Wallpaper of the Week – Dark Tiger


This is the ninth edition of Wallpaper of the Week. I created this wallpaper about 3 months ago and I wanted to feature it here on Design Informer. The wallpaper for this week is entitled Dark Tiger. I was playing around with different effects and after combining multiple lighting effects, filters, brushes and textures, this is what I came up with.

Dark Tiger

Dark Tiger


Wallpaper Resolutions:

Production & Process

I created this design around October, when I tried to design something everyday for a whole month. I had a stock photo of a tiger and I wanted to do something creative with it. I started off with a radial gradient going from black to brown. I then overlayed a tiger skin and a rough paper texture over the original background. I then extracted the tiger from its background and placed it over the background.

I also added some paint textures and splatter. Next, I wanted to darken up the image a bit and enhance the contrast, so I played around with some blending modes. Lastly, because the tiger’s eyes started to get too dark, I brightened up their eyes and made it stand out more.

Quick Summary

  • Estimated time: 1.5 hours
  • Tools: Photoshop
  • Total Layers Used: 31


Dark Tiger 1

Dark Tiger 2

Dark Tiger 3

Dark Tiger 4

Dark Tiger 5

Dark Tiger 6

Please share your thoughts about this wallpaper on the comments section below. If you liked this wallpaper, please tell your friends by re-tweeting it. You can also subscribe to the RSS Feed8.


  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1920x1200.jpg
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1680x1050.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1440x900.jpg
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1280x1024.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1280x800.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/1024x768.jpg
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/dark-tiger/iphone.jpg
  8. 8 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Former editor in chief of Designinformer.

  1. 1

    This is INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL…you totally have an AWESOME talent!!!

  2. 3

    Good choice of brushes and textures. Clever blending styles. A very good outcome, Jad. It would have been slightly better if you added a catchy quote/caption to it.
    .-= Richie´s latest Blog Entry – 50+ fresh, awesome and creative advertisements =-.

    • 4

      Yeah, I was actually trying to come up with some type of creative slogan that would fit the wallpaper, but I couldn’t come up with any so I left it alone. Good idea though! Thanks Richie.

  3. 5

    I’m glad you liked it Phil. I played around with many different textures and I guess I just chose the right ones. ;)

  4. 6

    Amesome…simply Awesome.

  5. 8

    My Deadspace wallpaper was getting old…
    .-= Tony´s latest Blog Entry – Technorati Verification =-.

  6. 9

    E’llo Jad!

    A very majestic looking wallpaper with a nice,seamless blending of layers/textures. I also love what you did with the eyes; it does stand out more. Great Job.

    • 10

      E’llo to you too Josh. :)

      Majestic? That’s an awesome compliment. Also, that is what I tried to do the eyes, make ‘em stand out more. I’m glad you noticed.

  7. 11

    really awesome, even you can make a quick tutorial :D
    .-= sriganesh´s latest Blog Entry – Fat Parasite | Project365 #3 =-.

  8. 13

    Nice wallpaper, good tut. Thanks Jad.
    .-= vectorss´s latest Blog Entry – Swirl Flower Vector 1 =-.

  9. 15

    Wow, it is awesome. Eyes are really fantastic, I agree with Josh.
    .-= Janko´s latest Blog Entry – Homo Universalis =-.

  10. 17

    Great.. just nice in conjunction with the lunar year of the tiger!
    .-= Aidan´s latest Blog Entry – 18 Unique Uses of WordPress and the Plugin or Theme Used =-.

  11. 19

    rrrooarr! :P Nice wallpaper design…love the detail of the tiger’s lines for the background..
    .-= Melody´s latest Blog Entry – Twin-up of the Month: Sophie, January 10′ =-.

  12. 21

    Cool Design..

    Yes. The details in the Background looks good But The Glow in the Tigers Eye makes the image come to life.
    .-= Web4half´s latest Blog Entry – Website Navigation Tips =-.

  13. 23

    Very nice Jad :D simple but very powerful… i´ll use this for some days at my laptop :D
    .-= Designi1´s latest Blog Entry – 3# The best readings for this week – designi1 suggestions =-.

    • 24

      You should have titled this awesome wallpaper the “Eye of a Tiger.” Looks like he is watching his prey. You see tigers usually hunts during the night, because its sight is six times better than humans. Thanks for sharing. I saved this for my PC.

    • 25

      Cool! I always feel satisfied when my wallpaper actually gets used. Thanks!

      That’s a great suggestion Zanzu. I should have called it that. Oh, well. :D

  14. 26

    That Tiger Looks almost Real! Good Stuff
    .-= HW´s latest Blog Entry – KVC Hosting =-.

  15. 28

    I love your background image Jad. It’s very different from mine. I take photos and offer some as desktop background images. I would love to get your input. Please don’t hesitate to comment.
    If you feel this comment is out of place, please delete. Thanks for your post.

  16. 29

    This is really cool. I have that black tiger picture that you used. You made this really cool.

  17. 30

    Great wallpapaper :) The end result is really great. I would definitely use this on my desktop. Good work. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  18. 31

    So does that mean you will be using this wallpaper now? :D


↑ Back to top