A small Wallpaper-Guide


As I’m currently working on a new masterpiece, I thought you might be interested in a small guide for creating and designing desktop wallpapers. The guide is very basic and contains quite a few tips which shall help you to get a better look at wallpaper design. It’s kind of a checklist I’m always following when creating a new piece, so here are the facts:

  • Have a clean vision of your artwork in your mind (how it shall look like)
  • Try to sketch the interesting parts on paper before working in Photoshop (just rough)
  • Prepare materials (take photos, create 3D-renderings, illustrate lines or shapes in Illustrator)
  • In Photoshop: work in greyscale (colors will follow)
  • When importing 3D-renderings: beware the resolution and try to prevent crisp edges (you may add more sharpness later via filters)
  • Try to keep every reasonable layer in order to undo steps or remove elements later
  • Group and name your layers because there might be up to 500 layers (in complex pieces)
  • Save your file in a 10-minute interval
  • Add details and keep an eye for an aesthetic composition
  • Use as less filters as possible (standard-filters which can be easily recognized)
  • Colors: play around with colors as much as you can (colors are the most important part of an artwork so experimenting with Photoshop’s possibilities is absolutely essential)
  • Try reducing layer groups and adding blur/sharpener filters in order to get a more interesting atmosphere
  • Take a deeper look at every pixel of your artwork to find artifacts or bad composition overlays (which may result from heavy transformations)

The list is my personal tutorial for creating detailed artworks. The way things work is just the technical side — having an eye for design and details is another part. Try to work out new techniques but don’t lose your view for aesthetic imaging. It’s easy said but you will get to a higher level if you are self-critical and open-minded. Inspiration is an important part so don’t forget to look what others are doing. There will always be trends and you can always define a new trend (e.g. by using unusual techniques). Having your own style is vital and I think this is what it’s mainly about when creating an artwork.

Article postedPosted in @ 05/01/09