Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Make a cute little Linux-esque penguin wallpaper with this detailed, step-by-step tutorial.

Create a new file with 1024×768 px and 72 dpi and paint it in black color, the way it is shown below:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Select now this instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and try to outline a penguin’s arm.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers
Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take now the next instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and outline the right arm of the penguin.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Selecting the previous instrument, it’s possible to continue representing the penguin’s arm.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take the same instrument, used before

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and insert the other necessary elements on the left arm.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make use of the next tool now

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to draw the body’s silhouette of the animal.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Continue using the same instrument to represent the other parts of the body.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Inner Glow

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take the already known tool

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and create the next layer.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

The next tool

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

will be helpful in outlining the left foot of the penguin.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take now the next two instruments

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

,

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and represent the contours of the left penguin’s foot (the inside color should be black).

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Apply this instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

now to draw the inside part of the foot.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers and set the Opacity on 80%.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make use of the previous instrument to represent a flare on the upper part of the foot.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take the following instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and represent a flare on the lower part of the arm.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

For your convenience now we should merge down in a group all the layers composing the penguin’s foot.
Make a copy of this group then and apply Free Transform selection to turn around the group on 180 degrees vertically.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Now we have to put together in a group both groups of the feet.
Make a copy of the new one and use again the Free Transform selection to turn it around and compress it also vertically.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Select after the last operation a brush having blurred edges and grey color and apply it to create on the picture the effect of flatness.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Use again both instruments applied at the beginning:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to represent a flare on the penguin’s body.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Choose the instrument from here

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to draw now a element of the glasses to be. It should have the color 797979.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

The same instrument will be helpful in representing the next element of the glasses, this time situated on the right side.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make a copy now of the new represented layer and apply again the usual option, Free Transform, to turn the copy around on 180 degrees. We’ll make the changes also on its parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make use again of these both instruments:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to represent the contour of the right glass (the inside color should be black).

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Stroke

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make a copy of the new made layer and use the same Free Transform option to turn around the drawing on 180 degrees.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Take the following instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

and draw a flare on the middle of the right glass.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Apply the same instrument to draw the next flare, this time on the left glass.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make a copy of the primary layer of the right glass and use the next instrument

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to erase the unnecessary tops situated on the bottom.
The next tool

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

will be helpful in making the corrections on its shape.
Free Transform option gives the possibility to minimize and change the parameters the way it is necessary.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Make a copy of this new made layer and make use again of the Free Transform option to turn the copy around.
Apply the instrument shown here

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to correct the shapes and change the parameters.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Choose the following tool

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

to draw the penguin’s beak.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Blending Options-Gradient Overlay

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Gradient’s parameters:

Linux Operating System Desktop Background

Choose the last instrument to draw a flare on the beak. This time it should have the white color. The Opacity on the layers should be of 70%.

Linux Operating System Desktop Background
Linux Operating System Desktop Background

That is the finished picture!

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