build a gingerbread cookie using copies of a single Smart Object.


Create a Seamless Pattern Tile for Christmas114

How you make a seamless pattern with Christmas theme from scratch using guides and defining patterns.


How to Create a Magical Christmas Snow Globe in Photoshop116

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 Christmas Rubber Stamp In Photoshop118

Create a customized Christmas rubber stamp or even make a Santa Claus letter.


Christmas Snowy Night Sky120

Design a winter white Christmas image that features a beautiful snowing night sky.


Make Gorgeous and Yummy Christmas Cookies in Photoshop122

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 Walking Santa Using Photoshop124

Learn to draw and paint using Photoshop without photo resources, look like a photoshop cartoon drawing tutorial in the eve of festive season.


Christmas Star126

Learn in this tutorial how to design a christmas star. Well… Many stars forming one big star.


Christmas Video Tutorials Link

Photoshop Tutorial: Christmas Lights128

Add some flare to your text with a string of Christmas lights!


Christmas Card – Photoshop Design130

Create a christmas card with different images and play with the colors blue and orange to create a nice contrast.


How to Create Snow in Photoshop132

How is it possible to create snow from scratch? You only need a custom brush and some blurs to create your winter wonderland.


Photoshop Tutorial: Christmas Rope Lights134

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.


How to Create an Ugly Sweater in Photoshop136

Learn how to design an ‘ugly sweater’ in Adobe Photoshop using a texture, shapes, and good old non-destructive editing.


Photoshop Christmas Card138

Learn how to paint a christmas rendeer. Simulate a watercolor style.


How to create a Christmas Background140

How to create a background for your christmas card.


Eroded Christmas Graphic142

An eroded Christmas Text tutorial. Grunge style for the grinch.


How to Design a Holiday Thank You Card144

Learn how to design a creative holiday thank you card in this detailed Photoshop tutorial.


How to Make Great Falling Snow146

Photoshop tutorial showing how to make snow falling realistically.


This article has been updated on October 24th, 2016. (dm, sl)

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


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

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    very nice

    merry xmas to all ya

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    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!

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    Overuse of ‘Beautiful’ Fail.

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    SM Rocks !!!! Thank you !!!

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    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…

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

  9. 9

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

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    just another awesome post

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    Thanks again for your nice tutorials. Merry Xmas.

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    sorry.. posts … not only tuts :)

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

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    “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?

  16. 17

    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

  17. 18

    All nice tutorials, Good job rounding them up.

  18. 19

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

  19. 20

    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!

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    wow, very beautiful

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    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!

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    great,cool **

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

  25. 26

    wow, very 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 ( Maybe I’ll take one of my photos from the UK and create a “Christmas” design using a picture of Edinburgh Castle.

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    most of them are not *smashing*

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

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    Thanks a lot!

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    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.

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    Nice & useful tools, thanks.

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    Nice ones!

    Needed the hat graphic.. :D

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    Ebenezer Scrooge

    December 16, 2009 7:28 am

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

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    This is very nice. Thanks for sharing

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    November 16, 2010 8:12 am

    mannnnn this is sweeet

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    call me boyzzzz <3i love this

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

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    Everybody loves Raymond

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    i love chris
    christian and
    oh and i love jesse

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    very nice pictures i like it very much

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    Anand Chowdhary

    July 6, 2011 7:18 am

    Smashing !!!! :D

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    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

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    very cool tutorial help me a lot in my photoshop class

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    great job

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    very nice tutorials …..

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    Fantastic list of Christmasy tutorials, thanks for sharing!

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

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