Why not create your own wallpapers instead of hunting for others‘ creations? You might even want to share your artwork so others that like to rotate their wallpapers will be able to appreciate your efforts. Here are some beautiful wallpaper tutorials you can follow even if you’re a beginner to intermediate user of the free image editor, GIMP, which is known for its batch-editing capabilities, being able to create an image map, etc.
Amazing Bokeh Effect
Full tutorial: PA Blog
This started as a Photoshop tutorial, but as you can tell, you can achieve pretty awesome wallpapers as well in GIMP. The Puteraaladin blog was able to get this and was kind enough to post a step-by-step tutorial and even brushes!
Mac Tiger Wallpaper with a Touch of Ubuntu
Full tutorial: Gimp-Tutorials
Featured in 5 Websites To Learn GIMP Online (don’t forget to check out the second part with more GIMP tutorial websites), GIMP-Tutorials.net is rich with user-submitted tutorials and goodies on effects, icons, etc. Here’s a tutorial written in 2007 for a beautiful combo wallpaper reminiscent of Ubuntu and Mac OS X Tiger.
Mac Leopard Wallpaper
Full tutorial: Abduzeedo Blog
The Abduzeedo blog produce high-quality tutorials for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. The wallpapers from the blog also are stunning so here’s the founder’s guide to creating an image similar to the Aurora wallpaper from Mac Leopard.
This is a more recent tutorial, published in August of this year, created by a site rich with photography, GIMP and Photoshop tips. This is what I was able to get after several attempts at following the good-for-beginners tutorial. The color in my final attempt still came out a little flat so do look at the original samples of the author’s tutorial as they were very rich in color.
Full tutorial: GIMPKnowHow‘s Youtube Channel
GIMPKnowHow is probably one of the most followed GIMP gurus on Youtube (another excellent channel is GIMPTricks) and with good reason. Tutorials from the channel are made with a very clear and helpful narrator and are often original tutorials, like this one.
Need more tips for high-quality wallpapers? Don’t miss out on Saikat’s How To Create Top-Quality Desktop Wallpapers. Need wallpaper ideas? Look through:
- Best Sites For Funny Computer Wallpapers
- 10 Beautiful Nature (Green Grass) Wallpapers
- Best Sites To Download High-Resolution Wallpapers (Part Two)
- How to Create Stereographic Projections in GIMP (these projections are sort of panoramic pictures in cool spherical shapes).
You don’t even have to use GIMP to create good wallpapers. Here’s a guide on using Microsoft Word to author a simple but nice-looking wallpaper with a message even!
Do you have any favorite GIMP tutorials you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments section! Also, do let us know of your artwork if you were able to create them from these tutorials! We’d love to see them!