Green Field Wallpaper Effects

Tips about how I made the Green Field wallpaper (see wallpaper).

Green Field - making of - Step 1


Start with solid dark green color.


Green Field - making of - Step 2

Create new layer, switch to Pen tool, make a leaf shape (it will look better a bit unsymmetric, so do not try to make it perfect symmetric).


Green Field - making of - Step 3

Apply the following layer effects to the layer with leaf shape:
- outer glow – black, overlay, 50-70%, 10-15px
- inner glow – white, overlay, 20-40%, 15-25px


Green Field - making of - Step 4

change foreground color to darker green (almost black), create new layer, and then, using same Pen tool, start drawing…


Green Field - making of - Step 5

…drawing…

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…drawing…

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…until the leaf is ready!

Green Field - making of - Step 8

Apply the following layer effects to this layer:
- blend mode = screen
- outer glow – black, overlay, 10-20%, 5-8px
 


Green Field - making of - Step 9

Group the layers containing elements of leaf into one group. Now you need to make A LOT of copies. Here’s the hint to speed up process: select group, hold ALT key, and click-drag group to move it. Every time you drag it, holding ALT key, Photoshop will create a copy of group.


Green Field - making of - Step 10

After each 15-20 copies, hit Ctrl-T, rotate and resize….


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…once again, make 15-20 copies, rotate, resize, make 15-20 copies, rotate, resize, etc…..


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after about 30-40 minutes of copying, rotating and resizing, entire image is filled with leaves and no background is visible.
Merge all layers and groups into one layer (it is good idea to save backup PSD file before that) and apply the following layer effect:
- gradient, radial, black-to-white, overlay, size:150%, opacity: 20-25%.
Done!


Green Field - making of - Step 13

But what if I wanted to plant some flowers into the wallpaper? Easy!
Create new layer, set foreground color to white, switch to Pen tool, and draw shape similar o this.


Green Field - making of - Step 14

Switch to Pen selection tool (A), select shape, copy (Ctrl-C), paste (Ctrl-V), rotate 180 degrees, move down.


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Then, you might already guess… select all, copy, paste, rotate, select all, copy, paste, rotate, select all, copy, paste, rotate, select all, copy, paste, rotate! (Hint – hold SHIFT while rotating).
 


Green Field - making of - Step 16

Apply the following layer effects:
- bevel: shadow = black, opacity: 10-15%
- outer glow: black, 15-20%, 2-3px


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Duplicate this layer, rotate, resize…


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…repeat, repeat :-)


Green Field - making of - Step 19

Our flower need special leaves for it too. You can use the original layer you created for a leaf in the beginning of this tutorial. Duplicate it, paste in the layer under flower layers…


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copy, paste, rotate, repeat :-)


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Duplicate layer, rotate, resize! (I also made shape color a bit lighter).


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Another part of flower – in new layer, draw a curved line using Pen tool. then – surprise! – copy, paste, rotate, repeat!


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The flower is ready!
 


Green Field - making of - Step 24

Group all layers containing parts of flower into one group, and then – i bet you know! – duplicate, move, resize, rotate, repeat!


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I also wanted to create special version of wallpaper with berries instead of flowers. Here’s how: set foreground color to red, switch to Shape tool, select Ellipse tool, draw circle (hold SHIFT to make it proportional).


Green Field - making of - Step 26

Apply the following layer effects:
- gradient: linear, white-to-black, overlay, 10-15%
- outer glow: black, overlay, 30-40%, 4-6px


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create new layer, set white color, switch to Brush tool, select small hard brush, put one small dot on top of circle. Then, create new layer, set its blend mode to overlay, select larger softer brush, put another dot on bottom of circle, then hit Ctrl-T and resize it horizontally (so that is it ellipse, not circle).


Green Field - making of - Step 28

In another new layer (with blend mode set to overlay and opacity set to 40-60%), use black and white small brushes to give more 3D look.


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Group all these layers into one group, and then…. (chorus) – duplicate, move, resize, repeat!
 


Green Field - making of - Step 30

Berries need their own leaves too. You already know how to do them, so here are a bit different shapes to create for them…


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… this step is also the same as in the beginning of the tutorial (creating leaf)…


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and again… duplicate, move, rotate, resize, repeat…


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In new layer, add a shadow with large black brush.


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Ta-da!


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The last thing to do is…. Duplicate! Move! Resize! Repeat! :-)

That’s all! Thanks for your time.

Green Field wallpaper (see wallpaper).

Author: Vlad Gerasimov
URL:    http://www.vladstudio.com

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