Ready for 2016? Celebrate the New Year by creating a beautiful winter graphic in Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to use Blending Options for interesting effects and how to create your own custom snowflakes with the Pen Tool. Let’s Begin!
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC Difficulty: Beginner Completion Time: 2 hours
Step 1 Create a New Document in Photoshop that is 700×700 pixels in dimension. Fill the background layer with white using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and right-click the layer to go to Blending Options. Place a check mark next to the Gradient Overlay options and adjust the settings to create a beautiful blue two-toned linear gradient.
Step 5 Time to create the snowflakes! Select the Pen Tool (P) and use it to create two vertical lines, making one longer than the other. Control-T to Free Transform the smaller line and rotate it at an angle to fit the larger one. Duplicate this small line three more times by selecting the layer and hitting Control-J. Flip two of those layers for the opposite side of the snowflake branch by going to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Blend Mode: Multiply
Angle: 90 degrees