What are some Tips and Tricks for Making Attractive Computer Wallpaper Designs?
I see a lot of awesome wallpaper designs that are just renders blended into a background with stars or a similar object shining through(like the example). There has to be some do's and don't do's to this process that make some background designs get thousands of users and others while looking similar get none.
I've always found simple and bold wallpapers to work best on a desktop. For example, I would probably not use the picture above simply because it's a little too busy. Seeing my desktop icons is a major factor for what wallpaper I choose. That doesn't mean a similar design wouldn't work. Backgrounds (behind the subject) can be faded, darkened, lightened, or blurred to not only make the main subject pop, but make surrounding icons more visible.
The only exception I've found is landscape photos, which often work very well as wallpapers. They could be said to be too busy, but usually they have more obvious transitions from sky to mountains or grass. Which allows more thoughtful placement of icons. But, anyway, that's just my personal preference. I change my desktop wallpaper constantly, and that's usually the kinds of qualities I look for.
1. Art Knowledge:
Study the basics such as color theory and perspectives. Studying these things helps determine the right form you want and create what 'makes sense.' Experiment with colors such as complementary, tertiary, and any other color combinations.
Understanding your tools help you be more familiar about what can be done. For example: if you don't know how to blend images into the background effectively, then you should search up how to. There is no right or wrong answer to this. Each artist has their own form of steps to reach their goal.
Everyone has different tastes in this matter of subject. For one person, the wallpaper may look beautiful, but to another, he/she may not be interested at all.
DO look up tutorials
DO create something that may be popular for others
DO get familiar with certain techniques shared in guides on the internet
DO promote/share your art (Without spamming)
DO search for other ideas or references
DO start your design process as a sketch first
Do NOT steal/use someone else' work without a valid 'yes' after asking for permission
Do NOT use stock images that are copyright protected/not free (Even if it's 'royalty free' - but 'royalty free' does not mean free)
Do NOT just drop the rendered images on your canvas and do nothing to enhance it! Most images do not have the proper use of lighting for it to be realistic/blended
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