Sunday, December 4, 2016

How to Make Christmas Bulbs in Photoshop

This photo looks like a beautiful, sparkly glass Christmas bulb!

But, I actually created it in Photoshop from this photo I took
at our town's Festival of Trees:

This technique is so fast and easy, I couldn't stop making them!
The original photo is below each bulb.

To create these masterpiece Christmas bulbs you only need to follow
four very simple steps in Photoshop!

Open the photo you want to use in Photoshop.



3.  IMAGE- IMAGE SIZE.  Unclick: "constrain proportions".  Now, change the pixels of 
the longest side of your photo to match your shortest. (You are making it into a square.)


You will LOVE seeing the finished bulb that you created
so quickly and simply!

Photoshop applies the coordinating background during the process.

Try the technique with other photos, like I did with this
summer still-life.

Flowers work especially well with this technique!

Have a blast with this fun technique!


  1. Hey Jill,

    These are so stinkin' neat and beautiful at the same time! I almost sent a help letter bec. I made three of them and they just didn't look like yours but then I realized that I was doing the reverse for steps 2 and 4. Once I read it for the 5th time and did it correctly, it looked great. Thanks so much for the tip.

    Lisa D.

  2. This is an amazing technique Jill! So beautiful and very addictive indeed! I started playing with some of my floral photos and couldn't stop. Then I realized it would be great if I made this into an action so I could simply press the play button and voila. I'd never made an action before so with a little help from a Photoshop tutorial and a lot of trial and error I made an action. So much fun! Then I made another action to include duplicating the photo at the beginning as to not mess with my original.

  3. That's a WONDERFUL idea, Tina! Once you start, you can't stop, and using an action would make it so much faster. I just want to see the results right away...ha ha!!!

    Once you make them, you want to share your creations, so feel free to share them on my Facebook page under the post about these bulbs.

  4. Lisa, I made the exact same mistake when I was first working on this frustrating. But, it was super FUN when I finally succeeded! Share some of your bulbs on my Facebook page:

  5. Hi Jill! I think I am doing everything correctly but in the end I don't have a coordinating background like yours do. What am I doing wrong and how do I fix this? Thanks!

  6. Hi DeAnna, Hard for me to troubleshoot when I am not there to watch you go through the process. Maybe you are switching steps 1 and 3 as the reader above mentioned. I made this mistake myself the first time I did it.

    Photoshop determines the backgrounds based on the colors in your photo. So maybe try selecting a more colorful photo. Some of mine had beige backgrounds. I hope this helps!