Create A Sports Wallpaper

In this tutorial I will show you how to make your very own sports team wallpaper. Be forewarned I will be using the Chicago White Sox for this tutorial, so any Detroit Tigers fan or Minnesota Twins fans take heed. Here is what the final product will look like, after we are finished:


Step 1 – First you will need to decide, what color you will want for the background of your wallpaper. For the White Sox, black will be a good choice, because white can be blinding and un-appealing. Next you will want to decide what size you want your image to be. This all depends on the resolution of your secreen. For the monitor I’m using, my image will be 1024×768

Step 2 – Next you will want to set an inner glow surrounding the border of the wallpaper.


Here is what you’ll want all of the settings of the inner glow to be..

step 2-1

Step 3 – In the next step, you’ll want to find a large sized picture to be the background for your image. Here I’ve selected a large photo of US Cellular Field.


Select the background image layer. We’re going to add some effects to it. First change the opacity of the background layer to 28%.


Next, we’re going to add a color overlay to the background image.


Here is what you’ll want all the color overlay settings to be.


Press Alt+T to open the filters menu at the top of the page, and select Sharpen More.


Now select the Eraser Tool (E),

Now tweak your eraser settings to match these. It’s hard to see in the image, but you’ll want a blur brush. The blur brush is generally down at the bottom of the menu, depending on what brushes you’ve added to your palette:

Now take your eraser and smooth out the edges of the background image. Be sure not to go too deep into the image, as you want this to take up alot of the screen. Also be sure to try and stay even, not leaving unbalanced edges. If all goes to plan, your image should look like this so far (not as blurry though).


Step 4 – Next we will be adding a sports start to the bottom right corner. For this tutorial, Jim Thome will be that super star. Load the image of your superstar. Then grab your Polygon Lasso Tool (L), , and trace around the outline of his/her figure. You can also use the Magic Wand Tool (W), I just find the Lasso Tool to be more precise.


Now that you have your superstar outlined, select the Move Tool (V) Move Tool, and drag him/her over to your wallpaper image. Position him/her in the bottom right hand corner; have the feet touching about where the black and background image meet.

Now select the Satin in the Blending Options.


Make sure the settings are as follows:


You superstar should now look like this:


Step 5 – Next we need to add the team logo to the wallpaper. First load an image of the logo.

white sox

Then select the, Magic Wand Tool (W), step5. I know I said earlier to use the Polygon Lasso Tool, but for more simple images like the Sox logo, it’s ok to use the Magic Wand. Now, the easiest way to select this logo, is to use your Magic Wand Tool and select the white outside part of the image. Then press, Shift+Ctrl+I, this will select the inverse, which will be your logo. Then once again, select your Move Tool (V), and drag it to your wallpaper image. Then like you did with the sports star, re-size it, by pressing Ctrl+T. Make sure you set it in the bottom left hand corner.

Step 6 – This next step is completely optional. But it will add a cool effect to your image. Press Shft+Ctrl+N, to create a new layer. Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool again. This time we we will be drawing our own shape with it, instead of outlining. You’ll want to draw an isoceles triangle (had to look that one up), with two of the sides being equal. The “top” of the triangle should start at the top of the screen. With the base of the triangle, resting around the top of the logo. It should look something like this:


Next you’ll want to add a Gradient Overlay, which like Satin, can be found in the Blending Options Menu. Your Gradient Overlay setting should look like this:


Now set the Opacity of the layer to 26%


Next we will be going to the Filter Menu (Alt+T) again. Select Motion Blur, under the Blur sub-menu.

Use these settings for your motion blur.

Now drag your layer down to the create a new layer button in the Layers palette. This should create a copy of the layer, giving the effect more of a glow. Once you’ve gone through these steps, your effect should look something like this.


After you’re finished with this step, your final product should look something like this (just not as blurry):


The steps after this are up to you. These steps are the big ones for creating an effective sports background. A couple of more ideas you could try would be to add a calendar to keep up with game dates and times. You could also add some text for your team name. From here it’s up to your imagination.

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