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Wallpaper of the Week – Dark Tiger

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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 Link

Dark Tiger

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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.

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

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  1. 1

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

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

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    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.

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  4. 5

    Amesome…simply Awesome.

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    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.

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      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.

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  6. 9

    A tutorial? I’ll try. If I have some time, I will definitely share the steps to creating this. Thanks for asking.

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    No problem. Glad you liked it.

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    I didn’t think about that. Just looked it up and 2010 is indeed the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar. Interesting!

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    Yeah, I really though that the background would add a lot to the design. Thanks!

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    Glad you liked the glow on the eyes. It really completes this design in my opinion.

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    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.

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  13. 16

    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

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  14. 17

    Thanks! I did start with a tiger image. :)

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    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.
    http://blog.migratedesign.com/free-desktop-background-images-2/
    If you feel this comment is out of place, please delete. Thanks for your post.

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

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

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