February Wallpaper

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. When I think of February - love, heart, images of happiness come to my mind. This happiness is the one that I wanted to express in the Wallpaper.

For the beginning create a new file (File>New) of 1920×1200 px and 72 dpi. Next select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the made file with the color #9E0040

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Next select the Custom Shape Tool (U) and choose out of the table a butterfly pattern.

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Create a new file of 38×40 px and 72 dpi. Then situate the butterflies the same way as on the picture below. The Line Tool (U) will be helpful in drawing several lines of the color #B20049. We should get the same result from below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Save it as a pattern. Edit>Define Pattern
Create a new file and find there Edit>Fill selection, choosing the same pattern as below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

We’ll get a kind of seamless texture with our ornament:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Using the Pen Tool (P), create the same heart as the next picture indicates it:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

We should represent the gradient for this heart by selecting the Blending Options - Gradient Overlay and setting the next parameters:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Blending Options - Stroke:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

You must get the next result from below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Next we’ll represent a half heart element:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

…giving it the next parameters of Blending Options - Gradient Overlay:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Gradient Editor:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

We’ve got a nice heart, like the one represented below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Make a copy of the very first heart, changing its color on #B1003A and make the copy smaller with the Free Transform selection (Ctrl+T). Select then the Ellipse Tool (U) to cut out a circle, pressing simultaneously Alt button. You may see on the next picture the yellow zone, indicating the result you should get after cutting operation.

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Create a pattern as we did at the very beginning, but use this time the small hearts instead of butterflies. Then erase everything except heart’s zone, using for this operation the Eraser Tool (E).

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Choose the next parameters for the last made layer:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper
February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper
February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Now we need to make copies of the hearts with all the layers and place them near the main one, changing the color’s parameters on the layers. The Gradient Editor of the main heart:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

The gradient’s parameters for the heart’s outlining:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

The gradient’s parameters of the half heart’s color:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

The color’s code of the lowest triangle is #D58A08
Gradient’s parameters for the pattern:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

This is the result we should get:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Make copies of the hearts, placing them as below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Pass on the representing the foliage, decorating the hearts’ composition:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Create the leaf with the Pen Tool (P).

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Set the next demonstrated Blending Options - Gradient Overlay:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Gradient:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Using the same Pen Tool (P), try to draw a line, having the color #A80038

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Make arbitrary copies of the foliage, placing the copies the way demonstrated below:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

You shouldn’t fill all the empty corners, at least for a while:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Using Horizontal Type Tool (T) add Happy Valentine’s Day text with Mrs Blackfort font, setting the next shown parameters:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper
February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

The final result!

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