In this tutorial we'll see how is it possible to create wallpapers by combining several
pictures, we'll learn also several methods of correcting the colors, use
the layers, the filters and see how to create unusual lightness
First we need to open a new file of standard sizes
wallpapers: File - New (ctrl+n).
Open now in a new window the photo representing an eye:
Mark it out, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a copy
of it: Edit - Copy (ctrl+c). Get back to the earlier created file and
insert it on a new layer: Edit - Paste (ctrl+v). Now we should
correct the eye's parameters, selecting the next option: Edit - Free
Insert on a new layer the photo of any kind of dial plate, in
this case of a compass.
Separate the dial plate out of its background, using the
Elliptical Marquee Tool:
The layer containing the
rests of the picture should be erased: Layer - Delete - Layer. We should
copy also that part of the compass that is without its frame.
Distort the compass's perspective after that, making use of
this command: Edit - Transform - Distort
The second layer must be placed above the eye (Distort, Free
Transform) and then erase the unnecessary part by marking it firstly
with Polygonal Lasso Tool. Before marking that part we could minimize
the layer's Opacity till 0%, and then turn it back on 100%. We should
blur out the dial plate's edges too, selecting the Blur Tool.
Decolorize the layer now: Image - Adjustments - Desaturate
(shift+ctrl+u) and change the layer's type on Multiply, increase the
layer's contrast, using the next option: Image - Adjustments - Curves
Open in a new window the photo representing the autumn leaves:
Because they are situated on a
white background, we can mark them out with Rectangular Marquee Tool
and Magic Wand Tool. Copy the leaves and insert each of them on a new
layer, getting back to the wallpapers window.
We should change after that the leaves' angles and placements
(ctrl+t). Then make several copies of these new layers: Layer -
Duplicate Layer (ctrl+j) and create out of them a new composition,
situated under the compass's layer (just move the layers on their right
Apply to each of the layers the next command: Layer - Layer
Style - Drop Shadow
This way we'll get the leaves shadows:
Combine all the layers containing the leaves on them:
And merge them down: Layer - Merge Down (ctrl+e). Now we have
to insert on a new layer the texture of a textile (ctrl+e), that you may
Place it above the layer containing the eye (ctrl+t).
Create a mask then out of
this layer: Layer - Add Layer Mask - Reveal All and choose the Gradient
Tool of black color to make invisible a part of the layer situated above
Apply the following command: Layer - Remove Layer Mask - Apply
and start correcting the colors. Apply first Image - Adjustments -
Selective Color (for the layer containing the textile's texture).
Use now Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation (ctrl+u).
Change a little the layer's brightness and the contrast, making
use of the next command: Image - Adjustments - Levels (ctrl+v).