Animated Rainbow Wallpaper

 
Hello! In this tutorial, I will show how I created the Rainbows wallpaper. First, create dark sky in the background. For that, set forecolor to dark blue and back color to black, switch to Gradient tool (G), change gradient type to Radial, and create gradient from bottom to top of document.

View full size Rainbow Wallpaper.
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 1


To add some highlight, create new layer, and use large soft white brush to add a spot. Then, transform it (Ctrl-T) - stretch it horizontally.
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 2

Change layer blend mode to Overlay.
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 3

Next step is to create a cloud. Change forecolor to light blue, switch to Shape tool (U), select Ellipse, switch to 'Add to shape area' mode (2nd button in top row, so that all shapes you create are in single layer). Then, holding Shift, add several circles, overlapping
  
each other a bit.
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 4

Add the following layer effects: - drop shadow (black, mode = overlay, opacity 30-40%, distance 3-4px, size 10-15px)
- inner glow (white, overlay, size = 5-6px)
- gradient overlay (black-to-white, mode = overlay, opacity 75%, angle 90)
- bevel and emboss (size 30px, soften 5px, highlight white 75% screen, shadow multiply 40% blue)
- satin (black, mode = overlay, distance 6px, size 14px, try different contours)

Our cloud is ready!
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 5

Add another small cloud in front of bigger cloud. When you add layer effects to smaller cloud, decrease all sizes and percents accordingly.
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 6

And then, more and more clouds!
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 7

Next, we need a rainbow. We will make rainbow with shapes, each color in one shape layer. Create new layer (behind layers with clouds). Set forecolor to red, select ellipse shape tool (U) and make a red circle (as always, holding Shift to preserve proportion)
 
Rainbows - making of - Step 8

   


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