So Iâ€™ve been reading around the forums and found (sorry if Iâ€™m a bit (late on this) that you can get paid for writing articles like â€˜how-toâ€™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 youâ€™ll need:
â€¢ Adobe Photoshop CS & higher
â€¢ A Wacomâ„¢ tablet (you donâ€™t really need this but it helps)
â€¢ The cool background I mentioned earlier: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/2154/stand_alone.html
First of all download the desktop background and then load it into Photoshop. Then go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer, or if youâ€™re in CS4, as I am, you can just select the itâ€™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 thatâ€™s all for the adjustments.
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 ISNâ€™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.
We are now going to create a vignette. First create a new layer and then hit ctrl+r if you donâ€™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 â€˜altâ€™ drag the selection about Â¾ of the way to the edge and let go. Press ctrl+shift+I to invert the selection. On your newest layer press â€˜dâ€™ then shift+f5 then enter to fill the selection with black. Finally go to â€˜Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blurâ€™ and set the radius to 60px. Press â€˜enterâ€™. Set this layer opacity to 55% and your done!
I sincerely hope youâ€™ve had as much fun following this tutorial as I have making it. I also hope that Iâ€™ve taught you something about adjustment layers and what a â€˜vignetteâ€™ is. By now you should have a pretty awesome looking desktop background.