Stripy Wallpapers

Stripy Wallpaper R 1680x1050
Stripy Wallpaper R 1280x1024
Stripy Wallpaper H 1680x1050
Stripy Wallpaper H 1280x1024
Stripy Wallpaper E 1680x1050
Stripy Wallpaper E 1280x1024
Stripy Wallpaper C 1680x1050
Stripy Wallpaper C 1280x1024
Stripy Wallpaper B 1680x1050
Stripy Wallpaper B 1280x1024

These are some wallpapers I’ve made. They’re really easy to do — you can make your own if you like. Here’s how:

Stripy Wallpaper Tutorial

(These instructions are for Paint Shop Pro 9, but should be easy to adapt to other image editors.)

Click File > New… and, in the dialog that appears, adjust the settings to create a 24-bit raster image with a width of 50 pixels and a height equal to that of the resolution you’re making the wallpaper for (in this example, we’re making a 1024×768 wallpaper, so we set height to 768). Click OK.

Stripy WP Tutorial: New File

Now select the Paint Brush tool and set its hardness to 100%. Pick a color from the palette on the right and start drawing some roughly horizontal lines and zigzags.

Stripy WP Tutorial: Brush settings

Keep drawing lines, occasionally selecting different colors. If you want to go back to a color you used earlier, you can use the Dropper tool to select it in the image. If the image starts getting too crowded, you can paint over some lines with the background color.

Stripy WP Tutorial: Colors

When you’re satisfied with the colors and composition, click Image > Canvas Size… Make sure the height value in this dialog is equal to what you entered at the beginning of the project (in this example, 768 pixels). Then set the new width to 1. Make sure the Placement is set for absolute center. Click OK. You should see the image practically disappear — it’s been narrowed to a single pixel.

Stripy WP Tutorial: Canvas Size

Next, click Image > Resize… Here, we need to set the width and height equal to whatever resolution you’re making the wallpaper for. On default settings, PSP won’t let you resize the image like this because it will change the aspect ratio (which is normally locked). Uncheck “Lock aspect ratio” near the bottom of the dialog window. Making sure the Pixel Dimensions drop-down box is set to “Pixels” (and not “Percent”), enter your width and height (in this example, 1024 and 768, respectively). Click OK.

Stripy WP Tutorial: Resize

Here’s what the result should look like:

Stripy WP Tutorial: Finished

At this point, you might want to make some color adjustments. If you want to change or delete specific colors, you can select them with the Magic Wand tool (uncheck Contiguous to select all of a particular color’s stripes). For different schemes, try altering the brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation (these controls can be found in the Adjust menu). For a more monochromatic (but usually cleaner-looking) wallpaper, try playing with the Colorization settings (Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize…). Here’s our wallpaper after some adjustments and a Colorization filter (with hue/saturation set to 0/172):

Stripy WP Tutorial: Colorized

Whenever you’re ready to save, click File > Save. Make sure to save the image as a PNG (Portable Network Graphics) — this is a lossless format that, for this type of image, creates an amazingly small file. (You could also save it as a GIF and have a lossless image, but your colors would likely change in the process — GIFs only support 256 colors in the image, while PNGs support 16.7 million.)