December 14, 2009


Christmas Wallpaper

Making a Christmas Wallpaper in GIMP! This is perfect for Christmas Cards, Letters, Emails, or just a Wallpaper for your computer!

Christmas Wallpaper

Christmas Wallpaper

1. Starting + Download

  • Open GIMP with settings: 1600 x 1200 , 300 dpi , Transparent background.
  • Then, grab your Gradient Tool and use FG:pale blue and BG: white, make the background:
  • Now use the Brush Tool with this Snow Flake Brush set:
  • Use the settings as shown: Opacity, Hardness, Size: Random, Scale: 0.30:
  • Stroke from side to side until you find an even spread:
Starting + Download

Starting + Download

2. Pen Tool

  • Create a new layer ‘Tree‘:
  • Now, use the Pen Tool to draw something similar to what’s below, and then click Selection from Path:
Pen Tool

Pen Tool

3. Colouring

  • And colour in that selection with the Gradient Tool – FG: Dark Green, BG: Black, Linear:
  • Stroke as shown:


4. Stump

  • Create a new layer ‘Stump‘:
  • Use the Lasso Tool and draw a box like ‘Stump‘:
  • Colour in the Stump with the Gradient Tool, settings: FG: Brown BG: Black, Linear:


5. Gaussian Blur Shadow

  • Create a new layer ‘Shadow
  • Draw a small ‘Oval’ with the Eclipse Tool, and fill it with 30% Black.
  • Now, apply Gaussian Blur to the Layer, around 24 will do:
Gaussian Blur Shadow

Gaussian Blur Shadow

6. Duplicate Layer ‘Tree’

Duplicate that Layer a few times and place them around (May adjust size and apply Gaussian Blur – to great depth in the image).

You could also repeat the steps again to make different looking Trees (use the Flip Tool to change the look as well!)

Duplicate Layer 'Tree'

Duplicate Layer 'Tree'

7. Path

  • Create a new layer ‘Path‘:
  • Draw a ‘Path’ using the Path Tool like shown:
  • Use the square ends to stretch and compress:


8. Colouring

Fill with a pale blue at 30%, similar to the sky as it will blend in more.

Another way to fade the ‘Path’, is to apply a Layer Mask (White), and blend the path in!



9. That’s It!

To make the centre Christmas Tree please follow this tutorial I made previously (just the Tree section), and then come back:

If you’d like the Snow Man, everything is in the .XCF file :) (Below)

Now, simply add some dark blue text to the top, settings as shown:

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

The Christmas-Wallpaper .XCF file: DOWNLOAD (1.80mb)

The Christmas-Wallpaper .JPG file: DOWNLOAD (460kb)

More Christmas Tutorials

Christmas Tree

Swirly Christmas Tree

Christmas Bauble

Christmas Brushes – Freebies

Christmas & New Year Wallpaper

Christmas Card and Wallpaper

Christmas Photography

Please comment below if you have any questions and I’ll answer them ASAP!

All images on this site are copyrighted – All Rights Reserved.

Written by Mike

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Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!
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4 Comments Post a comment

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  1. Bojan
    Dec 5 2012

    Fala ti Mike brate moj, puno si mi pomoga! Fala ti!

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