Saturday, February 28, 2009

Phun with Photoshop

We've been focusing on making interesting backgrounds/wallpapers at school this week. One of my students named Marshall Mathers (wink) found a cool and simple demo that makes interesting light rays and shapes out of almost any background. Here are the steps in Photoshop:

  1. Find an image. Note: this can be really difficult as there are not many images available on the Internet.
  2. Rotate and resize to fit the target resolution of your desktop - I'm using 1024x768.
  3. Apply a Gaussian Blur Filter with a radial setting of around 70 pixels.
  4. Create a new layer, zoom out, and make a very large elliptical marquee selection.
  5. Using the paint brush, select a light color and a large soft brush and paint OUTSIDE of the selection (as if you're trying not to have the brush enter the inner part of the circle).
  6. Use transform to rotate, grow, and move to the right spot.
  7. Duplicate this layer and transform to your own tastes. Repeat until it looks good.
  8. Applying a "Color Balance" adjustment layer can also add some color complexity.
Here are some that I made out of random images. Click on the wallpapers to see the full size images.

1 comment:

mathers55 said...

How'd you figure out meh leet code name?