Decorate a Christmas Tree Using Nature Effects - Greeting Card

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Tutorial: AKVIS NatureArt

Greeting Card: Decorate a Christmas Tree


The author of this tutorial is Irene Briz of Lake Como, Italy.

During the Christmas holidays, there's nothing better than receiving a personalized greeting card or congratulating someone with a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It is wonderful to make something with your own hands, with passion and love... for the sake of art and for whom it is intended.

With AKVIS NatureArt we can make and decorate a beautiful Christmas tree!

    Original Image Result
    Original Image Result

The standalone version of the program was used for this tutorial, but the same result can be obtained using the plug-in.

Hint: It's useful to save your settings to a preset so that they can be easily used again later.

  • Step 1. Start AKVIS NatureArt and create a file with a white background (the button ).

    White Background
    White Background
  • Step 2. Choose Clouds from the list of effects. Use the Selection Brush tool to draw a tree using arbitrary lines (it can be simple). Make corrections using the Eraser tool if necessary.

    Selected Area
    Selected Area

    Adjust the parameters and color to create a Christmas tree that is both beautiful and recognizable.

  • Step 3. Press to begin processing the image. Save the result and continue working on the image.

    Now we have a tree which is ready to be decorated.

    Christmas Tree
    Christmas Tree
  • Step 4. Choose the Sun effect and the AKVIS Star and add a star to the top of the tree, then adjust the effect's parameters and color.

    Sun Effect (AKVIS Star preset)
    Sun Effect (AKVIS Star Preset)

    Settings (Sun)   Settings (Rays)
  • Step 5. Press to process the image. Save the image again and continue working on it.

    Result (sunin the form of a star
    Result (sun in the form of a star)

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add a few more stars on different parts of the tree. If desired, you can change the color, size, and the number of rays for each object:

    Christmas Tree, Decorated in Stars
    Christmas Tree, Decorated in Stars
  • Step 6. To add some colorful Christmas tree balls, choose the AKVIS Moon preset.

    Sun Effect (AKVIS Moon Preset)
    Sun Effect (AKVIS Moon Preset)

    Set the parameters and color of the ball:

  • Step 7. Press to process the image and then save the result.

    Result (sunin the form of balls)
    Result (sun in the form of balls)

    Repeat steps 6 and 7 to add more balls of various color and form to the tree. Here is the image thus far:

    Christmas Tree, Decorated in Stars and Balls
    Christmas Tree, Decorated in Stars and Balls
  • Step 8. Save the final version, close AKVIS NatureArt and open the image in Adobe Photoshop. Now you can add some congratulation text and create an appropriate inscription.

    If the image is printed on glossy transparent or matte gloss paper, it will look simply fantastic!

    Christmas Card
    Christmas Card
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Presets — Presets
   — Tips & Tricks — Tips & Tricks
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Rain — Rain
   — Sun — Sun
   — Water — Water
   — Lightning — Lightning
   — Clouds — Clouds
   — Frost — Frost
   — Rainbow — Rainbow
   — Aurora — Aurora
   — Fire — Fire
   — Ice — Ice
Examples Examples
   — NatureArt Gallery — NatureArt Gallery
   — Torch of Liberty — Torch of Liberty
   — Above the Sea — Above the Sea
   — Day & Night — Day & Night
   — Flaming Text — Flaming Text
   — The Sea on a Midsummer Night — The Sea on a Midsummer Night
   — Playing With Light — Playing With Light
   — Tempest in a Glass — Tempest in a Glass
   — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree
   — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist
   — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects
   — Frosty Window — Frosty Window
   — Planet of Storms — Planet of Storms
   — Frozen River — Frozen River
   — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing
   — Creating an Animated Avatar — Creating an Animated Avatar
   — Sunset Picture — Sunset Picture
   — Fiery Girl:  Drawing with Flame — Fiery Girl: Drawing with Flame
   — Water Effect on Specific Areas — Water Effect on Specific Areas
   — The Cat and the Rain — The Cat and the Rain


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