Photoshop:: Create Leopard's Aurora wallpaper...

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goobimama

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Okay. I’m going to attempt the impossible. Well, it seemed impossible at least. Gonna try and recreate the Mac OS X Leopard wallpaper. Please don't laugh at me.

Step 1: Make a very large document. If you want 1650*1050, then make it 1900*1400 and so on. Fill with #090608

Step 2: Create a new layer (Command+Shift+N). Name it “cloud 1”. Now take your Lasso tool and drag out a sort of shape. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Then go to Select > Modify > Feather and give it a 10 point feather.
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Step 3: With the shape still selected, go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds. Deselect it (Command+D).
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Step 4: Now go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. Notice the thumbnail at the bottom right. Make the zoom such that the crosshair is towards the center of the document. Hit OK. If the effect is not too much, then hit Command+F to run the filter again.
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Step 5: Do step 2 through 4 a couple of times till you have a fan thing. (refer to the Leopard wally for guidance). Use the transform tool to increase size, rotate and get it right.

Step 6: Select the first ‘cloud 1’ layer and hit Command + U. Check the “Colorize” box. Hue: 302 | Saturation: 44 | Lightness: 16. Do the same for the other cloud layers as well, only vary those hue saturation numbers a bit here and there.
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Step 7: Create another one of those “cloud layers”, but make it wide. Very wide. Notice the Leopard Wally has a blue tinge at the bottom left to top left. Get the cloud such, and give it a blue hue instead of the purple. Position that blue layer under the respective purple layer(s).

Step 8: Try different blend modes for the other cloud layers. Stuff like hard light, vivid light creates some nice blends.
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STARS
Step 9: Select the brush tool (B). Select a round brush in the brush toolbar. Then open up the brushes palette (Window > Brushes).
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Basically scatter those brush dots.

Step 10: Create separate layers for star sets for small dots, medium dots, and a few large ones. Give the layer a pink/purple outer glow (layers > layer options > outer glow). Also create another star set with mixed stars and give it a blue outer glow.

Step 11: Experiment with blurring out stars (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur), layer opacity and such to get depth for the stars

Step 12: Now also create a layer above all others. Make it’s blend mode into “Color”. Select a nice big soft brush (400px or so) and reduce the opacity of the brush to 10-15%. Now lightly brush over random areas with a deep blue colour.

I’m guessing given the time and patience, a close resemblance to the Leopard’s Aurora wallpaper can be achievable. Mine’s far from it, but I’m going to work on it some more and see where I end up…

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Pravas

In the zone
Dekh Gobi Bhai..i knew there is something inside you when you bought that Wacom;s Pen Tablet... Just dont let this spirit down Buddy.;) And yeah Superb Work
 

drgrudge

Another Brick in the Wall
It's cool man! Time for us to have fun and time for Goobi to show off!

Thanks for the tut.
 

Who

Guess Who's Back
WoW , Goobi is an Photoshop expert , bhai are you going to the best Photoshop fake photo in the future ?? , if you do congrates in advance.You got real skills man.
 

hellknight

BSD init pwns System V
It really rocks goobimama, dude that was really great! Thanks for that post. Now if you could do that same thing on GIMP (i mean teach us) that would be even more cooler. You know we all hate piracy :D:D:D:D
 

infra_red_dude

Wire muncher!
Great tut, goobi :) You are back on track!!!!!

It really rocks goobimama, dude that was really great! Thanks for that post. Now if you could do that same thing on GIMP (i mean teach us) that would be even more cooler. You know we all hate piracy :D:D:D:D
Install gimpshop package and most of what you see if exactly same in gimp :)
 
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