Draw your Snowman in Photoshop

Step 1 – Setting Up Background

Create a document with size 750×550 pixels.

Select the Gradient tool and create a gradient seen in the diagram. The colors (from the left) are #FFFFFF, #759CC3 and #02143A.

Drag this gradient from the bottom upwards..

Step 2a – Create Snowballs

Create a new layer and name it as Snow Body.

Select the Gradient tool and create a radial gradient as shown in the diagram. The colors (from the left) are #FFFFFF, #B8B7BD and #FFFFFF.

Draw a circular selection on Snow Body layer and fill in the gradient you have just created. Start the gradient from top-left side.

Step 2b – Create Snowballs

Select the Snow Body layer and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

Set the amount to 2, distribution to Gaussian and check on Monochromatic.

Hit OK once you are done.

Step 2c – Create Snowballs

Create a new layer and name it as Snow Head.

Repeat Step 2a and 2b with a slightly smaller circle on the Snow Head layer.

Step 3a – Drawing Scarf

Create a new layer above the Snow layers and name it as Scarf.

Using the Pen tool, draw a general path of how your scarf will look like.

Step 3b – Drawing Scarf

Go to Paths tab and select the path you have drawn. Click on Load path as Selection button.

Go back to Layers tab and select Scarf layer. Fill the selection with #9F0004.

Step 3c – Drawing Scarf

Create a new layer and name it as Scarf Folds.

Use the Lasso tool and draw the folds you want on the scarf.

Use the Soft Brush tool of size 50px and color #4F0101, paint along the lower part of the selection. The selection will prevent you from painting any areas outside of it.

Step 3d – Drawing Scarf

Repeat Step 3c with a few more folds on the Scarf Folds layer.

Step 4 – Drawing Snow Cap

Create a new layer and name it as Snow Cap.

Repeat Step 2a (except the gradient colors are #870203, #210102 and #870203) and Step 2b.

Create another circular selection and use it to delete away part of the red ball you have drawn earlier.

Step 5 – Drawing the Eyes

Create a new layer and name it as Eyes.

Draw two simple circles and fill them with #000000. Right-click on the Eyes layer and choose Blending Options.

Activate Drop Shadow and set its opacity to 30%, distance to 3 and size to 0. Leave the rest of settings as default.

Step 6a – Drawing the Nose

Create a new layer and name it as Nose.

Using Pen tool, draw a cone shaped path. You may need to Convert Point tool to adjust the edges a little.

Step 6b – Drawing the Nose

Go to Paths tab and make the cone path as a selection.

Back to Layers tab and on the Nose layer, fill it with linear gradient starting from top (colors are #FFB036 and #FE2E00).

I found the nose is too sharp so made it blunt by drawing a small circle at the tip and erase the excessive portion.

Step 6c – Drawing the Nose

Create a new layer below Nose and name it as Nose Shadow.

Using the Polygonal Lasso tool, create a triangle selection and fill it with #000000.

Set the opacity of Nose Shadow layer to 20%.

Step 7a – Creating Furball

Select the Dune Grass brush from one of the default brush presets.

Open up the Brush Palette and key in the settings shown on the left.

Step 7b – Creating Furball

Key in the settings shown on the left.

Step 7c – Creating Furball

Key in the settings shown on the left.

Step 7d – Creating Furball

Key in the settings shown on the left.

Step 7e – Creating Furball

Create a new layer and name it as Furball.

Set the foreground color to #9b0004 and brush size to 20. Then start to paint a furball on the layer by going round and round a point continuously till you get a furball with size similar to mine in the diagram.

Step 7f – Creating Furball

Duplicate another 3 furballs from the layer you have just drawn.

Resize and position them like the ones on the left.

Step 8 – Adding Snow Dust

Create a new layer and name it as Snow Dust.

Select the Dry Brush from one of the default brush presets.

Set the foreground color to #FFFFFF, brush size to 30, and paint some snow dust on the cap and furballs.

Step 9 – Adding Snow Floor

Create a new topmost layer and name it as Snow Floor.

Use Brush tool with color #FFFFFF, paint a wavy floor at the bottom of the snowman.

Then set the foreground color to #CCCCCC and add in some shadows to it.


Ok there we have the snowman! i have added some snow at the background to complete the whole design.

Hope everyone will enjoy this tutorial and have a merry christmas this year end.

Click here to view the final image.

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63 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Majid says:

    Thank you, it was nice

    Merry Christmas

    • Samira says:

      Hi Majid,

      Thank you very much for your reply, I lost hope that somebody will answer. I researched on internet but seems nobody trying to make snow dust in photoshop.

      Can you please advise how much was your resolution?

  2. Samira says:

    Hello Johnson,

    Your tutorials are great. I have difficulty, howevere, in creating dust. I tried different options and my snow dust not coming so realistic as yours and it is not looking as snow dust at all.
    I would appreciate if you could advise which exactly brush you used? Did you apply any other effects? If I use both dry brushes which come as default in photoshop, I am not getting what you showed on picture.

    Thank you very much in advance for your help!

    • Majid says:

      Hi Samira,

      Merry Christmas

      regarding the issue you said about the month ago if you still have that problem

      i faced the same issue you said somewhat and the most reasonable answer i could find about it was the Resolution of the document.

      no matter what method i used to make the snow dust look real just like the one showed in the tutorial, it seemed something different unless i increased the resolution of the document to let there be enough pixels for making the dust look tiny enough on the one hand and increase the number of dust on the other hand.

      Thank you


  3. Gairo says:

    The noise filter won’t apply to my snowball when I press OK. Any idea why that might happen. Please help me. Thank you.

  4. Web Design Nepal says:

    Awesome tutorials. Thank for sharing with us.

  5. SweatyBalls says:

    Fuck gormen gang

  6. caillou says:


  7. ashley says:

    awwh how cute

  8. Nanda says:

    Hi Johnson!
    I like your blog so much.
    I am very new to PS.
    I can learn alot from you.
    Thank you so much.
    btw…. Can you pls share how to extract messy hair from background? Thank you.

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  10. zeshanshani says:

    i see the tutoiral i learn and enjoyiny work

  11. Great stuff. looks amazing. Thanks for sharing

  12. this tutorial really makes a strong impression on me. i very like the step that make Snow body, it’s so simple but effective.
    thanks for share this tutorial, i will try when i have time.
    nice to meet everyone, i’m Vietnamese.

    Merry Christmas 2010 .

  13. Michelle says:

    wow i love it ๐Ÿ™‚ will add it to Kaplang

  14. fredda says:

    I was wondering if i can use this method and some how transfer it to wood for craft projects. I can not draw or paint any suggestions!!! thanks

  15. Krissy says:

    Love this tut. It’s simple and easy to create but it turns out wonderful- I used it on my christmas cards this year and they turned out great.

    Also, I found something very similar to your tut that someone else published but they altered this tut. It’s on Photoshop Lady Forums and the tutorial is called Create a Christmas card. Just thought I’d let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the easy and beautiful tutorial!

  16. renata says:

    i just made it,is really easy and beautifull!congrats!

  17. CgBaran Tuts says:

    great tutorial thanks

  18. RUGRLN says:

    looks amazing i tried to make the scarf but failed miserably…lol anyways greta tut!

  19. germaine says:

    Hum just saw that guy yesterday on zedge.net, i downloaded it for my mobile phone. I hope it was credited to the author ๐Ÿ™

  20. Johnson says:

    Thanks Pelle for the pointers. Will take note on these in my coming works ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. pelle says:

    The shadow in nose is wrong,
    the eyes shadow
    and nose shadow are not the same direction.

  22. Johnson says:

    Thanks Arve!

    Hi Ps01, Arve is right ๐Ÿ˜€ Just click on the gradient bar to add more colors.

  23. Arve says:

    Just klikk to make more gradients colors

  24. ps01 says:

    Heyy, how do u put 3 colors for the gradient?????? I only know how to put 2….help please

  25. Johnson says:

    @Ronald: Thanks bro! I’ve read about your problems… Hope NaldzGraphics will be back soon. We are all missing it.

    @Seth: Thanks Seth ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s great feeling to see everyone preparing for the festival.

  26. Seth says:

    Brilliant. I just created this snowman injecting some christmas spirit in to my London office! Good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Nice effect John. Your really doing great in here=)


  28. Yami says:

    Nah, i live in Brazil, we don’t have snow here =[
    My dream is to play on snow *-*

  29. Johnson says:

    Hey thanks Yami ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Btw is it snowing on your side already? Singapore is tropical so will not get the chance to see it ๐Ÿ™

  30. Yami says:

    I loved the “Snow Dust” effect, its so realistic !
    The job itself is amazing, it will be an perfect option for this christmas ! I’m starting today do deskmod my desktop to get in the xmas mood =]

  31. evilL0rd says:

    best snowman tutorial i’ve seen
    congrats ^^

  32. Johnson says:

    Thanks brother ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m enjoying doing these indeed and also the process of thinking what to create for the season. First time counting down with the lot here ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. nicely done..:)

    I love this Christmas spirit.. and feeling while creating cheese kind of tutorials/artworks by myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe..same is for You ๐Ÿ™‚

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