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Frog Wallpaper Effects

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

Frog - making of - Step 14
Frog - making of - Step 1
Start with new document, fill background with solid green color.

Frog - making of - Step 2
Apply the following layer effect – Gradient overlay, 150%, white-to-black, radial, blend mode = color burn, effect opacity = about 25-30%

Frog - making of - Step 3
Set foreground color to very dark green (almost black but not entirely), select Pen tool, and start drawing very thin curve…

Frog - making of - Step 4
…looking like this.

Frog - making of - Step 5
Resize the curve (Ctrl-T) so that it take a bit more than half of image.

Frog - making of - Step 6
Duplicate this vector many times similar to shown here. There are several ways to do so. One way is to select path with Path Selection Tool (A) and hit Down arrow while holding Shift and Alt keys.

Frog - making of - Step 7
When ready, duplicate this set of shapes and flip them horizontally.

Frog - making of - Step 8
Set the following layer effects for these shapes:
blend mode = screen, bladk drop shadow with blend mode = overlay and size = 2-3px.

Frog - making of - Step 9
In new layer, select Pen tool and create a shape with silhouette of a frog. When ready, duplicate the layer (you will need 2 copies of silhouette). Hide one of duplicates.

Frog - making of - Step 10
Create layer mask (Layer menu – Layer mask – Hide all). Then, with large soft white brush, draw inside the mask to only reveal parts of frog silhouette touching the leaf.

Frog - making of - Step 11
Then, hide this layer, select duplicated silhouette, rasterize it…

Frog - making of - Step 12
Apply Gaussian Blur (with large radius, 10-30 px), and set layer opacity to 80%.

Frog - making of - Step 13
Voila! Here is how all our layers look together.

Frog - making of - Step 14
last touch is: create new layer between frog silhouettes and leaf
background, set layer blend mode to overlay, select very large white
brush (300px or more) and put very big dot – it will be our light
source. That’s all!

Frog wallpaper (see wallpaper).

Author: Vlad Gerasimov