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Happy New Year 2012 Wallpaper Tutorial
Tutorials Text Effects 30177 Views December 27th, 2011

Hello again, in this quick tutorial we'll create a festive Happy New Year 2012 wallpaper using some simple layer styles, brushes and gradients.

The Photoshop tutorial comes also with the free PSD file included so you can easily change the gradient layer, the text etc. So fully customizable 2012 wallpaper to celebrate the new year that is yet to come. Hope you like it!


A year has passed since my last wallpaper for 2011 . Now it's time for a wallpaper dedicated to the New 2012 Year that will come in just a few days. So let's start!

As I have mentioned in my previous tutorials, when I make a wallpaper, I usually create it at 1920x1200 px size. That way, since most people's resolutions are that size or smaller, the wallpaper comes out looking good. So open a new PSD file with this size.

If you want to save a file template all you have to do is go to New Menu, and Save Preset. That way you don't have to input all the details like size, resolution, etc every time you create a new file. Simply choose your file template from the Preset list.

When using Gradient Fill layers and you want to add color only to some elements like text and light effects in our case, you have to start with a black background. So create a new layer call it Background and make it black (#000000). Use the Hobo Std font family to write the "Happy New Year!" text. The color is no important because we'll change it in the next step.

Open the Layer Style window and let's add some effects. Sett the Fill of the text layer to 0% . Add Drop Shadow, color #bdbdbd.

Add Inner Shadow, the color is #ffffff (white) and the other settings:

Next add a soft Outer Glow, the color used is #bcbcbc .

Add a black color Inner Glow.

Add Bevel and Emboss effect. Make all of the settings presented in the image below.

The last setting is a Gradient Overlay, style reflected and the gradient map made from different tones of gray and white.

Duplicate the Text Layer remove the layer styles, set the Fill to 0% again and add a Bevel and Emboss style, with different settings: different angle, depth, size and so on.

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9 comment(s) for "Happy New Year 2012 Wallpaper Tutorial"

9:05 AM Sunday, January 01, 2012
nice result. looking great.
thanks!! reply
9:37 AM Tuesday, January 03, 2012
thanks! reply
arif suhaimi
8:33 AM Wednesday, January 04, 2012
awesome reply
2:04 PM Sunday, January 08, 2012
great tutorial thanks reply
web tasarim
2:10 PM Sunday, January 08, 2012
Thanks so much for sharing this! reply
2:38 PM Sunday, January 08, 2012
thanks! reply
2:43 PM Sunday, January 08, 2012
thanks! reply
Clipping Path
Clipping Path
8:10 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It is easy tutorial . nice to see it . reply
Nirav Dave
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Awesome tutorial with nice result
Thanks so much for sharing it
keep up good work


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