April 2009 calendar wallpaper

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Making a cool and colorful April 2009 calendar wallpaper.

Begin your work by creating a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi.

Using the Rectangle Tool (U) now, it’s possible to represent the background of the calendar we want to have in the end.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Set the next demonstrated parameters by making a mouse click on this layer on the layers’ palette. Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Find a photo of a young girl (I used this picture from SXC. I would like to thank the author of this picture):

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Cut her figure out and insert it on the picture:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Inner Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Outer Glow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Inner Glow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The zone of the waistline must be hidden with a dark spot. In this case we’ll create a new layer and use a standard Brush Tool (B) of the color #BD35C0

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Set the next demonstrated parameters for the brush’s layer: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Next we’ll represent the pattern. On a new file (File>New) of 10×10px and 72 dpi we’ll apply the Pencil Tool (B) (brush 1 px) of white color. The file’s background should be moved off.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Edit>Define Pattern
Create a new layer
under the girl’s layer where we’ll apply the Edit>Fill and choose the earlier saved texture’s pattern.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: 109-fractal_flame_pscs_4brushes_p2_by_011art, Floral_Brushes_by_solenero73
Create a new layer under the previous made one where we’ll apply the brush out of the set 109-fractal_flame_pscs_4brushes_p2_by_011art. The brush’s color is #9CD4BA

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 70%, Blending mode-Vivid Light


April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Using the Custom Shape Tool (U), try to represent several flowers under the previous layer. You may see below the flower’s shape.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make seven copies of the layer containing the flower and apply the Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way demonstrated below:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Set the next indicated parameters for the flowers’ layers: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The parameters for the second flower: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke is the same the previous flower has:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The rest of the flowers have the same parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Create a new layer under the previous made ones where we’ll apply this time the brush chosen out of the set Floral_Brushes_by_solenero73. Turn over the layer with the brush, applying the Free Transform selection. The brush’s color is #6FF2BD

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 84%, Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Outer Glow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the layer containing the brush’s layer and choose then the Free Transform option to turn over the copy:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Outer Glow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Select now the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw a circle under the brushes’ layers:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Next step includes representing a ring under the circle’s layer. Using the same tool, represent firstly the outside edges and then press Alt button while cutting out with the same instrument an opening inside the made circle. The ring’s color is #B5EEFF

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Multiply, Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Choosing again the Custom Shape Tool (U), represent the rays under the previous made layer.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the last made layer and use the Free Transform selection to turn the copy by axe, situating it the way shown on the picture:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Create a new layer under the layer containing the rays where we’ll use the brush out of the set Floral_Brushes_by_solenero73, having the color #91278E

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the last made layer and use again the Free Transform option to turn around the copy, placing it the next way:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Represent the rays, placing their layers behind the earlier made circle. The color this time is #EBFF79

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Mark out the inside element’s tops and choose the Convert Point Tool for this operation (holding the SHIFT button, press CTRL+T and then press Maintain aspect ratio to move them uniformly to the central part):

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of this layer and use the Free Transform option to turn the copy by axe:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Let’s draw a small star under the layers containing the yellow rays, applying the Custom Shape Tool (U).

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Change a little the star’s shape, choosing again the Free Transform option.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make three copies of the layer containing the star and select the Free Transform option to change the copies’ sizes and their placement.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Using the Pen Tool (P), try to make a kind of train under each layer containing the star:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Using the same tool, let’s picture the next train:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layers’ parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a right click on Copy layer style option on the previous made layer containing the train, but on the recently made layer we’ll choose the Paste layer style.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Combine in a group all the layers composing the stars and their trains (press Ctrl button to mark out the necessary layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while taking the marked layers on Create a new group option). Set the next parameter for the made group: Blending mode-Color Dodge

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Next all the layers will be placed above the girl’s layer and the pink spot on her waistline (on the layers’ palette). Create a new layer and apply on it the standard brush to draw a lot of dots. The dots’ colors should correspond to the picture’s layers, meaning that on the bottom part of the picture the dots are violet, on its middle part and the top – they have white color.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the layer containing the dots and choose the Blur Tool for the copy – layer to get a kind of illuminating effect on the dots.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Create a new layer where we’ll apply the mentioned above standard brush, but set its diameter on 200. The brush’s color is #CE68D0 and the Opacity is of 10%. Next try to represent several circles barely noticeable on the girl’s waistline’s zone.

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to make a small circle:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the layer containing the circle and choose again the Free Transform option to enlarge the copy and place it the way shown below:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Using the same tool, try to make another small circle:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters (here are indicated two colors, the rest of them are repeated):

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform option to make the copy smaller and place it the way demonstrated below:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Next we’ll draw a ring under the multicolored circles, applying the Ellipse Tool (U).

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s parameters:
Fill 0%
Blending Options>Stroke

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Make many copies of the layer with the ring and choose the Free Transform option for changing the copies’ sizes and their placement on the picture:

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Combine in a group all the layers composing the rings (press Ctrl button to mark out the necessary layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while moving the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Select the next parameters for the new group: Blending mode-Hard mix

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The final picture!

View full size here. To turn our wallpaper into April calendar take the Ellipse Tool (U) set the tool in Paths mode and represent a ellipse

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

select Horizontal Type Tool (T) and make a right click on ellipse path to add with desired font ( I used this font from dafont.com ) the week days …

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

The layer’s styles: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

Blending Options>Stroke
 

April 2009 calendar wallpaper
April 2009 calendar wallpaper

add with the same font and layers styles the month (April 2009)
 

April 2009 calendar wallpaper

View full size here