Create a Wallpaper with Vector Geometric Blurred Shapes in Illustrator and Photoshop

May 28, 2013 by in category Illustrator, Photoshop, Tutorials with 9 and 0

In this Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorial, learn how to create a Wallpaper with Geometric Blurred Color Shapes.

Using basic shapes, a nice color palette and a few filters in Photoshop to highlight those shapes.

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Step 1 – Vector Shapes

Open up Illustrator and create a new document, to create those vector shapes, I used a color palette with cool swatches. You can download those swatches in the Source Files of this tutorial or just use the # color codes from the image below. Place all those swatches in a new group in the Swatches Panel.

Now we have the colors for those custom vector shapes, let’s start by selecting the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 100x40px rectangle shape. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select the two left side anchor points.

Move those two anchor points 50px down.

Duplicate this shape, change the color of this duplicated shape and Reflect it Vertically, Right Click on the selected shape – Transform – Reflect – Vertical, and place it next to the original shape.

Duplicate the two shapes we just created, change the color of those duplicated shapes, Flip them Horizontally and place them under the two original shapes.

Select the Pen Tool (P) and create a diamond shape in the center of the four shapes we just created like below :

Select the 5 shapes we just created and group them, Object – Group. Duplicate this group twice and place the two duplicated groups next to the original shapes.

Duplicate the two shapes we just created, change the color of those duplicated shapes, Flip them Horizontally and place them under the two original shapes.

Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select one of the diamond shapes we created before and duplicate this shape 4 times, place those 4 duplicated diamond shapes on top of the other shapes like below :

Now we created the main shapes we need to create this wallpaper, select all those shapes and group them, Object – Group. Duplicate this group a few times and place the duplicated group shapes under and on top of the original shapes. Change the colors of those duplicated shapes like you want using my color swatches or your own colors.

Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 595,28 x 841,89 px white rectangle on top of the shapes. Select all the shapes and the white rectangle we just created, right click on the selection and select Make Clipping Mask. This will hide the part of the shapes around the rectangle.

Now we have the left part of the wallpaper, let’s create the right part, duplicate the Clip Group with all the shape we created and place the duplicated shapes on the right.

Step 2 – Recolor Vector Shapes

You can change the colors of those right part duplicated shapes manually, but the fastest way is to use the Recolor Artwork Tool in Illustrator, before using this tool, make sure you’ve placed the colors we used in a group in the Swatches Panel. Select the right part shapes, then click on Recolor Artwork icon in the toolbar.

A new panel will open, select the group with the swatches we used on the right part of this panel and click on the Randomly Change Color Order button to recolor our shapes randomly, you can click a few times until you like the result and click OK.

Before exporting the shapes in Photoshop to add more details on this wallpaper, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the diamond shapes in the center and change their color so its the same between the right and left part of the center diamonds like below:

Select all the shapes we created in Illustrator and copy them, Edit – Copy and Save your Illustrator file.

Step 3 – Blur Effects

Open up Photoshop, create a new document with the resolution of your desktop, mine is 2880x1800px with a white background. Paste the vector shapes we just created in Illustrator as a Smart Object so we can easily apply non destructive Filters on this Smart Object.

Duplicate the original Smart Object shapes layer, right click on this duplicated layer in the Layers Panel and select Rasterize Layer. Apply a 15px Tilt-Shift Blur Filter on this rasterized layer, Filter – Blur – Tilt-Shift.

Duplicate the original Smart Object shapes layer, place this duplicated layer on top of the others, apply a 100px radius Gaussian Blur Filter, Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Change the Fill of this layer to 30% and its Blending Mode to Overlay.

Duplicate the original Smart Object shapes layer, place this duplicated layer on top of the others, apply a 25px radius Gaussian Blur Filter, Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Change the Fill of this layer to 30% and its Blending Mode to Overlay.

Create a new layer, fill it with White, Edit – Fill – White and change its Fill to 10%.

Step 4 – Gradient Fill

To finish this wallpaper let’s add a few subtle colors on it, let’s add a Gradient Fill layer, Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient, with a blue to transparent linear gradient and 25° angle.

Change the Fill of this first Gradient Fill layer to 25% and its Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Add an other Gradient Fill layer with a pink to transparent linear gradient and 135° angle.

Change the Fill of this second Gradient Fill layer to 50% and its Blending Mode to Soft Light. Save your wallpaper as a .jpg file, load it on your desktop and enjoy!

That’s it for this Tutorial, now you have a cool Geometric Blurred Color Shapes Wallpaper for your desktop and devices, you can create a lot of different wallpapers and creations using basic shapes and those techniques. Feel free to download the Source Files or leave a comment if you need help.

9 Comments

  • ichih
    on August 1, 2013 Reply

    This is awesome thank you!!!

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