Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

In this tutorial I am going to show you some cool tricks to get some awesome custom wallpapers. First we need to find our subject, I chose Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen movie, because they were my favorite cartoon and still are the coolest toys ever.
Let’s create a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi. Using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), it’s possible to give the new file black color.

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Set the next parameters for the made layer: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Next we’ll try to draw the face of a robot transformer. In this case we’ll select the Pen Tool (P) and the Convert Point Tool for the necessary corrections. All the elements have white color. 

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Make a copy of the last made layer and select Free Transform option to turn over the copy, situating it the same way shown below:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

For the next element we’ll choose the same tools indicated above:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Make a copy of the last made layer containing the new element and select again Free Transform option to turn over the copy, placing it the way indicated below:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Now we must put together all the elements composing the robot’s head into a single rasterized layer. In this case we’ll just press Ctrl button, mark out the corresponding layers and then press Ctrl+E. The new layer will need the next demonstrated parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Next make a copy of the rasterized layer containing the transformer’s head and select again the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill each element with the color #FFD528. Change also the parameters of the copy’s layer: Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Blending Options>Satin

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Create a new layer again which must be painted with black color, selecting for this operation the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Choose for this layer the selection from here: Filter>Render>Clouds

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

… and also Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

The last layer needs the parameters from next image: Blending mode-Soft Light

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Press Alt button while making a mouse click between the layers containing the clouds’ effect and the top layer belonging the transformer’s head (on the layers’ panel).

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Create a new layer again on which we’ll apply a standard brush of black color with the Opacity of 80% for darkening out the transformer’s eyes. This layer must be situated above the background’s layer, but lower than the layers composing the head of the robot:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Next step includes downloading a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: Scratchy_grunge. Create a new layer on which we’ll just apply these brushes, choosing for them black color.

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Make a mouse click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask selection and choose the usual Brush Tool (B) of black color to move off very attentively the coming outside parts of brushes on the head’s edges:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Set the next shown parameters for the same layer: Blending mode-Overlay

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Now it’s time to introduce the text on our picture. The text’s layer needs to be placed above the background’s layer, but lower than the layers composing the transformer’s head (use this font):

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Make a copy of the layer containing the clouds’ effect and place this copy above the text’s layer:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Do the next demonstrated manipulations for the copy for it to be applied only for the text (press Alt button while making a mouse click between the layers). Set also the next shown layer’s effects: Blending mode-Vivid Light Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

Gradient’s parameters:

 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper
 Revenge of the Fallen - movie wallpaper

The final result!

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