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Quickie: Valentines Wallpaper

February 12th, 2009 in Photoshop Tutorials by Richard Carpenter

Quickie: Valentines Wallpaper

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Good evening welcome to another tutorial by hv-designs, this is just a quick tutorial for you all to try for valentines day.

Create a wallpaper for your loved one and secretly set it as there desktop background. ;) You can download the PSD for this tutorial by using the button above the PSD is free to download. Right lets get started, create a new document the size you want your wallpaper to be im using 800×600 pixels just for the purpose of this tutorial. Double click your bacground layer to unlock it. Apply the gradient overlay using the settings below.

Set the color #ff5ba6 as your forground then select the custom shapes tool. Search among the shapes and find “registration target 2″ (see image below) if you dont see as many shapes as me then click the little black arrow in the top right hand corner and goto “all”.

Drag the shape out as big as you can, when you get to the point your mouse wont go no further just stop and press “CTRL + T” then resize again. Right click with the pen tool and goto fill path. You should have something like this.

Add a layer mask to your shapes layer, select the gradient tool with a radial gradient. Set your forground color to white and background color to black. Drag from the middle of your shape outwards. The effect your looking is this.

With the custom shapes tool select the heart shape, drag it out in the middle of your canvas.

Add these layer styles to your heart shape.

You should have something like this.

Duplicate your big heart, resize and rotate slighly and move nicley infront of the big heart.

Add your little cupid symbols to your canvas, there is a cupid.PNG file in the PSD download that you are free to use. Place the symbols either side of the hearts, one at the top and one at the bottom. Set there layer opacity to 35%.

Add your valentines text using a nice romantic font (also included in the PSD download).

The layer styles for the text are as follows.

Select the paint brush tool and select the crosshatch brush if you dont see the crosshatch brush click the little black arrow and goto “assorted brushes”.

Toggle the brush pallette and use these settings.

Now with your brush randomly brush your sparkles over your canvas. Your final image should look something like this.

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About The Author

About The Author: Richard Carpenter

Hi im Richard Carpenter and im a freelance web and graphics designer from England. I am also a regular Blogger, Tutorial Writer, and owner of Photoshop Plus. You can follow me on twitter HERE. You may also view my portfolio HERE.


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31 Responses to “Quickie: Valentines Wallpaper”

  1. Jaswinder says:

    simple but pretty cool outcome

  2. Elliot says:

    Awesome tut great job!

  3. shan says:

    Beautiful, looks very nice and is not too difficult to make. THANKS MUCH.

  4. Ali says:

    cool design , appreciate your efforts in creating this . have a nice valentines day ahead

  5. Mr.GoodCat says:


  6. Poison3k says:

    nice, similar start to the audio wallpaper tut a while ago, very nice adaption.

    please make more wallpaper tuts :D

  7. Predator7 says:

    superb, great job

  8. Retro says:

    Thanks for this tutorial it was done very nice & thanks for sharing the .psd file :)

  9. Fantastic tutorial. Great design…

  10. loucifer87 says:

    I never thought of making something like that.. haha..
    Simple and Amazing :p

  11. shan says:

    uh… maybe a stupid question but…here go.
    when the shape is selected by clicking with the pentool (and I see all the crawling ants… you know). but then I CANNOT fill path. GRAYED OUT.
    Can you help… please?

  12. shan says:

    oh… my bad… (so green at PS). I had to make a layer on top of that and then flll… sorr…

  13. Azhar says:

    Thank you for

  14. Enk. says:

    Wow Nice Tut.. and Awesome Gravatars too ! :D

  15. Brochures says:

    I know Valentines is over but the technique used here can be applied to other shapes too for the really cool effect. Thanks for showing us how this can be done. Keep up the good work!

  16. foufou mdj says:

    WOW, awesome & very cool
    thank u soo much for the gr8 job :)

  17. Ramji says:

    Nice tutorial

  18. Novice says:

    Nice tutorial. I’m till using Photoshop CS. How do I download CS3 shapes and icons.

  19. hey dude says:

    where can i find the PSD download ? i just want the heart :)

  20. Ram says:


    I cannot find the link to download the psd. Just need the font

  21. Hammad says:

    what is the font name which use in this tutorial please tell me????

  22. Krisis32 says:

    I am using almoust the same font: Script MT Bold
    Great tutorial! Love it

  23. Srini says:

    Nice tutorial :)

  24. Sean says:

    Can somebody tell me the Font? i cannot find the PSD download link.

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