2014 New Year Poster

With new year just around the corner, it is but timely to greet our friends and loved ones a cool poster or wallpaper via your favorite social media websites. Or, you can make a print out of it, kinda like a greeting card, and put your most lovely note into it. Ain’t that nice eh?

This tutorial shows you how to make such one, in a simple, easy-to-follow instructions below.



Step 1: Background Setting

Create a new document, about 1280×800 pixels (can be bigger for wallpaper, smaller for cards) and fill it with any solid color of your choice. This is because we are applying a chromatic color scheme here (meaning, the same color family which varies only by their lightness and darkness (e.g., hues). Just be sure that the color is bright and lively as we are about to make a new year greeting. The one i use here is almost like a burnt umber (be7032).


Step 2: Creating the rectangular shapes

There are 2 types of rectangular shapes that we will make – vertical and horizontal, with different width (of
which the former is thinner).

First off, create a new layer above the background layer. Pick the Rectangular Tool and draw your first rectangle. We will do the vertical first. Fill this with your background color. You’ll notice that as if there’s nothing changed, as a result. Don’t worry, the next step will make it visible.

Applying the layer styles.

Still on the same layer, click the fx icon below your layers palette then select Blending Options. Check Drop Shadow then input the following settings:


With the first one done, create 2 more rectangles by duplicating twice the first rectangle layer. When done, position them evenly parallel with each other using the Move Tool (refer image below).


Yay, we’re done with the vertical rectangles! What we’ll do next with these is to group it altogether and merge them. To do this, create a new layer group (name it ‘Vertical’) and drag each of the shape layer under it then Merge Group. This is how your layers palette should look by now:


For the horizontal rectangles, do the same process as with the vertical. Create a new layer under the vertical layer, draw a fatter horizontal rectangle this time, then fill it the same color as the vertical rectangles. After this, apply the layer styles, duplicate the layer twice, and you’ve completed the 3 horizontal shapes! Group them together and then Merge Group.



Step 3: Making the numbers

The numbers ca be a little bit lighter or darker, it’s all up to you. Mine is #ca8232, a little bit lighter than the first we used. Having decided for yourself what color to use, we’ll proceed in making the numeric characters.

First, create a new layer above all the other layers, then type your first number. I used the font Gill Sans MT Condensed here, size 100 pt. See below the values used for the Drop Shadow in the Blending Options (2nd figure).



Now that we’re finished with the first number, right-click that layer (‘2’ layer), then select Copy Layer Style. Click the other number layers (0, 1, 4) then apply the layer style by right-clicking the layer and selecting Paste Layer Style. Do this each of the layer.

This is how it should look by now:


You can opt for the above image now or, if not yet satisfied, you can add more layer styles like the one below which is added with Bevel and Emboss in its default values.



Step 4: The finishing touches

To complete our work, select a color again, a lighter or darker one than the previous ones. I chose lighter hue here (#eeac32).


Type ‘Happy New Year’ using a Vivaldi font, size 18. Apply Drop Shadow, Opacity to 100, check Anti-alias, Ok. Position the text using the Free transform Tool on the right side vertically. Done!


Silk-look wallpaper in Gimp

This is my third wallpaper tutorial, my second in Gimp. Like the first, this is quite easy and very much suitable for beginners. Unlike the first though, another tool feature of Gimp will be introduce here – the Sinusoidal Pattern from the Filters menu, which is equally incredible and interesting as the first feature that was applied in my first wallpaper tutorial.

We have only a few steps to follow to get the Silk-Look Wallpaper result that we will tackle here, as shown below…

1. Open Gimp, go to File menu, then click New. Make the appropriate settings in the dialog box that appears, or just click Ok for the default value.

2. Go to Filters>Render>Pattern>Sinus… A dialog box will appear for the Settings, Colors, and Blend.

There are 2 main components under Settings, namely : Drawing Settings and Calculation Settings.

For the Drawing Settings, set the value of X=32, Y=33, and Complexity=3; on the other hand, set Random Seed=42 and select Distorted under Calculation Settings. Click the Ok button when finished with the settings.

Note: Click Randomize to preview varying image styles and effects to choose from.

For the Color Settings, choose any 2 color of which one is darker, the other lighter. In this case, i use blue. Just leave the Alpha Channels to its default value. Click Ok when done.

For the Blend Settings, select Sinusoidal. Leave the Exponent as is to its default value, then click Ok.

3. Ok, now that we have the image we sought, we are ready to make it colorful and attractive.

Go to Colors menu, then click Colorize… Adjust the sliders for the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness on the dialog box that appears.

The settings used here are as follows: Hue=the position of the slider is about 3/4 to the right, Saturation=maximum, Lightness=0 (default). Click Ok when done.

And the result is something like the image below.

4. Finally, go to File menu, click Save (or Save As) and you’re done!