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 Tool. I 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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