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10 Totally Free and Amazing Christmas and Winter-Inspired Tutorials

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The holidays are almost here! While many of you are making plans to spend the next few days with family and friends, we also know that many of you are also hard at work creating designs for the winter season. In this article, we will present a list of 10 of some of our favorite Christmas and winter-inspired tutorials. Let's take a look!


1. Create a Winter-Themed Holiday Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to use various techniques to create a winter-themed holiday card in Photoshop. This tutorial will creatively utilize Photoshop filters and transformations to create a fantastic winter illustration.


2. Create a Festive Cocktail Using Photoshop's 3D Capabilities

In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a festive cocktail using Photoshop's 3D capabilities, just in time for your New Year's celebrations.


3. Create a Gingerbread Cookie Scene Using Smart Objects

In this tutorial, we will explain how to build a holiday gingerbread cookie illustration using copies of a single Smart Object. This technique will allow us to quickly update the shape of our cookie with very little effort in order to make multiple cookies for a more complex final scene.


4. Create a Knitted Argyle Text Effect Using Filter Forge and Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will use Filter Forge to help create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop that you can use in your holiday illustrations.


5. Create a Snowy Landscape From Desert Photography in Photoshop

Photoshop is a great tool because it allows us to be creative and produce imagery that would be impossible to create otherwise. In this tutorial, we will create a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand.


6. Create a Candy Flavored Text Effect in Photoshop

In this quick tip tutorial we will explain how to create a candy cane-style text effect in Photoshop.


7. Create a 3D Ice Text Effect With Modo and Photoshop

While Photoshop allows us to do many things, often, the final outcome we are looking for just can't be accomplished using Photoshop alone. One of the best things about Photoshop, however, is that it almost always has a role in modern design workflows, especially in 3D. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a 3D ice text effect using Modo to sculpt the 3D models and Photoshop for texturing and post-production.


8. Create an Adorable Christmas Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a Christmas card using digital illustration and digital painting techniques.


9. Create a Holiday-Inspired GIF Using Stop Motion Photos

In this two -part tutorial, we will show you How to Shoot Photos for a Stop Motion Animation, then we will show you How to Create an Animated GIF Using Stop Motion Photography.


10. Create a Novel Pop-Up Holiday Card

In this tutorial, we will show you how to produce a memorable holiday card. Pop-up cards are normally cards that, once opened, have an element of surprise making them both memorable and fun to the reader. This tutorial takes you step-by-step through the entire process of transforming initial concept drawings through to a fully functional piece of cardboard engineering.

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