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Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Snowflake

by Toiny Westberry on 16 November 2013
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We had our first snow this week!  I love snow, and ugly Christmas sweaters, hot chocolate, skiing, white trees, white skies, white flakes falling down. I love snow.  I love snowflakes!

Just like there infinite variations of Mother Nature’s snowflake, so there are infinite variations of a Photoshop snowflake.  This is only one way, one snowflake.  Let your imagination take you away.

My only tools today are my trusty Photoshop (CS5), the line tool & the custom shape tool.

Start by drawing a straight line using the Line ToolI choose to start with a vertical line, but a horizontal line works too.


I added two diagonal lines at the top, you can also use text & a wide “V” to make it easy on yourself.  I then used the Custom Shape Tool, the basic diamond shape, to draw some Diamonds centered over my line.  This is it.  That’s all my snowflake is:


I duplicated my Snowflake Layer (Ctrl+J), and flipped it vertical (Edit->Transform->Flip Vertical), then scooted the new layer down & merged both layers (Ctrl+E):


I again duplicated my Snowflake Layer (Ctrl+J), and rotated the copy 90° W (Edit->Transform->Rotate 90° W), then merged both layers (Ctrl+E):


I again duplicated my Snowflake Layer (Ctrl+J), and rotated the copy 22.5°; Free Transform (Ctrl+T) and manually change the angle to 22.5°.  Do not merge.


Duplicate and repeated angle rotation two more times: Duplicate (Ctrl+J) and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) and manually change the angle to 22.5°.   You will have a perfect snowflake!


You can keep it as is, or change it up a little.  Two quick & easy changes are sizing & fill.

In the Layer Panel select alternating Snowflake Layers.  The first thing I did was transform (Ctrl+T) the size to 90%.  Then I changed fill for a quick shade variation.


Obviously there are a million more options to make your snowflake uniquely yours.  And once you have your perfect snowflake, there are a million things you can create with it: papers, overlays, stickers, tags, flowers, etc.!

Feel free to download my snowflake today & play away.  CU friendly, of course.  Samples included.  Or pick up my PS Snowflake Brush Set plus BONUS Style at 45% Off!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol 16 November 2013 at 2:57 am

How pretty. I love snowflakes. Thanks so much.


2 Karen 16 November 2013 at 8:35 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this. I always seem to make things more difficult for myself when drawing elements. I never think of the simplest way of doing it. LOL


3 Dona 17 November 2013 at 2:27 am

Thank you for showing this and for the free snowflake and overlay. I have a question: the TOU says PU only, but the preview says CU ok. What are your intended terms of use?


4 Sylvia 17 November 2013 at 4:17 am

Thank you so much !!!


5 Toiny 17 November 2013 at 6:54 am

Thank you Dona! The TOU has been updated to reflect that this is for CU use.


6 Dona 18 November 2013 at 3:00 am

Thanks for the clarification, Toiny!


7 Helga 19 November 2013 at 8:28 am

Thank you !!!


8 Denise S. 20 November 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thank you…it sounds so easy. I hope it will work in PSE as well, I think it will. I’ll have to go home and try it out. Thanks again.


9 Галина 25 November 2013 at 2:25 am

Большое спасибо за снежинку и подробный комментарий.


10 Karen 28 November 2013 at 8:07 pm

Thank you


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