Falling Diamonds Wallpaper
This tutorial was written by the then owner of legittutorials.com . I bought the site and tutorials from him and have moved it to designertuts.com
Step 1: Background
Before we begin making the wallpaper, we must first create our diamond logo. Open up a fresh document 350x350 pixels in size, with a white background.
Create a new layer and set your foreground color to #d8e4ef.
Step 2: Drawing the shape
Grab the pen tool, and draw a shape just like I did.
Make a selection of the shape we drew out. To do this, simply right-click inside the shape, with the pen tool, and go to "make selection". Leave feather radius at 0 and press ok.
Grab the paint bucket tool and fill the selection with that light blue i had you set your foreground color to.
Ok, now we will be using the rectangular marquee tool to trim the shape. Zoom in, and get a selection of everything to the right of the very bottom point. See the picture below for clarity.
Press delete, to trim the overhang. Now duplicate the layer. To do this simply press "ctrl+j", or go to "layer>duplicate layer". Flip the duplicate horizontally (edit>transform>flip horizontally).
Place the 2 layers together, forming the shape of a diamond. Merge the two layers together. To merge 2 layers, select the top layer (on the layers pallet), and press ctrl+e. Here's what we should have so far.
Step 3: The Boarders
Now that we got our base diamond shape done, lets had some boarders to it. Create a new layer, and set your foreground color to black. Make a selection of the diamond shape (ctrl+click on the layers pallet).
Apply 3 pixel outer stroke. To do this go to edit>stroke, and use the settings shown below.
Now it times to add some inner boarders. Create another new layer, and grab the pen tool. Draw a shape just like I did.
Make a selection of the shape we drew out, and fill the selection black.
Create another new layer and draw out a vertical shape/border this time.
Make a selection of the shape, and just like we did on the last one, and fill it black. Make a duplicate of this layer, flip it horizontal, and place it in the right spot. Heres how our diamond should look so far.
Step 4: brushing
Create a new layer and set your foreground color to white. Grab a 200 pixel white soft brush, and click once on the top right portion of the diamond. This will create a nice shine effect.
Step 5: Merging & Trimming
Delete the white background layer, and uncheck the shine layer. Merge all the remaining layers together (ctrl+shift+e).
Make a selection of the merged layer (ctrl+click), and get a selection of the inverse. To do this simply go to select>inverse. Make the shine visible again, and delete the the extra shine from the diamond. Merge the two layers. There you go, you have a diamond that you can use for anything!
Step 6: The Wallpaper
Alright, now it's time to get started on that wallpaper. Open up a new document 1280x1024 pixels in size.
Copy the diamond over to the wallpaper document, and duplicate the layer 3 times (ctrl+j x3). Resize the each one to a different size (go smaller not bigger).
Quick Tip: Quick Scaling
The quickest way to scale a layer is to use free transform. To get to this go to edit>free-transform, or press ctrl+t. Once in free transform hold shift and resize the box.
Keep making duplicates. Place each one in a random spot, with a random angle. Do this till about a quarter of the document is filled. Also make sure there are more of the smaller diamonds than bigger.
Ok, now we can take a bit of a short cut. Merge all the diamonds together and create a duplicate. Rotate, flip, shift, and transform the duplicate to make it look different.
Merge the 2 layer, and then make another duplicate. Continue to do this till the whole document is nearly filled.
Marge all the diamonds together. Create a new layer under them and fill it white.
Make a duplicate of the diamonds layer. Apply gaussian blur, by 80, to the original (filter>blur>gaussian blur).
Grab the gradient tool, and select a gradient with a bunch of vibrant colors. Apply the gradient on a new layer diagonally.
Set the layer mode to color. Create a new layer, grab a white 800px soft brush, and brush all the edges. Add some text and your done! Here's how mine turned out:Click Here To See Wallpaper