Goodbye Loneliness: Free February 09 Wallpaper

Every month I give you a new Calendar Wallpaper. The idea behind the monthly calendar wallpaper series is that you don’t have to open a program to find out what day/date it is. Just look at your desktop et voila. Furthermore the wallpapers should inspire you. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new wallpaper every month should get your creative juices flowing. February 09 Calendar Wallpaper is entitled “Goodbye Loneliness”.

As always a non-calendar version of the wallpaper is also included and the following resolutions are available:

  • 1920×1200 (suitable for 1440×900)
  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×1024
  • 320×479 (iPhone, non-calendar version only)

Previews:

feb09_preview
iphone_preview

Download February 09 Set:


contains 1 .zip file – 2 Versions, 3 Resolutions + iPhone wallpaper, 10.2 Mb

Technique:

I’ve been asked about the techniques used to design the February Wallpaper and I am happy to comply. It all started with an advertising that caught my eye on the way home from uni. Here’s a snapshot I took with my iPhone (sorry for the mediocre quality):

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I really liked the colours and vibrance and decided to use it as inspiration for this month’s wallpaper design. This is to illustrate that you can find inspiration anywhere and anytime. It’s the same with the title, it just came to me one day on the train.
Anyways, enough about that. Let’s talk about Photoshop and Illustrator:

I found these amazing amazing old and grungy film textures on Lost and Taken and new I would have to use them in this project. I used the “multiply” blend mode to overlay them on the basic gradient.
Using Shape Layers I drew the window bars to get a feel for the overall composition right from the start.
The clouds were made using the cloud filter in “overlay” mode. After a bit of free transforming I was happy with the look of the sky.
Since the design was too clean for my taste I decided to put those Sticky Tape Textures to good use. I chose a long strip, set it to “soft light” and copied it a few times across the whole artboard.
The square were created in Illustrator (make a solid rectangle and then choose object>path>split into grid option and delete the ones you don’t need) before importing them into Photoshop. A combination of Layer Blending Modes was used.
Finally I used some of my grunge brushes on mask layers to roughen it up some more.

Feel free to ask if there’s something not clear or does not make sense.

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. This looks great. I often get inspired by random pictures I take as well. Thanks for the followup on how you got the effect as well.

  2. I like it – simple and harmonious!

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