The decorations are up in the shops and Christmas adverts are on the TV, and at Envato, we're feeling the first stirrings of festive cheer. To get you in the Christmas spirit, try one (or all) of our three cool Christmas effects for Adobe Photoshop, from Envato Elements.
Create a realistic snow effect in minutes with the Real Snow Photoshop Action. It's really easy to use and there are ten colour options if you feel like mixing it up a bit!
Running the Action
Here's the image I'll be using to demonstrate:
Once you've installed the action, all you need to do is open it up and hit play. You have two options: 'snow'
And: more snow.
There's not much in the way of adjustments with this one, but you do have the option to sharpen up the background. I chose the medium option out of the three.
Create a realistic-looking Christmas jumper effect with the I Love Sweaters Photoshop template. This works with images or text.
Here's the image I'll use to demonstrate.
This isn't an action, so there's nothing to install, hurrah! Open up the PSD file included in the download.
Drag your photograph into the layer called EDIT THIS SMART CONTENT.
This looks fun, but there isn’t much in
the way of adjustment that you can do.
Try using text instead of an image. Create a text layer above the EDIT THIS SMART OBJECT layer and make sure the clipping mask is applied – there should be a downward arrow to the left of the layer picture.
Try Something Different
This time I’m going to add a different image and some text. I’ve picked a nice fat font so you can see the effect properly.
The font is a nice festive red. Try adding a Colour Balance
layer in the Background Tone folder and dragging the colours to get a different
background for the ‘jumper’ effect.
Here's another version, this time a toned-down, classier one that would be great to use as an e-card or social media graphic.
Create a festive and fun sparkler effect on your images. You can use this as a still to brighten up your photographs, or create entertaining GIFs to share online.
Here's the image I'll be using.
Create a new layer called brush, in lower case, and on that layer, use a brush between 2px and 4px at full opacity to draw on what you'd like to sparkle.
I've drawn three hearts that you can just about make out in red. When you're done, run the action; it takes a while!
As you can see, my beautifully drawn hearts (cough, cough)
have been transformed into sparklers – cute! We can make this a little better with
The dark really makes the sparklers pop, but it hides a lot of the original image. You can either lower the opacity of the Background Controllers folder, or make individual adjustments within that folder, on the separate layers and their masks.
Here, I’ve lowered the overall opacity of the folder and hidden the Environment Colour and Reduce Highlights layers.
Create a GIF
You can save your image as a still, like above, or you can go a little further and create a GIF, the layers are already to go!
Just go to File > Export > Save for Web and choose GIF. Be sure to choose the loop forever option.
Another great use for this is to actually write on your image and turn that into sparklers. Choose a font and write your message. You’ll then need to rasterize the font and rename the layer brush – you can do this by right-clicking on the layer.
Once you've adjusted using the steps above and you're happy, you can save as a GIF!
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