July 21, 2017

Design a Music Wallpaper Montage

This tutorial will show you some techniques that can help you create cool wallpapers, advertisements, or many other graphics. This tutorial will probably be quite long but I will try to be as detailed as I can be on certain aspects.

Final Result

I am going to do this tutorial in steps, showing you how to make the speaker from scratch, the eq bars, then putting it all together.

So on to the speaker. I am going to make this pretty large so it can be sized down and still keep its quality.

So start a new document with the size 550X500px and create a new layer.

Get your ellipse tool

And make a circle with an even amount on your screen similar to this

Duplicate the circle by right clicking on the layer and clicking duplicate layer. Make that circle white by either using your paint bucket tool or change its blending options to color overlay.

Resize your white circle down to where it leaves a decent amount all the way around like this:

Now add this gradient overlay to the black circle to make it look like the rubber part of the speaker. So go to your blending options:

Gradient Overlay

Click On your actual gradient

Change the colors and move them like this:

Now based off of how that looks you can resize your white circle to give you more of the look you are going for.

You should have something similar to this:

Next add these blending options to the white circle:

Inner Glow

Color Overlay

Start a new layer and create another circle with a mid gray color and size it down to where you have a little bit of black around the edges like this:

Now we are going to add some noise to it so it has a texture. So on your menu go to filter>>noise>>add noise and use these settings

Here is the result I have

Next add this gradient overlay to the layer

Now I am going to add the center of the cone.

Create a new layer above the others and make another circle in the middle using your ellipse tool whatever color you want because we are going to add blending options to it.

Here is my circle in the middle:

Now add these blending options to it

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay


Here is my result from that

Ok finally the last part of the speaker is to add the part the outer part with the screws.

So in a new layer underneath all your others create a circle around the whole speaker like this:

Now add these blending options to the layer

Outer Glow

Gradient Overlay

Now I am going to add the screws and be done with the speaker. So create a new layer and make a little light gray circle on the upper left above the last layer we just made.

Now add this bevel and emboss to it

Now duplicate that 5 more times and place them in the right, right middle, bottom left, and bottom right.

Here is my final speaker

I hope you are happy with that result, I think that looks pretty realistic what about you?

Ok just set that off to the side because now its time to make the equalizer bars like you would see on a stereo or other devices.

Start another new document with the size of 900X400px with a black background.

Make a new layer and make a small white rectangle at the top left of the canvas about 18X8px.

I am going to duplicate that 9 more times and make a line of 10 vertically and merge those together. Then I am going to duplicate that 3 more times so I have one vertical line of 40.

Now merge all those layers together then duplicate that one layer until you have 40 lines across. You can use the same technique, make about 5 or 10 then duplicate
all them together instead of one by one. Put 2 spaces in between each one.

Next add this gradient overlay to it

Before we go through and delete parts of the bars I am going to add in a face of someone screaming as part of the effect we are going to use in the rest of this tutorial.

Here is the image

Put that picture in your eq image, above the eq layer, and size it down about like this

Set the layer to color burn.

I went ahead and told you to do this because you will use this to gauge some of your bars when you cut them down to look like an equalizer.

Now you should have something like this

Now I am going to use my rectangle marquee tool and go through and delete parts of some of the bars, leaving some, and making them uneven to get the equalizer look.

On the picture of the guy screaming I want to mainly keep the eyes in view so make those bars a little higher than the others. I don’t care about keeping the nose so I am going to do whatever I want with those bars.

Here are my first few bars cut down

And here’s the result with all my bars

It is time to put it all together! Start a new document with the size of 1024X768px or whatever you would like with a black background.

Drag all your equalizer layers to your new document.

Let’s go ahead and make the equalizer and face have a reflection.

So first duplicate your equalizer layer. Before we do anything else, we want to be able to rotate the equalizer bar without the blending options otherwise the colors will be opposite of what we need. Try it if you want.

So we need to flatten the equalizer bar so that it is just an image without any blending options. The quickest way I have found to do this is to create a blank
layer below it, right click on our copied equalizer layer, and click “merge down”.

After you have that merged down, use control+t on that layer. Right click on it like we did in previous steps and click rotate 180 degrees, do it again and click “flip horizontally”.

Move that below your other image for the reflection.

To fade it so that it looks like an image I am going to add a layer mask to it and use the gradient tool. To add a layer mask click the little icon at the bottom of you layers palette that looks like a little camera.

Pick your gradient tool, linear with the colors black to white.

Drag upward on your layer to get a fade that you like. Just undo and keep trying until you get your desired result.

Do the same thing with the face.

Now merge your equalizer layers together. Now its time to add perspective to the equalizer. So choose all your layers so far and place them on the very right of your canvas.

I am going to use the perspective tool by using the keyboard shortcut ctrl+t on all layers that correspond with the equalizer, right click on it and pick perspective:

Once you click perspective grab the right bottom corner and pull it down so that it make that part of the equalizer come toward you

Once you get the perspective you want on that size, do the same thing for the left side except drag your mouse upward to make its perspective look further away.

Now drag your speaker in that we made previously and size it down to fit in the space on the left of the equalizer. If you leave some of the speaker over top of the equalizer that is OK.

Merge all your speaker layers together so it is one layer.

Now I am going to use perspective on the speaker so that is is pointing toward the direction as the equalizer. So using the perspective tool drag the bottom left handle down a bit to do so.

Next I am going to make a new layer and make a bluish glow on the right behind the eq bars and on the bottom left. I am going to use a blue to transparent gradient.

Next I wan to add some bluish abstract tentacles coming out from behind the speaker all the way around. For this I will use the pen tool.

Before that choose a 5px brush and in your brush palette under shape dynamics choose fade and 300 as your fade number.

Now using your pen tool make squiggly tentacles coming out from behind it using the color white…

Now just keep duplicating that layer, keeping some the same size, and resizing others and place them around the speaker.

Here is my result so far:

Merge all of your tentacle layers together and add these blending options

Gradient Overlay

Outer Glow

Start a new layer above your tentacles to create sparks. This time in your brush palette choose these settings:

After setting those, use your brush tool and draw lines right on top of the tentacles around the whole speaker and set the blending mode to overlay on this layer.

You should get something similar to this

I am going to add the tentacles coming out of the middle of the speaker cone by using my pen tool as well so I won’t go over this step I will just show you my result. I also added some sparks the same way I did previously except I did not add a blending mode.

I am also going to add some musical notes with my shape tool photoshop has and I am going to add some text at the bottom for more effect.

here is the finished result:

I know this was a long tutorial but I hope you learned some things you did not know and if you have any questions please ask.

John Overbee
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John Overbee is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network.