Create Vista Wallpaper with Fireworks
I have noticed a considerable demand for a tutorial to create vista wallpaper, so I’ve decided to give it a try. It’s not easy, and the result is not perfect, but its a good attempt nonetheless.
Note: The final image is the outcome of much trial and error. But you can pick up the techniques I describe, and analyze the source file for yourself when my explanations get too complicated, which they will.
Lets start to create vista wallpaper
1. First, create five layers (Using the folder button in the Layers window) like so:
- Text (topmost), Canvas 2, Effects 2, Canvas 1, Effects1 (bottommost)
2. Lets color the canvas first. On Canvas 1, draw the following, from top to bottom:
- Rectangle: Opacity 60%, Radial Gradient FFCC33, bottom left 70%, and the rest 0%
- Rectangle: Vertical Gradient 3399CC, top 0%, bottom 100%
- Rectangle: Overlay, Vertical Gradient, top 33CC33, bottom 3399CC
- Large circle above: 77% Overlay, Radial Gradient FFFFFF, center 100%, edges 0%
3. As for Canvas 2, draw the following:
- Rectangle: 40% Overlay, Radial Gradient (positioned above center) FFFFFF, center 100%, edges 0%
- Rectangle: 20% Overlay, Radial Gradient 003300, center 0%, edges 100%
- Rectangle: 100% Overlay, Radial Gradient 003300, center 0%, edges 100%
Now your canvas is nicely colored. Basically, its dark on the edges and its a mesh of blue and green.
4. The image has four different kinds of objects. Lets start with Element 1. Draw a light yellow trapezoid with a Vertical Gradient with 16% opacity and 1 Feather, left 100% and right 0%. This will make a fading line, put this in Effects 2.
5. Draw two more similar trapezoids, with variable sides and opacity and color. These two here are placed in Effects 1.
6. Now for Element 2. Draw a long circle segment with 40% Overlay and color it green. Make more of this with varied color, thickness, angle, and opacity. You have to be creative in this one. Place some in Effects 1 and the rest in Effects 2.
Basically you’re making the colors fluctuate from left to right.
7. Now for Element 3. Draw thin tilted light blue triangles with 86% Opacity. Make the Vertical Gradient fade (100% to 0%) angled in such a way that one edge is more faded than the other.
The tricky part is trying to angle the gradient just right.
8. Now for Element 4. Draw a long arc with 50% opacity and 2 Tip Size of 50% Edge, and use Radial Blur on it. I find this to be a lame replacement for those lines you see in the real wallpaper, but its better than nothing.
Make two more of these. Now you have appropriately placed set of four different types of shapes with the right effects. Its all up to your creativity.
9. Now type your text in white, with Inner Glow (Thickness 2, Opacity 12, Softness 1), and Glow (Thickness 0, Opacity 39, Softness 9).
There, this is the best I can do. At least it looks okay when you see it from far.