Wallpaper Creation 101
Written By Branden Thompson a.k.a. The
WARNING: I will not tolerate copyright infringement of this
document! This document has been written for the sole and
express use of the DRAGON BALL Z NETWORK. Any unauthorized
replication, in whole or in part, will result in legal prosecution!
If you think I'm joking about this, just try to post this
on your website
This has been intended for the use and enjoyment of the visitors
to the DBZN. I am writing this in response to quite a few
e-mails asking, "How do you make such bad ass wallpapers?"
This is not an exercise in megalomania where I will trumpet,
"look what I can do…" to you all day long. Rather, it is a
chance for me to show some of the basic techniques that I
use to create what I do, and how to improve.
I am constantly trying and learning new things everyday,
so this is a treat for me to try and give a comprehensive
review of some of the things I have learned.
This will be in a multi-part format, I will write other parts
as I learn more, and can find the time to write it.
So lets begin!
I. BASIC WALLPAPER COMPOSITION
The most frequent question I receive is, "How do you make
those wallpapers?" Well, to answer that, there are a few other
questions that need to be addressed. The simple answer would
be, "I just can," and for many that will be sufficient. Some
people are more artistic than others
But the long answer is not so simple… To create a wallpaper
that has lasting appeal, and you know what I mean, not just
something someone looks at and says, "Oh,… that's kinda' cool."
But more like, "Holy S-t! I need to get this!" You need some
"General Education Requirements"
What do I mean?
Let me put it like this:
There are people who go to school for 4 - 7 years learning
exactly how to create the response stated above. It is called
Marketing Design. That's right, you can go to a university
and major in Marketing with an emphasis in graphical media.
Kind of cool, right?
Well, lets just say there's a lot of people in this field,
which is one of the reasons I chose not to get into it. However,
as someone who likes creating wallpapers, such as yourself,
you are going to be engaged in this very sort of activity
when you create and post your wallpaper creations.
So what are these "General Education Requirements" that are
- ENGLISH - You HAVE to have a strong background
in English! There is absolutely no question about it. Your
wallpapers are communication mediums. That means that you
are going to convey some kind of idea in your wallpapers.
Not only will this background help you with your wallpapers,
but in every other aspect of life as well. How well you
are able to use words, or lack of key words, will make a
1000% improvement in your wallpaper creations and everything
- BASIC ART - Let's face it, not everyone is artistic
and can draw masterful works of art. Just like everyone
who likes to create music cannot compose their own original
music (for the most part, we call them DJ's. Although some
DJ can and do compose, just to set the record straight!)
Similarly, to create a wallpaper (a DBZ wallpaper in this
case) does not require a lot of artistic talent (AT FIRST,
we'll cover some of the artsy techniques later). All that
is really required is a good understanding of basic art
composition concepts. Which I will cover right now:
TRY NOT TO ALWAYS PUT YOUR IMAGES IN THE CENTER
OF THE SCREEN.
This is known as the "portrait effect," and outside
of family and yearbook photos, does not help you in
terms of overall impact. Whenever possible, you should
place your images off center even at upper or lower
corners. As always, there are exceptions, but this a
good rule of thumb to follow.
|| KEEP YOUR
Try to keep with some of the basic color schemes at first.
The best way to say this is, DON'T CLASH." Sometimes certain
color combinations are, well… gross. If you can keep with
pleasing matching colors, then your audience will be more
likely to spend more time looking at the wallpaper.
|| "WARM COLORS"
(RED, ORANGE) ATTRACT THE EYE.
Self-explanatory. If you want your audience to pay attention
to a certain part of your wallpaper more than others,
make it a warm color. This is best achieved when you have
a "cool" color background (blue, purple, etc…)