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Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

In this tutorial, it will show you how to create a nice desktop wallpaper using Adobe Photoshop CS6. You will find it very useful to create another wallpapers. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll draw a small ellipse, applying the Ellipse Tool (U).

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Stroke.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Add Inner Glow:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Apply Gradient Overlay:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we have to create a new layer and use on it the Soft Round brush to paint the layer situated behind the ellipse. This layer must be situated under the ellipse’s layer. The brush’s color is #B31B0B.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we must represent another ellipse behind the dark ellipse, using the Ellipse Tool (U) and the color #C71906. The ellipse’s layer must be placed under the layer containing the dark ellipse.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Set Fill to 50% for this layer.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make many copies of the layer containing the ellipse and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way from below.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Using the same tool, we may represent several more ellipses of bigger diameter, applying the same color and the Fill – 20%. The layer needs to be placed under the layer containing the dark ellipse.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), we may represent a ellipse again and this layer will be situated above all the previous made layers.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

In Adobe Photoshop CS6, there’s now a convenient Stroke option on your Options Bar when you have a shape active. Use drop downs to set the next Stroke options for our ellipse, Fill – (None), Stroke color – #B0999F, Stroke type – Dotted:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Create a new layer and select on it the Soft Round brush of white color (brush Opacity 20%) to paint above the made ellipses.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll represent another circle on an already made one. Select then the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn over the circle by its axe and choose the Direct Selection Tool (A) to correct the shape form like it is shown below. The color applied is #CDBFC2.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Next we’ll insert one more circle, using the same tool and the color #511D30.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make a copy of the last made layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command option to place the copy’s layer the same way demonstrated below.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Stroke.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Make ten copies of the last represented layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copies’ layers the way indicated on the next picture.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

We’ve got the next result:

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Finally insert the text on our desktop wallpaper. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. I used this font from FontSquirrel.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Click in the canvas and type ‘Ubuntu OS’. Press Enter to apply the text.

Making a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Our Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper is finished!

View full size here.

Download free Layered PSD file.

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