How to DIY your own carbon fiber wallpaper?
March 11, 2007 26 Comments
What you need to have: Adobe Photoshop
PS: ⌘ key for Mac users / CTRL key for Windows users
Prepare the texture pattern
1. In Photoshop, create a new document by pressing ⌘N / CTRL-N. Set the size at 20×20 pixel.
2. Zoom in (z) few step so that you can work on it easily. Choose Rectangular Marquee from the toolbar (m).
3. Make the selection of 5×10 pixel
4. Set foreground and background colour as different tone of gray:
5. Select Gradient Tool (g), then choose ‘Foreground to Background’
6. Fill the selection with the colours chosen by dragging across the selection area.
7. Make another selection of 10×5 pixel, fill with the gradient of:
8. Select all (⌘A / CTRL-A), copy selection (⌘C / CTRL-C), paste selection (⌘V / CTRL-V), then use Move Tool (v) to arrange the new layer into position:
9. Paste the selection into new layer again and arrange until it looks like this:
10. Combine all the layers: Menu > Layer > Flatten Image
11. Define a new pattern: Menu > Edit > Define Pattern…
Making the actual wallpaper
12. Create a new document by pressing ⌘N / CTRL-N. Set the size of your screen resolution. Eg: 1600×1200
13. Fill with the texture pattern: Menu > Edit > Fill… ; Use ‘Pattern’ and choose the last pattern that you just created from the Content section.
14. Apply effect: Menu > Filter > Render > Lighting Effects…
15. Adjust levels (⌘L / CTRL-L): Menu > Image > Adjustments > Levels…
16. To preserve the detail quality of the wallpaper, save it as PNG or BMP.