Vista style background

If you are using the Windows Vista operating system, then you are naturally familiar with the new stylish design. Now you look at your desktop like a morning dawn or aurora.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to draw such beauty yourself.

Step 1

Before creating light effects, we need to prepare the background.
To create the background, we need absolutely any photo, as long as you are satisfied with the basic colors. The photo that is used for this lesson contains soft shades of green, blue and brown. Make sure that your photo has both light and dark areas.

Step 2

Now we will need to apply to this photo Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Blur the photo to such an extent that all the details in the photo are lost, and the colors are mixed. Pick your value here 75.

Step 3

Now we will radically change the colors of our background by adjusting using the Color Balance function.
Go to menu Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance).
Click OK in the window that appears.

In the “Color Balance” window you will see 3 sliders to adjust the color, and below is the Tone Balance: Shadows, Mid Tones and Lights. For each value of the tone balance, you can choose your own color options.

Experiment, move the sliders and see how the picture changes. Switch to Light and Shadows and continue to pick the best shades.
The following parameters are selected for this picture:

Shadows / Shadows: -37, -40, 7
Mid Tones / Midtones: 15, 62, 0
Light / Highlights: -34, 0, 69

Step 4

We have dealt with the background.
If you still want to make changes to the color scheme, simply click on the black and white circle on the “color balance” layer.

Getting Started to Create a Vista Effect.
Take the tool , make sure the feathering in the tool settings is set to “0” and create a huge selection that will extend beyond your canvas. As a result, you should get a slightly curving selection line around the middle of your document.

Step 5

Create a new layer above the rest.
Take a round brush , large size about 200-300 px, and set the stiffness to 0.
Choose white as your primary color.
Now brush your brush gently on the outside of the selection.

Step 6

Change the blending mode to Overlap/ Overlay.
Remove selection (Ctrl + D).
Now we transform (Ctrl + T) this flare in the same way as shown in the figure.

Step 7

Repeat steps 5 and 6 again or two. With this you can change the size of the brush. Remember that each flare should be on a separate layer.

Step 8

If you have already made 2-3 different highlights and want to add more, simply duplicate those that are already ready. Transform them and give new forms.

Step 9

The description of the main effect is complete, but if you want to add various colors to the highlights, see how to do this.

Select several highlights (Ctrl + Shift + click on the layer with the highlight + the next layer with the highlight …), and then add another adjustment layer “Color Balance” (as we did in step 3).

At the same time, the layer mask will automatically appear, which will protect the background from the influence of the new adjustment layer, and will only change the color of the highlights you specified.

Here are examples of what you can do yourself now:

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