Last week I was with my friends in the park. It was a good opportunity to observe the nature for some inspiration. Everything was blossom. So, I decided to make an wallpaper that will have the colors of the flowers. In this tutorial I’ll show you how I’ve done it.
You don’t need an image for this Photoshop tutorial. Just open Photoshop and let’s start!
Make a new document and set the width to 1680 pixels and the height to 1050. However, you can use what resolution you want. For the Background Contents select white. Name the project and press Ok.
Make a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and click on the Gradient Tool. Choose Radial Gradient and check the Reverse box from the Option bar. The colors I used for the gradient are from the Csscreme site palette: #3f5760 and #a9c5cd.
After you’ve selected the colors press Ok and drag the gradient from the center to the top-right corner. Here’s how your background should look like:
In this step you’re going to place some text on the wallpaper. Take the Horizontal Type Tool and type your text. Select white for the foreground color.
For "csscreme" I used Myriad Pro font type, italic, 16 mm and I decreased the space between the letters (kerning) from the Character window (Window - Character) to -10.
Duplicate the "css creme" layer and place it under the original. Using the arrows key move the type 1px to the right and 1px down, which means that you have to press down the right arrow key once, and the down arrow key once. Apply some layer style to this layer, using Outer Glow style (see the image below) and Color Overlay style with #063468 as color.
For "best web flavours" use the same font, regular, 7 mm and set the kerning to -30. Set the color to #405359 for the this layer.
Double click on the last layer (best web flavours) in order to open the layer style. Select Bevel and Emboss with the following settings: Style – Emboss, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 100%, Direction – Down. The rest remains the same.
Create a new document, 10 px wide and 10 px high and for the Background Contents select Transparent. Take the Line Tool, set the foreground color to black and drag a line like you see in the picture below:
After that go to Edit > Define Pattern and name it cssceme_wallpaper. And that’s how you create patterns.
Go back to your project. Duplicate the Gradient layer and double click on it. Select Pattern Overlay and from the Pattern option hit that little arrow and select from the list the pattern you’ve just created.
Hit Ok. Set the Opacity and the Fill for this layer to 20%. Now your wallpaper should look like this.
Make a new layer and name it Flower1. Take the Ellipse Tool and draw a colored circle where you want the first flower to be. Take the Pen Tool and now create the petals. After you’re done with the first petal, right click on the canvas and select Stroke Path > Brush. Make sure you have a brush with a small dimensions. Continue to do that until you think you have enough petals. It’s better if you’ll create them in separate layers, so you can arrange them as you want. After you’ve arranged them, hold down Ctrl key and hit Ctrl + E to merge all the layers.
Now lets create another flower. Make a new layer, choose a color you like and this time go to Custom Shapes and select the Raindrop symbol. Draw it on your canvas. Duplicate this layer (Ctrl + J) and use Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to arrange them into a flower shape.
Take the Raindrop symbol again and make smaller petals. Change their color and arrange them above the others one, like you see in the image below
After that duplicate the last two layers (remember to merge the layers form Flower2) and apply some layer style to them. Use gradients, Stroke, Outer color, Bevel and Emboss, play around until you find something that you like.
Another easy model you can make it with Pen Tool is this one below
Use the same technique as for the first flower with the only difference that this time you’ll make all the petals into a single layer.
First you use Stroke Path for the path you’ve created and after that, without loosing the path, make a new layer, transform the path into a selection and then fill it with another color. After that just use your arrow keys to move the colored flower about 10 pixels to the top-right corner of the flower below it.
Or, if you don’t want to create them, you can find some nice brushes on the Internet and use them. Or use the ones from the Custom Shape. Place as many flowers as you like.
And this is the wallpaper:
Hope you had fun!