First Vicar of Dibley Wallpaper
Here are the winning promo shot and font from the poll which ended on Sunday:
This promo picture and many others are available on RichardArmitageNet.Com.
Here is your wallpaper:
Once again, I had too many ideas for my graphic. After playing around a bit, I ended up with a minimalist design. I simply brought Geraldine and Harry into an imaginary indoor scenario. 🙂
To create the wallpaper, I recolored and resized the bench to make it more cozy. I added a few filters to Geraldine and and Harry to give them some extra glow.
Then I incorporated a ribbon from a stock image which I changed from red to silver by applying the Luminosity blend mode.
The snowflakes were created using a set of brushes downloaded from hawksmont.com. There is a wall and a floor to give a horizon and and a sense of perspective.
I used copy and paste to get rid of the electrical box in the above image. I used a very low opacity and the Luminosity blend mode so it was very subtle. I laid this layer above my background which consisted of a gradient and a texture image at various opacity levels and blend modes.
For the light beams, I used this arched window for a pattern:
Then I added some snowflakes in the light but I changed them to shadows. To do this, I brushed on the snowflakes, added a drop shadow, then changed the Fill level to 0%. By doing this, I kept the shadows but made the actual snowflakes disappear.
Although it’s not very noticeable, I added reflections beneath the bench’s legs and Harry’s shoe.
For the text I used the winning choice of font, Bradley Hand ITC. Instead of a normal stroke or outline, I used gold foil instead.
Finally, I created the heart with the Custom Shape Tool and added a drop shadow.
Dawn French and Richard Armitage look so lovely together in this promo picture, I didn’t see the need to add much in the way of hearts or text. Their expressions say it all! 🙂
Here is the wallpaper in 1440×900 resolution (click for full size):
P.S. If you haven’t seen this, here is my Vicar of Dibley Christmas fan video. You can watch it year-round! 😉
A big thank you to everyone for participating by voting, tweeting, commenting and reading. You are very much appreciated!
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