Following our new series of positive thinking wallpapers today we will show you how to create a simple and soothing image using Photoshop. The author we feature today is Confucius and the quote is "Everything has beauty, but not everyone can sees it". We will also use a stock photo from Unsplash.

So in this little case study/tutorial we will show you how to play to some basic masking, photography and typography to create a beautiful wallpaper. The process won't take more than 45 minutes but I am sure you will have a lot of fun.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels, the standard retina display Macbook Pro resolution. After that let's start playing with our positive quote from Confucius. Add the word BEAUTY. The font I am using is called Liberator.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 2

With the Rectangle Tool, create a rectangle with a 10pt stroke.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 3

Now add the rest of the text. The first part using the same font and the last using a smaller font. In my case I used Orator St.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 4

For the background I am using a photo from http://unsplash.com/ - I wanted an image with a cold/calm feel and I found this one with some trees and the fog. I liked the mood of it.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 7

Change the color of the text from white to a purpleish extracted from the image. I apply a Layer Style>Color Overlay to a folder with the typography elements.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 8

With the Magic Wand Tool (W) select the tree. Then mask the text and rectangle so you can make some branches going in front and behind the symbol.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 9

Here's a zoom version to see how I played with the branches and the typography.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Step 10

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use the Warming 85 at 33%.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Conclusion

Add your logo and you are good to go. The design is simple and soothing, exactly the mood I wanted to have for this particular design. So as Confucius sad "Everything has beauty, but not everyone can sees it" - maybe that's why I will probably be the only one who can see the beauty on this wallpaper.

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

Playing with type and images in Photoshop

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.