Christmas always comes around quickly, so why not get ahead this year? To create the best Photoshop Christmas cards for friends and family, you need the best resources at hand.
Are you a full-time designer? Having an unlimited source of Christmas filters for pictures, actions, and effects like Envato Elements might be the best Christmas gift you can give yourself.
To help you make up your mind, we selected our ten favourite effects available in Envato Elements for use in Adobe Photoshop.
Top Photoshop Actions, Effects, and Filters for Christmas From Envato Elements
'Tis (almost) the season, and there’s snow place like Envato Elements to give your photographs a special holiday magic this Christmas.
Looking for a Christmas card filter? Start with playing with some Christmas filters, actions, and effects to get the look you want.
Here are some of our favourite Photoshop actions and presets for your next Christmas project:
1. I ♥ Sweaters: Smart Knitted Effect (PSD)
If you don’t have a deep joy for a good old Christmas jumper, then look away now. I ♥ Sweaters is an awesome graphic created to look like a traditional Nordic Christmas sweater. All of the premade patterns and graphics are included, and it’s super easy to use.
2. Real Snow Photoshop Action (ATN)
Create atmospheric snowfall on your images in seconds with beautiful Christmas filters for pictures. This Photoshop action comes with ten colour options to choose from, and you can reduce or increase the effect as needed.
3. Celebratum: Christmas Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)
Create something fun and festive with Celebratum, which includes watercolour effects, vintage details, and light effects. The result is easy to customise, and there are 20 options to choose from. This could work as a beautiful Christmas card filter or even for a funny Christmas in Photoshop.
4. Christmas Text Effects (PSD)
Give your Photoshop Christmas cards a bit of holiday cheer with Christmas Text Effects. There are five fully layered PSD files to choose from, and the effect works with text, shapes, or other layers. You don't need Christmas background images for Photoshop to create a holiday postcard.
5. Snow Effect Photoshop Action (PSD)
Looking for a Christmas filter for photos? This one's for you. The Snow Effect Photoshop Action is non-destructive, so it won’t touch your original photograph. The effect can take a little while to run on higher-resolution images, but your patience will be worth it for the great result!
6. Sparklers Animation Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Sparklers are fun at any time of year, but there’s something particularly magical about waving around your own little handful of stars at Christmas. You can replicate that, without the need for gloves, by trying the Sparklers Animation for Photoshop.
7. Christmas Facebook Covers (PSD)
Create some festive social media covers in Photoshop with the Christmas Facebook Covers set. There are 11 PSD files, all well organised so you can customise them to suit. Create a Christmas background in Photoshop with this amazing resource. There are only free fonts used, and the links are included in the download.
8. 50 Christmas Photoshop Actions (ATN)
Create your own Christmas background images for Photoshop. Find beautiful and festive images and give them a touch of Christmas using this set of Photoshop actions. This is a great resource if you're creating a bunch of Photoshop Christmas cards.
9. Christmas Badges (AI, EPS, PSD, PNG)
Add some festive spice to your Christmas projects with these high-quality Christmas Badges for Photoshop. Adorned with angels, leaves, candy canes, snowflakes, and more, these are an adorable way to sprinkle the Christmas spirit over your Christmas cards, social media headers, and photographs.
10. Christmas 2 Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Christmas 2: Christmas, Harder. If you’re a fan of Frozen over Die Hard (it IS a Christmas movie), then you’ll love the luminous lights and snowflakes. Add this Christmas filter to your Christmas projects. You can even create a cool Christmas background in Photoshop using this action.
Get More Holiday Fun Resources
This is a great season to have fun creating in Photoshop. Maybe you're just getting started, or you've already created your own Christmas filters for pictures, but it's always good to have resources and inspiration. Check out some of these articles:
Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Janila Castañeda. Janila is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.