Well, this goes out for .:spy_game:., Lavina and any other fellow igtian who has an idle photoshop on his/her pc .. this would be my first tutorial and if i get a good response i might do others ..
this time we'll do a basic (but pretty) lined background that is useful for funky retro wallpapers, adverts, banners, or you can use it on its own as a wallpaper .. as we go along this tutorial i will give out some tips and show you some whacky tricks
right .. let's get started ..
1. boot up the photoshop (i am using version 7) and File>New> file with white background and any size .. i am using 640x480 for the tut, but if you are making a wallpaper, go for higher resolution.
2. make sure the Layers palette is visible, now hit the 'Create new layer..' button (thats the fifth one from the left at the bottom of layer palette) .. to make layer palette visible Window>Layers (click)
3. you can use different colours .. even in contrast but i am using 348ABB and 96CBED.
4. select the new layer in the Layers palette and with the gradient tool and fill the entire white space .. keep the dark and light colour ratio 50-50 .. keeping the dark colour at the bottom and lighter on top (image 1)
Tip: hold shift while draggin the gradient tool this will ensure you get a straight gradient action line
Tip: if it goes wrong do CTRL+Z to undo .. if you want to undo more than one steps .. do CTRL+ALT+Z (as many times as required)
5. now go to Filter>Distort>Wave ..
6. fill in the parameter as follows .. (image 2)
Type: 'square' (important)
number of generators =10
wavelength min=1 maximum=113
amplitude min=1 max=35
scale horz=100% vert=100%
repeat at edge pixels
Note: you can play around with the number of gen. figure and wavelength to get diff. effects ..
7. Hit OK .. and you have a very pretty background (image 3)
8. at the momnent its a little hazy at top and bottom .. if this suites you then fine .. but if you want distinct lines running from top to bottom .. make a selection a few pixels high right in the middle of the image, copy, new file, paste and then scale it to fill the entire blank file (image 4)
say thanks ... and let me know if there is anything in particular that you guys want to learn .. i am free these days and would gladly help