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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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Step 1
Create a new document (File -> New), 500X250 pixels. Fill the background with black colour.
Create a new layer, call it ‘gradient’, select your Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a rectangular shape.
Choose the gradient tool and use it to create a Linear Gradient from left to right.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 1
alat rectangular marquee tool gradient

Step 2
Create a new layer, call it ‘oval’, using the Elliptical Marquee Tool create an oval shape.
Fill it with red colour #FB0712.
alat elliptical marquee tool CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 2

Step 3
Load selection from ‘gradient’ layer (Ctrl+click on the layer icon), select inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I), go to ‘oval’ layer, delete.
Create a new layer, call it ‘highlight’. Take your white brush and make a little line for highlight.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 3

Step 4
Choose ‘oval’ layer and add a layer style:
Outer Glowouter glow
Inner Glow
inner glow
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 4

Step 5
Go to Layer -> New -> Group; call it ‘red’.
Move ‘gradient’, ‘oval’ and ‘highlight’ layers into group ‘red’.
Select group ‘red’ in layers palette, go to Layer -> Duplicate Group; name it ‘yellow’.
While ‘yellow’ group is still selected, use Move Tool to move the content of the ‘yellow’ group to the left.
Fill ‘oval’ layer in ‘yellow’ group with #FDE51E colour.
Change Outer Glow colour to #FDE51E, and Inner Glow colour to #FDEF7A.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 5 alat moove tool


Step 6
Select goroup ‘red’ in layers palette, go to Layer -> Duplicate Group; name it ‘blue’.
Move ‘blue’ group to the right.
Fill ‘oval’ layer in ‘blue’ group with #05109F
Change Outer Glow colour to #3644FA, and Inner Glow colour to #1A2AFC.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 6

Step 7
Select goroup ‘blue’ in layers palette, go to Layer -> Duplicate Group; name it ‘green’.
Move ‘green’ group further to the right.
Fill ‘oval’ layer in ‘green’ group with #23A805
Change Outer Glow colour to #23A805, and Inner Glow colour to #23A805.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 7


Step 8
Create a new layer, call it ‘wire’.
Choose a hard brush, size 10 px, foreground colour #024E12 and paint the wire.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 8

Load selection from ‘wire’ layer, go to Select -> Modify -> Contract 2 px; then Select -> Feather 2 px.
Fill with #059E24.
A add a layer style: Pattern Overlay; select the Herringbone pattern.

pattern overlay CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - Step 9


Step 9
Move and rotate lights against the wire.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop

ANIMATION:
Step 1
Open the file in Image Ready. Selected the layer with the yellow light.
Open your animation panel (Window -> Animation).
Set the Delay od the first frame to 0.5 sec.
Go to the other layers and disable the layer effects (by clicking on the eye).
animation frames layers

Step 2
Make a new frame.
Select the layer with the red light. Enable the layer effects of this one and disable the layer effects of the other layers.

Step 3
Do the same thing with the blue and the green light.
Go to File > Save Optimized As… and save the file as a gif. You have your animated christmas lights!
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS In Photoshop - animated

6 Responses to “CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”

  1. kris says:

    hi, i was trying this out but when i copied the red layer into a yellow layer and tried filling the shape layer with yellow, it didn’t come out as smooth as yours. what should i do? thanks!

  2. admin says:

    @kris
    In the ‘yellow’ group of layers, click on the ‘oval’ layer in the Layers Palette while holding Ctrl key in order to make a selection. Fill the selected area with yellow colour.

  3. Thank you. You make this look so easy. I like the effect of the lights going on and off.

  4. Simon says:

    Fantasic.

    I changed the shape of the bulb, lost the black background and the blinking effect, and added some lens flares. I also blurred the highlight slightly. Works a treat for what I needed.

    Thanks

  5. Anonymous says:

    this is really fun

  6. You’ve done really awesome job! Super tutorial it is, thanks a lot for sharing this nice post:)

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