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Wallpaper of the Week – Desire and Disparity

This is the fifth edition of Wallpaper of the Week here at Design Informer. This week’s wallpaper is entitled Desire and Disparity. The wallpaper was designed by an up-and-coming designer from Sweden, Tobias Ahlin.1 This is a personal wallpaper exploring extreme contrasts with colors and feelings.

Desire and Disparity Link

Escape

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Wallpaper Resolutions: Link

Production & Process Link

This is what Tobias had to say about the creation of the wallpaper.

After deciding on the concept, I made a rough sketch in Photoshop to base the composition on. The hunt for photos of hands began, and after collecting quite a few I cut them out and placed them into the composition. The fire was created mainly by warping pictures of flames into the shapes I desired. A 3D heart stock by Shoofly-stock was brought in and manipulated to create the heart.

I used Apophysis to create abstract renders which I used to create motion and texture in the background. Pixelmator was used to create some final touches, which was brought back into Photoshop for final composite.

Quick Summary Link

  • Estimated time: 20 hours
  • Client: Self-initiated
  • Tools: Wacom, Photoshop, Apophysis, Pixelmator

Please share you 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 Feed9.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://tobiasahlin.com/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/desire-disparity/1920x1200.jpg
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/desire-disparity/1680x1050.jpg
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  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/desire-disparity/iphone.jpg
  9. 9 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer
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  1. 1

    This is an awesome wallpaper!!…loved it :)

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    @Richie – Yes, I will try to do that to future wallpapers. I especially would love to see a case study of this wallpaper as well. It’s incredible!

    @Adit – Thanks man.

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    @Marco – Thanks Marco. Tobias did a fantastic job with this wallpaper.

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    @Loswl – Same here. That’s why when I saw it, I had to feature it as the wallpaper of the week, so I quickly contacted Tobias. And yes, those hands are a nice touch to the wallpaper.

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  5. 5

    Super killer!

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  6. 6

    Nice wall, I like how the colors compliment the main focus of the image. :)

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  7. 7

    very beautiful wallpaper. thanks for sharing. ;)

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    Thanks everyone. I’m glad y’all liked the wallpaper.

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  9. 9

    That’s great to hear. :)

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  10. 10

    Wow seriously cool, but 20 hours is a long time to spend surely. This blog must almost be full time work as it is. Good work thou fella. M.

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