How to create unique wallpapers with Photoshop

Photoshop has been the best photo editing application available on the market for almost 40 years, just as Office is the best office suite. Both Photoshop and Office have no rival. With Photoshop, in addition to editing photos to add or remove elements, modify capture settings and much more, it also allows us to unleash our imagination and create our own wallpapers. Would you like to learn how to make your own wallpapers?

In order to be able to design our own wallpapers, it is not necessary to have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, but to know in broad terms how it works. Photoshop works through layers. The layers work independently, we can create as many as we want and we must place them above the image or background layer, which is the base on which we work.

How to create unique wallpapers with Photoshop

If we don’t like the result, we can start over by deleting the layer without having to revert the changes . All the layers we create are saved in the same file in .PSD format, Photoshop’s proprietary format. In this way, we can modify the file as many times as we want without having to start from scratch.

Create your wallpaper design with Photoshop

The first thing to do, as soon as you open Photoshop, is to create a new document . To do this, click on File > New and set the parameters width 192, height 1080 pixels. If our monitor has Full HD resolution (1920×1080) we will use those values so that the image we create occupies the entire width and height of the screen without having to resize it. The measurement will be Pixels and the Horizontal format. Under Background Content, we set Background Color and select the color white. Finally, click on Create to access the blank canvas.

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We return to the top menu and click on Layer > New fill layer > Gradient . With this option we are going to create a background gradient using the colors that we want and that will be the base of the wallpaper that we are going to create. We introduce the name with which we want to locate the layer, in Color, we select the color that we want to use as a base. The Mode and Opacity options, we leave it at 100%. To continue, click OK.

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In the window shown below, we must first select the type of gradient we want . Click on the Gradient bar and select among the presets, settings classified by colors: blue, green, purple, pink, red, orange, among others. Once we have selected the type and color of the gradient, click on Ok to return to the previous window. In style, to create a custom background, the best option is to select Reflected (although Radial will also give us good results) and in the Method, we select Classic . Finally, click on Ok to advance to the next step.

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Next, we create a new transparent layer (very important) from the menu Layer > New > Layer. Next, we select the layer and in the toolbox, long-pressing on the Rectangular Frame Tool and, from the 4 options that are shown, we select the Elliptical Frame Tool and draw an ellipse in one of the corners that we will use to shape it. the image we are going to create.

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In the next step, with the elliptical frame created, we click on the Brush tool and modify the settings: Size 64% and Hardness 0%. Next, we click on the Color tool and select the color that we want to use to create the border of the ellipse that we have selected. Finally, we pass the brush lightly over the edges of the ellipse as we can see in the following image.

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We do the same process with the rest of the corners using different sizes.

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Next, we long press on the Rectangle Marquee Tool and create a line, which we are then going to color the border just like we did with the circles. Next, and with the selection still active, we access the Edit menu. Next, we click on Transform and finally on Warp . Next, we must move the points that represent the bar that we have created to give it an abstract shape as we can see in the following image.

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To give the image a cleaner shape, use the layer blending functions. As it is a transparent layer, we can select different layer blending methods so that it blends with the background. To access the blending modes, we double-click on the layer where we have created and colored both the circles and the vertical line that we have later deformed.

Blending modes are found in the Blending Options > General Blending section. Clicking on Normal will display all available blend modes. Depending on the background colors and the color used to draw the border of the circles and lines, the result will vary. The Color Dodge mode is one of the best options to create abstract backgrounds, although we can also try the rest of the options to see, in real time, how that effect looks on the canvas.

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Next, we can modify the Opacity value , set to 100% by default, and lower it to 60 or 70% so that the result is more transparent and the thicker strokes are less noticeable. It is better not to modify the rest of the options since they are intended to highlight the edges, which is precisely what we do not want to do, otherwise the brush stroke will be very noticeable, offering a very vast result.

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Finally we are going to give it a final touch using the Liquify function , a function found within the Filters menu located at the top of Photoshop. As a curiosity, this function (because it is not really a filter), is the same one that is used to slim down people using this application, although it has many other functions. Once we have opened the Liquify function, we just have to select the circles that we want to deform to give it a much more abstract touch. The results of the modifications are displayed in real time. When we are done, click on Ok.

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Once we have created our own abstract wallpaper, it is time to save the file in PSD format . In this way, if we want to modify some aspect of the design to give it another twist, we will be able to do it without problems using the layer where we have drawn the outline of the circles. The last step, and one of the most important, is to export the image in .PSD format to .JPG to be able to use it as a wallpaper on our computer.

To do so, click the File button, and then click Export > Export As . In the window that appears, in the File Options section, in the Format section, click on PNG and select the JPG format and set the quality to maximum. Finally, click on Export. The image in JPG format will be in the same location as where we have saved the .PSD file.

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