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EOS Airline

Tips about how I made the Eos wallpaper ( see wallpaper ).

As always, create new document 🙂 Fill it with solid color of your preference (dark blue for example).
Eos - making of - Step 1

With Pen tool (P), create a new shape that looks similar to shown here: wave on bottom, and outside image borders on right, left and top. Double-click layer icon to set its color – dark red, for example.

Eos - making of - Step 2

Apply the following layer effects (Layer menu – Layer style – Blending options):

1) Drop shadow: blend mode=overlay, opacity=25%, distance=1, size=1;

2) Inner shadow: color=white, blend mode=overlay, opacity=40%, distance=0, size=5 (this way it is kinda another inner glow)

3) Inner glow: color=white, blend mode=soft light, size=75px, opacity=50%

4) Outer glow: color=black, blend mode=overlay, opacity=10%, size=20px

5) Gradient overlay: blend mode=overlay,opacity=10%, style=reflected, angle=0, reverse checked.

Eos - making of - Step 3

In new layer, use white color and Pen tool to draw the shape similar to bottom edge of previous shape.
Eos - making of - Step 4

Group its layer with previous layer (Ctrl-Shift-G), and set its blend mode to Soft Light.
Eos - making of - Step 5

Create new document with 6×6 pixels size. With 1px black pencil tool, draw a line on bottom of image.
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Go to Edit – Define Pattern, click OK
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Close this document without saving (will not need it anymore), then create new document, square and about 3 times bigger than your original artwork – so if you made it 1024×768, make new document 3000×3000 pixels. Go to Edit menu – Fill, set Use to Pattern, then in Custom Pattern list find the pattern you just created.
Eos - making of - Step 8

Now entire document is filled with lines.
Eos - making of - Step 9

Go to Filter menu – Distort – Twirl. Set Angle to about 100-150, apply. Now we have nice curved lines, shown here at 25% zoom. select part of this image, somewhere near center, copy to clipboard (Ctrl-C).
Eos - making of - Step 10

Then return to original image and paste (Ctrl-V). Group this new layer with shape layer (Layer menu – Create clipping mask), so that curved lines are limited with red wave. Set lines layer blend mode to Soft light.

Eos - making of - Step 11

Switch to Eraser tool (E), set mode to Brush, select large soft brush, and erase lines near edge of red wave.
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Create new layer, group it with previous layers (Layer menu – Create clipping mask), then use very large black and white soft brush (B) to put dots here and there. Apply some Gaussian Blur (Filter menu – Blur – Gaussian Blur) if necessary.
Eos - making of - Step 13

Set this layer blend mode to Soft light.
Eos - making of - Step 14

Now, create new shape with different color (underneath red wave layer) and simply repeat all steps above!
Eos - making of - Step 15

Then again, again again again and again!
Eos - making of - Step 16

Now, save copy of document (always good idea), then merge all layers (Ctrl-Shift-E, or Layer menu – Merge visible), then sqitch to Quick mask mode (Q), select Gradient tool (G or Shift-G), set mode to Reflected, and make the gradient by clicking mouse in the center and dragging to lower-left edge.
Eos - making of - Step 17

Turn off Quick mask mode – you should get nice selection similar to this.
Eos - making of - Step 18

Go to Filter menu – Blur – Lens blur. Play with Radius setting, until you like the effect.
Eos - making of - Step 19

That’s all, the artwork is ready!
Eos - making of - Step 20

Eos wallpaper ( see wallpaper ).

Author: Vlad Gerasimov