How to Create a Gorgeous Santa Claus Vector in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create a gorgeous Santa Claus vector in Photoshop using the basic skills and layer styling techniques.

Details

Program:  Photoshop CS 5

Approximate time:  40-45 Minutes

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Have a look at our final result before we start.

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Step 1
Open the adobe Photoshop and create a new document with Width 1400px and Height 1200px.Fill it with # 000000 color by going to Edit> Fill.

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Step 2
Select the ‘pen tool’, click on the ‘Shape layers’ icon present at the top option bar. This will make editing of the shape created easier for any modification later on. Now draw the body sketch of our Santa with the ‘Pen tool’. Draw each part on a separate layer. Use red color for the coat, trouser and gloves and white for its borders to get the sketch as displayed here.

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Step 3
Next, we’ll give this body sketch some character. Starting with the coat layers, click on the layer on which you’ve drawn the half of coat to select it and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following settings here.

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Step 4
Now right click on this layer and select the option of ‘Copy layer style’. After that, right click on the other half of coat and trouser layers one by one and choose the option of ‘Paste layer style to apply the same effects on these layers.

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Paste the same layer style on the gloves layers, however, hide or delete the satin and bevel and emboss effects for gloves to get the effects as shown below.

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Step 5
Next, click on the right arm layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following settings for it.

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Paste this layer style on the left arm layer in the same way as explained in step 4.

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Step 6
Now click on one of the white border layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following values.

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Copy and paste this layer style on the rest of the white borders.

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Step 7
Next, we’ll create some details on the gloves. Select the ‘Hard round brush’ and # 880609color. Draw the details as shown below.

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Open the bell vector file, copy and paste it on a new layer in your document. Resize the bell by pressing Ctrl+ T. Place this layer just below the right glove layer.

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Step 8
We’ll create Santa’s belt now. Create a new layer and draw these shapes using ‘Pen tool’.

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Now click on the belt layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Drop shadow and use the following values.

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Click on the buckle layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following values.

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Step 9
Next, we’ll move forward to create the Santa’s boot. Create the shapes using ‘Pen tool’.

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Click on the upper boot layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Bevel and Emboss. Use the below displayed settings here.

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Click on the middle boot layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Inner shadow and use the given values for it.

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Now click on the top most boot layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Bevel and Emboss. Use the following settings.

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Step 10
Next, we’ll create Santa’s beard. Create a new layer, select the ‘Brush tool’ and # ffffff color. Use feather brushes to draw the basic beard shape as shown below. Draw half side and duplicate it and go to Edit> Transform> Flip horizontal. Arrange both halves using ‘Move tool’.

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Click on layer1 and layer2 of beard and go to Layer> Layer style> Outer glow and use the given values.

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Duplicate layer2 of beard and go to Layer> Layer style> Color overlay and use the given color.

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Place these layers over each other and make adjustments to cover all areas to get the proper beard for Santa.

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Step 11
Create a new layer and draw Santa’s mustache using the same technique as used for beard. Next create the face outline using ‘Pen tool’ on a new layer. Create a layer below the face layer and use feather brushes to create side hair of Santa.

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Step 12
Next, we’ll create face features of our Santa. Draw eye brows, nose, lips and mouth in separate layers using ‘Pen tool’ and eyes using ‘Ellipse tool’.

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Click on the nose layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Inner glow and use the given values.

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Click on the lips layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Inner glow and use the following settings.

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After that, click on the mouth layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Inner shadow and use the following settings.

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Next, click on the eyeball layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following values.

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Step 13
Next, we’ll create a hat for the Santa. Select the ‘Pen tool’ and draw the hat parts in 3 separate layers.

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Right click on any of the white border layers of Santa’s coat and select the option of ‘Copy layer style’ and then right click on the white part hat layers one by one and ‘Paste layer style’ here.
In the same way, Copy layer style of the coat red layer and Paste layer style on the hat red part layer.

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Step 14
Now we’ll create Gifts bag. Create a new layer and draw the shape as shown below using ‘Pen tool’.

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Click on the main bag layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options and use the following settings.

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Next click on the top folded part of Santa’s bag layer and apply the following blending options settings for it.

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Step 15
Open up the gifts vector file, copy and paste gifts on a new layer in your document. Press Ctrl+ T to resize and rotate them to fit in the bag. Duplicate gift layer 2-3 times and arrange each layer nicely. You can change the color of gifts in the duplicated layer. Click on the duplicated layer and press Ctrl+ U to open the ‘Hue and Saturation’ window and play with the settings to get color of choice.

After that, collect all the gifts layers in a group and go to Layer> Merge group. Now in order to confine these gifts inside the bag, click on this merged layer, then press Ctrl+ thumbnail of the bag opening layer to select it and click on ‘Add layer mask’ icon, which is present at the bottom of the layers pallate.

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Step 16
Now create a new layer and draw the shapes using ‘Pen tool’ as shown below to create reflection of Santa on ground.

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Step 17
Finally, open up any image, which you want to use as your background, paste it on a new layer below the Santa’s layers. You can also use vectors to create a background for our Santa.

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That’s it. We are all done with the creation of our Santa Claus. He is ready to spread the joy of Christmas.
Hope you guys enjoyed learning this tutorial. Do share your thoughts regarding it. Merry Christmas!

 

One comment

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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