Wallpaper from photos in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will see how to quickly and easily create a desktop wallpaper using an ordinary landscape photo.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with a size of 2880×1800 pixels. I chose this resolution so that you can use the image as wallpaper for your desktop. Insert a photo of the river in the northwest of Oregon into our document.

Step 2

Create adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (New adjustment layer Hue / Saturation) through the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Before entering numeric values, check the checkbox Tint (Colorize). Adjustment layer settings may vary depending on the photo you are working with.

Step 3

Tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) (M) Create a circular selection in the center of the photo. Fill it with black on the adjustment mask mask.

Step 4

Create a new layer on top of the rest and fill it with black using the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G). Then select the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) soft type and draw a white bright spot in the center of the canvas. Alternatively, you can use a gradient fill.

Step 5

Set the blending mode of the layer with a white spot to Multiplication (Multiply). The result should be vignetting.

Step 6

Now we need an image of iridescent colors.

Step 7

Transfer this image to our document and cut out the central part using a mask of the adjustment layer. To quickly copy a mask from one layer to another, drag it with the mouse while holding the Alt key.

Step 8

Set the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 90%.

Step 9

Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge all layers into one separate. Apply a filter to the resulting layer. Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur / Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 10 pixels. Set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and lower the opacity to 40%.

Step 10

On the new layer, create a black circle in the center of the canvas. Set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and lower the layer opacity to 50%. Hide the layer with iridescent color.

Step 11

Insert logo. I wrote the letter A and under it “Oregon • Summer 2013”.

Step 12

Select a layer with a photo and go to the menu Filter> Blur> Tilt-Offset (Filter> Blur> Tilt-Shift). Move the dotted line up and down to reduce the blur in the center.


Additionally, you can add some unobtrusive details or make the image more colorful with the help of iridescent colors. The idea of ​​the lesson was to show you how you can turn an ordinary photo into interesting themed wallpapers in a short time.

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