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Making of Eze Wallpaper

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

Eze - Making of - Step 1
Let’s start with the background image. Fill the layer with solid color…

Eze - Making of - Step 2
… double click on layer to open its blending options, add gradient (overay) and a bit of inner glow (black, overlay).

Eze - Making of - Step 3
To make this background look like a wall, I took the real photo of a wall (taken by me some time ago), turned it to grayscale (Ctrl-Shift-D) and sharpened the wall texture by increasing image contrast.

Eze - Making of - Step 4
then I pasted this image to our file and set its blend mode to soft light.

Eze - Making of - Step 5

Next, we’ll need a picture in a frame. Let’s start with the frame itself. Create a new layer set, new layer inside it, and draw a dark-red rectangle.

Eze - Making of - Step 6
in menu, find select > modify > contract and contract selection by around 20 pixels.

Eze - Making of - Step 7
hit Del to remove selected image.

Eze - Making of - Step 8
Add the following layer effects:
Stroke (1pixel, outside, almost black), bevel (3-4 pixels, overlay mode), shadow (not too big). Tweak settings carefully, to make frame as realistic as possible.

Eze - Making of - Step 9
underneath this layer, create new layer, fill it with darker grey, and add black Inner glow effect.

Eze - Making of - Step 10

Now simply duplicate this layer set several times and distribute the copies here and there. For each frame, hit Ctrl-T (transform) and rotate but very slightly (not more than 1 degree).

Eze - Making of - Step 11
Our frames are empty – we need pictures inside them. My idea is to have one photo sliced into pieces. But before that, I need a single layer which would be “container” for this photo. Select all frames (to do so, click layers one by one holding Ctrl-Shift).

Eze - Making of - Step 12
go to menu Select – Modify – Contract, and contract by around 40 pixels.

Eze - Making of - Step 13
Create new layer and fill with solid color (doesn’t matter which).

Eze - Making of - Step 14
Paste the photo that you’d like to put inside the frames…

Eze - Making of - Step 15

…and then simply hit Ctrl-G to group this layer with previous. Voila!

Eze wallpaper ( see wallpaper ).

Author: Vlad Gerasimov