November 26, 2010


How to make a simple Christmas Card and Wallpaper in Photoshop

In time for the Festive Season this tutorial will help you make your own Christmas Card, and you’ll have no trouble producing good results! You can download the PSDs a the bottom!

A simple Christmas Card and Wallpaper

A simple Christmas Card and Wallpaper


Holiday (Christmas & Hannukah)

Holiday (Christmas & Hannukah) by Obsidian Dawn

christmas brushes

Christmas brushes by ~coolwing

2. Making the Front Page or Wallpaper

  • Using Susan’s Bokeh Texture open it in Photoshop, name the layer ‘Background’
  • Using the Text Tool, write Merry Christmas or Seasons Greetings:
  • I used: Font: Gill Sans Ultra Bold Size: 54 pt, Sharp Colour: 075b8c:
Making the Front Page

Making the Front Page

3. Brushes

  • Create a New Layer: ‘Brushes’
  • Using the brushes you downloaded, place them around your text: If the Brushes haven’t shown up, then load the Brushes or restart Photoshop, save first!
  • The sizes vary from around 100px to 150px, experiment around:
  • The colour should be the same: 075b8c:


4. Layer Blending

  • To give it a smoother finish we’ll use a Soft Light blending mode:
  • Duplicate the Background layer, and drag it to the top of the layers:
  • Set the blending mode to Soft Light, and set the Opacity to around 30%:
  • Your Wallpaper/Front Page is finished!
Layer Blending

Layer Blending

5. Making the Christmas Card

  • Open a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl/Cmd + N):
  • With Settings: International Paper, A4, 300 pi
Making the Christmas Card

Making the Christmas Card

6. Christmas Card Layout

  • To make a card out of an A4 sheet of paper we need certain fold lines:
  • Make 50% Guides Vertical and Horizontal, go View –> New Guide:
Christmas Card Layout

Christmas Card Layout

7. Import Images

  • Import your front page from it’s document, on the layer *Right Click*>Duplicate Layer (firstly Flatten your Image, Layer –> Flatten Image), send to your Christmas Card.psd:
  • Scale the images using, Edit –> Transform –> Scale, and  Edit –> Transform –> Rotate 90° CW:
  • Import any other accompanying images of Family or festive photos to fill in the two blank pages!
Import your images

Import your images

8. Text

  • Use the Text Tool to write your greetings:
  • I used: Font: BlairMdITC TT Size: 24 pt, Sharp Colour: 075b8c:
Text - Greetings

Text - Greetings

That’s It!

Download the PSD for Wallpaper (4.3mb)!

Download Card Layout PSD (12.3mb)!

More Christmas Tutorials

Christmas Tree

Swirly Christmas Tree

Christmas Bauble

Christmas Wallpaper

Christmas Brushes – Freebies

Christmas & New Year Wallpaper

Christmas Photography

If you get stuck anywhere just comment below!

If you’d like to use these photographs please Contact Me!

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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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