At our house, decorating the Christmas tree is a festive family tradition. Shiny or decorated bulbs constitute a significant percentage of our Christmas ornaments, so I thought I would share a tutorial on how to create a digital Christmas ornament using a favorite photo.
An ornament makes a great accent on a Christmas scrapbook page, adding just the right amount of WOW factor.
If you want to feature a group photo, try to place everyone in a more circular arrangement, and leave plenty of space around the edges. I took this photo of my family using the timer on my camera.
Use a string of bulbs on a Christmas card.
If you’ve been around this site for a very long time, you may remember me teaching this tutorial before, but I’ve updated it and made a video to show you exactly how it’s done. It’s very easy, by the way. Even beginners can do this, so give it a try!
To create the ornament I used the Spherize filter, which gave my photo a slightly distorted rounded look. I also used a glass globe template from my class All Season Snow Globe to give the ornaments a shiny round look, but in this video I teach how to create a spot reflection using another filter—the Lens Flare filter.
Ornaments need a hanger to hang on the tree, so download this free hanger to use with your ornament.
Watch the Video
Click on the video below to watch how to turn a photo into a Christmas ornament. Written instructions are below the video.
Author: Linda Sattgast | email@example.com
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