Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

In this tutorial I will show you how to create abstract Windows 7 wallpaper using Adobe Photoshop basic techniques. Let’s get started!

Let’s create a new file (File>New), having 1920×1200px/72ppi with white background. Then choose the Rectangle Tool (U) and represent a rectangle as shown:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set Fill to 0% and go to Layer Style by clicking on this layer on the layers’ panel:
Styles>Gradient Overlay

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Using the same tool, try to create the next layer for the background.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set Fill to 0% and select Layer Style to add Gradient Overlay

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Continue, applying the same tool (Rectangle Tool (U)) and fill our background with new gradient:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set Fill to 0% for this layer, go to Layer Style and add Gradient Overlay:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Next we’ll put together all those three layers of the background. Hold in this case CTRL button, select the layers and press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Make a copy of this layer and apply on it Filter>Render>Lighting Effects

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Blend Mode for the layer containing the lighting effects to Screen.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

… and also blur this layer using Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Create a new layer and using the next brush paint the bottom part of the layer. The brush’s color is R:5, G:80, B:210.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Add a Layer Mask to the layer by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon on the bottom part of the Layer panel. Make sure you have the Layer Mask selected by clicking on its icon and using a brush of black color with Opacity - 30%, clean out the blue color on the necessary parts of the background:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Blend Mode for this layer to Luminocity.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

On the next new layer we’ll apply the same brush of white color (Opacity 10%) to light out the bottom part of the picture:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Blend Mode for this layer to Overlay.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Next we’ll select the Pen Tool (P) to draw 7 on the middle part of our wallpaper:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set Fill to 0%. Go to Layer Style and select Drop Shadow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Add Inner Glow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Gradient Overlay

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Add the Stroke

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Next we need to insert in a new layer the Windows Flag icon. I used this icon from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this icon. The sizes may be changed, applying Free Transform option:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Go to Layer Style and add Drop Shadow for the layer containing the Windows icon:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Outer Glow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Add the Inner Glow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set the Bevel and Emboss

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Add the Gradient Overlay

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Create a new layer and use here the Line Tool (U) (weight 1 px) to represent several lines around the figure 7 and around Windows icon:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Put together the lines’ layers. Hold CTRL button, select the layers and press finally CTRL+E to Merge Down. Go to Layer Style and add the Drop Shadow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and choose a brush of black color (Opacity 20%) to erase the lines’ edges:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Create a new layer, applying here a brush of white color to represent the lines on the top part and on the bottom part of the Windows icon.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and choose a brush of black color (Opacity 20%) to erase the lines’ edges:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Create a new layer and use on it the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to represent a round marking zone the same way demonstrated below:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Click on the right mouse button inside the marked zone and select Stroke.

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Set Fill to 65%. Go to Layer Style and add Drop Shadow

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Make two copies of the last made layer and apply Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way demonstrated below:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

Click on each layer containing the circles on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and select a brush of black color (Opacity 20%) to clean out the circles the same way demonstrated below:

Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper
Abstract Windows 7 wallpaper

The final result!
View full size here.