How to make a wallpaper using Gimp

Hello! This time I will show you how to make a cool wallpaper which is really fun and you can make it yourself so easily provided that you have a PC and a photo editing program. I use Gimp here. If you have a Photoshop, that’s better. Check my related post (Free Photo Editing Programs) where you can choose the right program for you to download.

By the way, the above image shown is the finished product which we will tackle here, step-by-step. If you are ready, then let’s get started…

1. Open Gimp. Go to File menu, click New.
Set the template to 1600 x 1200 pixels. Click Ok.


Zoom-out your window to about 30% so you’ll have a better view while you work.

2. Set the foreground (FG) color to anything dark, the background (BG) color to a lighter one than your FG. In this case, I set FG=236f1d, and BG=62e004.

3. In your Toolbox, grab the Blend Tool icon (that small square icon with gradient color), then make a linear gradient to your active window – from top left corner to right lower corner. The result would then look like the image below…

4. Now, in your Toolbox, select the Brush Tool (brush icon), then make a twirling line like the one shown below.

5. Go to Filters menu>Blur>select Gaussian Blur. Set the Blur Radius to Horizontal=30, Vertical=30, then click Ok. The result should be like the one below…

6. Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch… Set Whirl angle to maximum, Pinch amount to 0.500. Click Ok. See below result…


You can save this one now if you want.

7. To make the desired final result as shown here, go to Filters menu again>Distorts>Waves… Set Amplitude to about 40-70, and Wavelength to 50 (maximum). Actual result may vary slightly but that’s okay. So, that’s it!

If not yet contented and would like to make some more effects, then we proceed to the following:

Filters>Distorts>Lens Distortion…This one is fun because you can experiment by adjusting the ‘slider’ left and right, and you can see right away from the Preview screen the result. With this, you can decide for yourself when to stop if already satisfied with the result. You can save as many variants as you like. Quick hint: try to adjust the Brightness, Zoom, and X/Y coordinates. It’s cool! You can come up something like this variant…

So, how’d you like it? Please comment…

How to customize GIMP

If it seems that your default GIMP theme is already boring and you’re tired of it seeing everyday, it’s time to dress-up something new. By customizing the appearance of your program, you can really feel something refreshing to the eye and a moment of contentment. If you’re ready then just follow the simple steps below:

1. Click here to go to the download site.
2. Download Gimp themes v1.0.zip by clicking the download icon (found just below the installation instruction).
3. Unzip the file and run the installation file “Gimp theme v1.0.msi”.
*In case you don’t have the program to unzip, go here to get your copy of Winrar free full version.

4. Access the theme changer from the shortcut “Gimp themes” on your desktop and Start>Programs>Gimp then select any of the 15 themes you want to use.

That’s it!