A couple of months ago we shipped the new version of Abduzeedo to our readers - a new post detailing the impetus and features of the new site is forthcoming. In a nutshell, our main goal was to simplify and reduce as much as we could.
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.
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.
With the Rectangle Tool, create a rectangle with a 10pt stroke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a zoom version to see how I played with the branches and the typography.
Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use the Warming 85 at 33%.
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.