How to create an “Hipster triangle Wallpaper”

original background

Level of difficulty: easy
You will need:

  • ¬†image editing programm – I used Paint.net for this tutorial. It’s free and it has all necessary functions.
  • high resolution photo – If you don’t find a photo with the same resolution as your screen, then take a photo as large as possible. About 3500×2000 pixels should be enough to fit your screen. You can find great photos (and free for use) on unsplash.com .

 

Step 1 wallpaper1. First open a photo you want to have for your desktop background.

step 3 wallaper2. Then drag a second photo into your workspace and add it as a layer above the background photo.

step 4 wallapaper3. Next, add a third layer for the shape.

step 5 wallpaper4. Use the shape tool to place your triangle (or other geometric form) in the right position.

step 6 wallaper5. I didn’t found a better way to rotate the triangle directly. Instead, I fliped the layer. This way you can place the shape wherever you like.

step 7 wallpaper6. After that use the magic wand tool to select the space outside of the triangle.

step 8 wallpaper7. Then go to the layer beneath and erase the unnecessary part of the photo. In the end you can merge down all layers. It’s finishe!

 

Layer Mode “Overlay”

1. add a photo
2. add a new layer
3. create a shape filled with white on the top layer
4. reduce the opacity of the top layer and set the mode to overlay

overlay white triangle

Layer Mode “Color Burn”

1. add a photo
2. add a new layer
3. create a shape on the top layer
4. use magic wand to select the inner space of the shape
5. use the gradient to fill the shape with color
6. set the mode of the top layer to color burn

color burne

Low Opacity

1. add a photo
2. add a new layer
3. create a shape filled with black on the top layer
4. reduce the opacity

black triangle overlay1

Geometric forms

1. add a photo
2. add different layers for different shapes
3. create a shape on each layer
4. rotate the layers to place the shapes in the right position

white triangle

 

Here are the finished wallpapers: