We have all seen a fair share of backgrounds created by both pros and amateurs. Nearly anyone can download a copy of an editing tool and start working on their own masterpiece. So, what are the key elements of creating a wallpaper that people are going to love and use?
Whether you think it’s true or not, color does play a huge role in people’s choice. The shade, gradients, and combinations all matter. For example, blue is considered to be calming. The color red, on the other hand, can make someone feel happy, proud, or even angry.
One other thing you can learn about is choosing a proper palette. Orange, light green, and brown can make your artwork look earthy and natural.
Pick your colors well, and you will be rewarded with great results!
3D effects - worth it or not?
Many designers I work with in my daily job love to use shiny effects on everything. They apply drop shadows and glow to all their graphics. Our clients who are older, usually seniors, actually think it’s a good idea. To them, it looks sleek and modern. They don’t know what real art is, in my opinion. I believe that the best design style is actually minimalism. There are a set of rules everyone can follow to create art, a universal design language. In the 21st century, tech companies want to make everything as simple as possible. The people in charge of creating interfaces want to make the buttons square and flat, not round and curved. I think that it’s a lot better to look at than plain old 3D.
What to include in your background
There are nearly an infinite number of objects and shapes you could add. However, these are by far the most common:
- Rainbows – Ah yes. Rainbows, you see, are a natural phenomenon that people just happen to love. After all, they contain all of the colors in the visual spectrum. By adding one of them to your wallpaper, you’ll make it a lot more attractive with very little effort involved. And there’s no reason not to try a double rainbow!
- Water – The ways you can use it are unlimited. For a fancy backdrop, you could add a beach or ocean. If you were to make water the subject of your wallpaper, then you may wish to add a photograph of a water droplet. See what I mean?
The use of textures
Now we need to cover the interesting topic of textures. They include: leather, wood, plastic… Use these to your advantage by combining them.
After reading this guide, you should know how to make a good desktop background now. You could use software like Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Illustrator to aid you. Upload your work to Deviantart or Tumblr, or share it with us!