Image Sizing, Importing and Filters
Photoshop tutorials including Photoshop and Fireworks. Tutorials for digital image editors and digital colorers. How to use Adobe Photoshop, how to digitally color images and artwork.Now days everyone wants to create their own wallpapers just to make their computer even more unique and up to par for their preferences. The first step in creating a wallpaper is to decide which direction you want to take it, after you know what you're looking for its easier to create a great image. For me, I was thinking of creating a Blazedent Wallpaper that will incorporate the Blazedent logo along with a few other images to give it a great feel. After you have your own idea though up, feel free to continue.
Image Size
The next step in creating a wallpaper is to open up Photoshop and go to [FILE > NEW]. In the popup window; name the new image whatever you want, set the type of measurement for the width and height to pixels. Then set the width to 1024 and the height to 768. This is a nice sized wallpaper that will work well with almost any computer. Set the resolution to your fancy and make sure the mode is set to RGB Color. Also set the content to whatever you prefer, then click OK.
Depending on the type of colors you want to incorporate with your wallpaper, we will now create the background of our wallpaper. To stay with the fashionable Blazedent color of light blue; that's what our new wallpaper will have, but I'm going to spice it up a little. First I'm going to set my foreground color to a light shade of blue; and then my background color to a slight darker shade of blue. Then after selecting the gradient tool I'm going to click in the top left corner of my image and drag the gradient line down to the bottom right. After releasing I have a smoothly transitioned background, and at the same time its better than just a flat color.
Importing Images
Now I'm going to open the Blazedent logo, FILE>OPEN, and drag it to my current wallpaper. After centering it as best I can I'm going to move on to my next step.
Duplicating Layers
For my own kind of an effect I'm going to duplicate the layer with the logo on it by right clicking on the layer in the Layers window, [WINDOW > SHOW LAYERS], and then i'm going to reposition the copies. Then I am going to select the original layer with the logo on it and add a filter, [FILTER > ARTISTIC > NEON GLOW]. After selecting my preferences in the popup window and clicking ok, I get a neat looking image. Now, repeating the same step with the second logo, but changing the neon glow a little, it looks good.
Lighting Effect
The wallpaper is still pretty plain, so I think the best way to compensate for this is to add a lighting effect. After selecting the background layer, go to [FILTER > RENDER > LIGHTING EFFECTS] and play with the preferences. Mine turned out so well because the lighting effects center the focus of the viewer onto the logo duplications.
After duplicating the original looking logo; I added a blur to it, [FILTER > BLUR > MOTION BLUR]. I edited the preferences to fit the correct direction and then I spaced out the logo layers so that they would match up well. That is how I got the bg to the left. I also decided to add a brush stroke filter to the top left logo, [FILTER > BRUSH STROKES > ANGLED STROKES].
Finishing Touches
The wallpaper is almost complete. All I want to add are some finishing touches. This includes a neat goblin drawn and colored by a good friend of mine; but with the goblin I must yet again move my logos. I also want to add a website url so that people know where they got the wallpaper from. Along with some text, I am going to draw circles using the circle marquee tool, then after selecting the background layer I added a gradient effect, just like we did before but with different colors. The last step is to save it, [FILE > SAVE AS], the best format for wallpapers is the gif format.

Now the wallpaper is complete and ready for your use. Go ahead and click on the image to the left; then right click on the wallpaper in the popup window and select Set as Wallpaper or Set as Background (depending on the os you use).

Although your own wallpaper might not look anything like mine, that's great! The purpose of this tutorial was to help you learn how to: use the new image feature, use new filters, import images, get used to layers, get used to saving, using the marquee tool and using the gradient tool. And of course to have fun while at the same time gaining experience. These first Photoshop tutorials have really been easy, but don't expect them all to be so simple.

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