Free Desktop Wallpaper with Effects

The next lesson I’ll show you how to process the colors, to use program’s filters, using the layers and create the effect of illuminated objects.

Create firstly a new file of standard wallpapers’ size: File ? New (ctrl+n).

computer free desktop wallpaper

Now we have to paint the layer, applying the Gradient Tool (the stretching should be done vertically, from the top to the bottom).

computer free desktop wallpaper

Then create a new layer: Layer ? New ? Layer and choose the Pen Tool with Fill Path command to draw arbitrary several ornaments:

computer free desktop wallpaper

Apply the next shown filter to this layer: Filter ? Distort ? Polar Coordinates.

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That is what we get:

computer free desktop wallpaper 

We have to create a new layer and group it with that one the ornaments are drawn on: Layer ? Create Clipping Mask (ctrl+g). Then select the Gradient Tool with the next shown adjustments to paint the new layer:

computer free desktop wallpaper

Create one more layer, group it with the previous one (ctrl+g) and change the layer’s Blending Mode on Linear Dodge. Select the Gradient Tool with the previous applied adjustments and paint the layer, but this time the painting should be done on the opposite direction.

computer free desktop wallpaper

One more layer, grouped out. Apply on it the next filter indicated here: Filter ? Render ? Clouds, choosing the black and white colors.

computer free desktop wallpaper

Change the layer’s Blending Mode on Screen:

computer free desktop wallpaper 

Now we have to merge down all the grouped layers, except the background’s one, using the next combination: Layer ? Merge Down (ctrl+e). Make a copy of the new layer: Layer ? Duplicate Layer (ctrl+j) and select the commands Edit ? Free Transform (ctrl+t) and Edit ? Transform ? Distort to change the size and the copy’s layer’s placement. Then situate the layer under the basic layer, containing the ornaments:

computer free desktop wallpaper

Change the layer’s colors now, situated lower, using Image ? Adjustments ? Channel Mixer.

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Make a copy of the lighter ornaments and the lowest one should be done totally white, selecting the Channel Mixer.

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Blur out this layer, using Filter ? Blur ? Gaussian Blur.

computer free desktop wallpaper 

Change now the color of the blurred ornaments, applying the combination Image ? Adjustments ? Selective Color.

computer free desktop wallpaper

We have to blur out and change the color of the layer, containing darker ornaments, using the previous method:

computer free desktop wallpaper

Combine now, by couple, the layers containing the ornaments and blurred copies (the lighter ones should be combined with the layers of the same nuance, the darker with the darker layers). Make a copy of each combined layers and blur out the copies, applying Filter ? Radial Blur:

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Change now the blurred layer’s Blending Mode above the darker ornament on Overlay:

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The layer’s Blending Mode situated above the lighter one ? on Screen. Change also the color (but only of this layer), using Image ? Adjustments ? Hue/Saturation (ctrl+u).

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Combine all the layers: Layer ? Merge Visible (shift+ctrl+e) and make a copy of the got layer and apply on it the next option: Filter ? Noise ? Median.

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Change the Blending Mode on Hard Light and merge down the layers (сtrl+e).

computer free desktop wallpaper

Then make a new copy of the got layer (ctrl+j) and apply to this copy next option Filter ? Sketch ? Chrome.

computer free desktop wallpaper 

Blur out this layer, choosing Filter ? Blur ? Motion Blur and change the layer’s Blending Mode on Overlay.

computer free desktop wallpaper

Marge down again the layers and make a copy of the new layer. The new copy must be blurred out by using Gaussian Blur.

computer free desktop wallpaper

Change the layer’s Blending Mode on Multiply and merge down the layers (ctrl+e).

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Apply the command shown here to the new layer: Layer ? Layer Style ? Inner Shadow.

computer free desktop wallpaper 

computer free desktop wallpaper

Finished!

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