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How To Create An Awesome Plant Based Desktop Background

By khalilf on
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So I’ve been reading around the forums and found (sorry if I’m a bit (late on this) that you can get paid for writing articles like ‘how-to’s and stuff! So here's my first one.

Were going to make adjust a cool background I found on the internet into something even more awesome.

What you’ll need:

• Adobe Photoshop CS & higher

• A Wacom™ tablet (you don’t really need this but it helps)

• The cool background I mentioned earlier: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/2154/stand_alone.html


Step 1:

First of all download the desktop background and then load it into Photoshop. Then go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer, or if you’re in CS4, as I am, you can just select the it’s allocated tab. Now make this layer a brightness & contrast layer, and set the contrast to 100. Next go to colour balance and put green to +20, this is just to make the plants look more alive. And that’s all for the adjustments.

Step 2:

Now grab the dodge tool (o) & your tablet and just go over the leaves and trunk of the tree a couple times to draw the eye towards it. Now grab the burn tool (o) and go over everything that ISN’T the tree 2 times. Now go over the SKY, only, a few more times. By now you should have a pretty good looking background. You can stop now or continue further with this tut.

Step 3:

We are now going to create a vignette. First create a new layer and then hit ctrl+r if you don’t already have your rulers out. Drag a guide from the x axis roughly to the centre. It should snap into place. Do this for the y axis as well. Now grab the elliptical marquee tool and hold click form where the two guides intersect, whilst holding down ‘alt’ drag the selection about ¾ of the way to the edge and let go. Press ctrl+shift+I to invert the selection. On your newest layer press ‘d’ then shift+f5 then enter to fill the selection with black. Finally go to ‘Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur’ and set the radius to 60px. Press ‘enter’. Set this layer opacity to 55% and your done!


I sincerely hope you’ve had as much fun following this tutorial as I have making it. I also hope that I’ve taught you something about adjustment layers and what a ‘vignette’ is. By now you should have a pretty awesome looking desktop background.