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Missing Piece - making of

This tutorial is about Missing Piece wallpaper. The most important thing you need for good wallpaper is the idea ;-) So  I came up with pencil sketch, which I then scanned and opened in Photoshop.

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Create new document, fill it with background color of your desire (I chose greyish blue), and apply the following filters:
- Noise (Filters menu - Noise - Add noise)
- Sponge (Filters menu - Artistic - Sponge)
- Textutizer (Filters - Texture - Texturizer)

Important! After applying each effect, immediately hit Ctrl-Shift-F (Fade) and fade each filter down to 10-20%.

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I overlayed my scanned image for reference...

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Set foreground color to orange, switch to Pen tool (P) and create a shape of puzzle piece, using pencil sketch as reference.

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Here is the completed shape - I decided it does not need to  be very symmetric!

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Open Layer menu - Layer Style - Blending Options (or simply double-click on layer) and apply the following layer effects:

- Outer glow: black, size 3px, mode=overlay
- Bevel and emboss: size 2px, highlight mode=overlay, shadow mode=overlay
- Pattern overlay: choose any pattern that fits :-) blend mode=overlay, opacity=10-15%

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Duplicate this layer, change orange color to much darker (brown), then move this new layer down (so that it  is behind original orange layer) and then move shape a little up and right. This will give additional depth to the puzzle piece.

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Well, one piece is ready! Repeat these steps and create another one...

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Then again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again and again :-)

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Use hard black brush (B) to draw hands, legs and eyes.

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In new layer (behind brush layer), draw white eyes content with white brush. Apply some Drop shadow to  it (blend mode=soft light).

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Repeat for all pieces!

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Shadows are very important in this wallpapers - they give convincing 3D look, without need of any 3D software. Switch to black soft brush, set brush opacity to 30-40%, and sketch the shadow.

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Set shadow layer blend mode to soft light (so that the shadow is not so strong).

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Create new layer, switch to very large (100-150px) black brush, and add some more strokes to the shadow.

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Again, set this layer blend mode to Soft light.

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And finally, in another new layer, use small soft brush for some more small shadow - right below the legs. Again, set layer blend mode to Soft light.

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Repeat and create shadows for all pieces.

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The final touch is  to apply some blur to upper part of wallpaper - it will create illusion of macro photo shoot. First, we need gradient selection" - that is

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Turn off Quick Mask (hit Q again). This is approximately what selection should look like.

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Apply Blur (Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, or Filter - Blur - Lens Blur) to selected image (you will need to merge your layers, so that entire wallpaper is  in one layer). Experiment with blur size - 20-30px should be OK. That's all!

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Comments {81}

Nikola long ago
wow...amazing....thank U so much 4 this one....

derya long ago
ı come up with many ideas but can not apply them to computer:(

Ehsan long ago
Thanks for your tutorials

blacops long ago
absuf..nglutely great work

Stephane HANQUET long ago
Great work !

Oaki long ago
cool!!

Lenn long ago
never comes 2 ma mind

AeroEmperor long ago
X-Treme Creativity with awesome simple sketch ideas.

ekrai munsyi long ago
nuhun pisan vladstudio!

Lucie long ago
GREAT MASTER!

ulwan long ago
ur are the king!

pieces long ago
this is just straight out impressive.

Jase long ago
Thank you!

Kareem Khazem long ago
Must have taken ages... I like the idea of blurring the background to make it look like a macro photo, I'd never thought of doing that!

Alok Punjani long ago
interesting. I like the free flowing thought process that gets you to do the designs... carry on.. cheers

Ratsnrop long ago
Speechless.. Thanks the Lord for a beautiful person that you are..

gigie long ago
waw! y'our Great!

Vineet K. Narotra long ago
Too, Too, Too Good...Thanks Buddy...

Paramour long ago
Vlad you are really creative man

prakash long ago
Great work!!!!

Steve long ago
Hi, i just discovered you background images and they all look amazing to me. Thank you for your work!

Fatherly 21 January 2008
very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very thanks

Midori 1 February 2008
you are my hero!

charisse* 23 February 2008
amazing creation! keep it up!

Creative Media 1 March 2008
U ROCKKKKKKKKKKKK DUDE

fred 28 March 2008
someone liked this over at threadless: http://www.threadless.com/submission/156030/where_is_my_love

Meg 16 September 2008
Vlad, I love your work and imagination. I honestly do. Hope you create more like this. :)

Moscow 25 December 2008
Влад! Молочина!

xea 22 March 2009
cool! Thanks very much!

Nina 9 June 2009
Very nice, if only I was good enough to make anything anywere near that good :)

aarthi 17 July 2009
great.............

Oussama 30 July 2009
I really appreciate that Wondeful n Great idea ir worx & Rox man

PS-Newbie 13 September 2009
it would took some years for me to do it!

manuel 14 January 2010
exciting!

pooja 2 February 2010
greatly done...

JieXian 11 May 2010
"this guy is very cute and interesting" in the words of a girl (not me)

soroor 29 March 2011
vaaawww!!!! God! this is very wonderfull!!!

Tharanga 2 May 2011
Amazed at how simple the steps you follow, yet end up with masterpieces ! keep up the good work Vladimir !!

DEngoi: 11 February 2012
Thanks. very helpful.

beginner long ago
Hey I saw this tutorial at tutorialkit.com - you wouldn't happen to have two tutorial sites do you?

Steve long ago
I must say that you are truly inspiring!!

majorwimp long ago
very cool.......

mesa long ago
nice job...

dannyg77 long ago
Wow, dude. You're amazing. I love your vision.

Sarai long ago
thanks ur genius

Berry long ago
Thank UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU >_< ~~~~~

miss ksa long ago
woooooooooooow

Werner Edlauer long ago
i like it :o)

XaVier long ago
wow... awesome job... I am just started to learn more about the photoshop... :P haha... this tutorial might help me a lot i believe... thanks anyway...

carlo long ago
:)

Serkan G. long ago
Vlad you're a genius

Himmat Singh long ago
I must admire, the vision and creative mind, gifted by God to you. You present all the things so beautifully, that only a classic vision-holder can get into it. Just another masterpiece... keep it up

Hasib long ago
u'r the boss

Mahrad long ago
Awesome! Vlad you're a genius

kho long ago
ur the best!

velkajesterk long ago
cool! thanx so much for new ideas, I have to try right now :)

lawrence long ago
summa super maa!

GATTU long ago
No words to describe ur work awesome nice 3D illusion

Nissi long ago
You Rock!

Lachlan 9 January 2008
WOW those are awesome!

catermad 13 January 2008
one word : amazing!

abohelal 25 January 2008
فكرة حلوة

Szijártó Péter 9 February 2008
another genial idea... and another masterwork.

wingdezigns 26 February 2008
5nice tutorial... :)

Guy 9 March 2008
How long do you do this?????

Meta 4 June 2008
I love ur workz

Caterina 10 August 2008
Bravo!!!

bizkit 18 September 2008
may ur ram size never be below 1gb. I frE@kin luv u, ur works & ur generous attitude. I stick em up ;D

atakan 3 January 2009
wow! wow! wow! absolutely u are a ps devil :)

shyam 13 April 2009
absolutely marvelous..

Pete 14 June 2009
Wow amazing stuff! I look forward to trying my own variation of this! Thanks!

Robin 30 July 2009
Very funny pic.) thnx

Dan 9 August 2009
Vlad, you are just amazing at these things, nice guide! :-)

deyan 23 November 2009
very creative

clippingimages.com 18 January 2010
good job.nicely done.keep it up :-)

fantasydn 10 April 2010
Thank you....my master

Kat 19 May 2010
So cool!

10 March 2011
exccelent one!!!! the creation from the beginning was interesting to watch!!! http://www.clippingimages.com

Avril 17 October 2011
:D

Avril 17 October 2011
:D

kiko 9 September
wow

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