Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DIY Monogrammed Desktop Background

In my previous #BloggersBTS blog post about my desk, I mentioned that I have a monogrammed desktop background. I figured that this could be a perfect segway into this week's DIY, since a brightly colored computer background can not only add some flair to your desk but it's also nice to see whenever you turn on your computer. This is super easy to do and can be done by using Photoshop. 



Above is my current computer background, which I've made with a premade background and a monogram. 

First, you need to pick a background and a monogram. I picked my background by simply looking up Lilly Pulitzer computer backgrounds, but there are a ton of other really nice backgrounds online. As for monograms, there's a monogram maker here. Unfortunately the website that I used to create the monogram I've shown here has deleted the page. If you want something more like the one I used, you can download the font, Monogram KK and make one yourself. Carly from the College Prepster has a great post about doing that, which I've linked. However, if you want to save time, the monogram maker that I've linked works perfectly fine and has choices of different monograms and colors. If you don't like the color options, no worries! You can change the color once you get into Photoshop.


I'm using a very old version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements 4.0. I have the newer version but I have yet to install it. Basically any version of Photoshop works. Then, you can proceed to change the color of your monogram, (if you would like), by clicking on the monogram or the background with the magic wand tool.


If you're using a background that happens to have a watermark, you can easily remove it. I really didn't need to remove the Lilly Pulitzer logo, but I did for the sake of this tutorial. Simply use the eyedropper tool to pick a color from the background and paint right over the logo, duplicating or carrying out with the pattern.


Then, go ahead and use the elliptical marquee tool to create a circle around your monogram. You can make it a fixed aspect ratio to assure that you are maintaining a perfect circle. Once you have selected the circle, copy and paste it into your background. Proceed to move the monogram to your desired location, or move it to the center to finish. If you want to change the color of your monogram, use the magic wand tool (a little below the eyedropper tool) and click on the monogram. Color it using the paint bucket. If you want to do something a little more creative than a simple centered monogram, feel free to add banners or quotes or whatever floats your boat. A little tip, it helps to use the grid lines, so make sure things are neat and organized.


That's all that it takes to make this! You don't really need to know much about photoshop to do this and I've gotten so many compliments on my desktop background. You can personalize it in a lot of different ways and it has a minimal amount of effort.

This post is in participation of the #BloggersBTS linkup!

2 comments:

  1. This is perfect and I can't wait to try it out! Also, did you buy your template and if so where is it from? It's really cute!
    ♥, Brooke
    www.livethepreplife.blogspot.com

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    1. I did not buy the template for the monogram, but I got it from http://chicfetti.com/for-chic-sake/ but the page that I made the monogram on has been deleted. If you're asking about the pattern, I just got it online by searching for cute computer backgrounds.

      Rebecca

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