December 12, 2009


Christmas Tree – Merry Christmas

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a very simple Christmas Tree wallpaper!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

1. Start by opening GIMP with these settings:

  • 1200 x 1600
  • 300 dpi
  • Transparency
Create a New Document

Create a New Document

2. Making the background

  • Using the Gradient Tool: FG: Red BG: Black, Radial make a stroke across the screen.
  • Download this Pattern: Pattern Download(200kb)
  • Put it in C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns (May be different, as long as it’s in Patterns (Refresh if you can’t see it in GIMP Patterns Box))
  • Now to apply the Pattern, go Edit –> Fill with Pattern:
Making a background

Making a background

3. Pen Tool

  • Create a new layer ‘Tree
  • Now, grab the Pen Tool, and draw something similar to below:
  • Then click –> Selection from Path (on the Pen Tool side bar):
Pen Tool

Pen Tool


  • With that selection, use the Gradient Tool: FG: Green BG: Black, Linear:
  • Stroke from centre to bottom, as shown:
  • Repeat that process for the other segments of the tree just up the scale:


5. Making the Trunk

  • Create a new layer ‘Stump or Trunk
  • Now use the Lasso Tool to make a ‘Stump‘, draw square-like box (angled sides), use shift to get straight sides!
  • Then use the Gradient Tool with the settings as shown: FG: Brown BG: Black, Linear – Stroke middle to bottom:
Making a Trunk

Making a Trunk

6. Adding a Star

  • Download this great
  • Put brush in your brushes folder (C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\brushes)
  • Then duplicate the ‘Star‘ layer and apply some Gaussian Blur, go Filters –> Blur –> Gaussian blur (around 20-30):
Adding a Star

Adding a Star

7. Adding Text

  • Use the Text Tool: Font: Brush Script Mt Italic Colour: Black Size: 187px
Adding Text

Adding Text

That’s It!

More Christmas Tutorials

Swirly Christmas Tree

Christmas Bauble

Christmas Wallpaper

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!

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Written by Mike

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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