Winter tutorial

Easy instructions to give your windows desktop a wintery look... 

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    • Find a nice winter background and set that as your desktop background.

     

     

    • Use a program like Iconoidto hide your icons, then hide iconoid.

     

     

    • Use the print screen key to take a picture of it and paste it into an image editor, I will be using paint shop pro in this tutorial.

     

     

    •  Go back yo your desktop.  show your icons again and then set the desktop to "none".

     

     

    • Print screen key again and paste it into the editor. 

     

     

    •  Use the color replacement tool to make the colors of the blue background and the icons contrast more.

     

     

    •  Copy the icon image, paste it as a transparent selection in the background image (NOTE: the background color select must be that cyan color to do the transparancy correctly).   Then, cut the transparent selection.

     

     

    • Then paste, as new images, the cut icons three times.

     

     

    •  The first new icon image, do a motion blur to 15 pixels at an angle of 135.

     

     

    •  Do a motion blur of 15 pixels at an angle of 45 to the second icon image.

     

     

    •  Copy the second new icon image and paste as a new layer in the first new icon image.

     

     

    •  Next, copy the third new icon image and paste that as a new layer in the first new icon image.  All three images should now be together.

     

     

    •  Merge all visible layers in the first new icon image.

     

     

    •  Gaussian blur that first new icon image by 2.

     

     

     

    • Copy that image and paste it as a new layer in the background image.

     

     

     

    •  Select layer 1 on that background image.

     



    •  Next, pick the paint brush and change the foreground slot to a gradient.

     

     

     

    •  Edit the gradient and turn it into a radial ramp.  Then edit that so that the transparency goes from 0%(left) to 100%(right).  Set nice gray to white colors for the gradient.

     

     

    •  hold and do NOT let go of the left mouse button until you paint the whole thing, otherwise it will overlap itself...  This will add a nice fog effect to the side of your monitor.

     

     

    •  There, save the picture and set it as your desktop...