Creating Your Own Custom Gaming Wallpaper

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This week I decided to deviate from the holiday themed tutorials and create a gaming wallpaper tutorial. I recently rediscovered my love of all things mario. So This week I am going to show you how to create your own Super Paper Mario Wallpaper. It’s an older game, yes, but I like it. So, Here we go.

To begin open a document the resolution of your Screen. Mine is 1680×1050 but any size will work. Next, make a new layer. Then select your Rectangular marquee tool and make a square selection 100×100 pixels. Fill the selection with black. Now we are going to add some blending Options. First add a Bevel and Emboss. Set the size to 2 pixels and the technique to Chisel Soft. Then add a Gradient Overlay starting with color #b0b0b0 and ending in color #FFFFFF. Lastly duplicate this layer and space them out like the white spaces on a chess board.

Now Follow the last steps this time creating the alternate boxes. This time set your gradient overlay color to #1c5a85 as the starting color and #3093c7 as the ending color.

Next we are going to build a 3d foreground floor. Again grab your Rectangular marquee tool and make a square selection 400×70 pixels at the bottom of the wallpaper. Again alternate the tiles like before and use the same color scheme.

Now make a selection 1680×70 at the bottom, make a new layer and fill it with black. Set the layer fill to 0% and add a gradient Overlay starting with color #666666 and ending in color #3c3c3c. Set the gradient blend mode to Hard light and hit OK.

Next make a new layer. Then make a 1680×280, make the bottom of the slection touch the top of the floor we just finished. Fill the selection with white.

Now using your best 3d sense make alternating blue tiles like before only this time try and make them look like the ones below. Use the same blending options like before but add a 2 pixel centered stroke as well in color #6c6c6c.

Now Make a new layer and CTRL+Click the White floor piece that is 1680×280 to make a new selection. Fill the selection with black and set the layer fill to 0%. Next add a Soft Light Gradient Overlay starting with color #FFFFFF and ending in #b0b0b0.

Now that we have finished our floor and background we can start adding our Assests which can be downloaded here as a ZIP file.

Now cut the characters out of Asset06. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Now cut the characters out of Asset09. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Now cut the characters out of Asset08. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Now cut the characters out of Asset04. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit. Then add a second on the opposite side slightly lower then the first. Finallt go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Now cut the characters out of Asset03. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Now cut the characters out of Asset05. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit. Add as many as you like just make sure they do not overlap.

Now cut the characters out of Asset02. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit. Add as many as you like just make sure they do not overlap.

Now cut the characters out of Asset01. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Now cut the characters out of Asset07. Then add it to our document. Scale the the characters to fit.

Make a new layer under all the asset layers. Then make a selection of all the characters standing on the floor. Fill the selections with black. Then go to Edit > Transform > Perspective and Push the top section together. Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set the blur to 5.0 and hit OK. Lastly set this layer to 30% and your are finished.

How did your’s turn out? Send me a link to your version and I will post it here!! Happy Photoshopping.

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