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Posted on 04-07-12 07:33:18 AM Link | Quote
Eesh. Been entirely too long, and I'm quadposting.

Too much has been happening, that's all I'll say. However, I'm back with a new camera to take pictures with and a huge range of new resolutions!

This one is a less creepy red wall! I figured I'd go for a red shot again, considering the last one I took was ... overly creepy, in a way. Perhaps the events over the past four months for me have tainted the wallpaper in my mind! Ah well, I don't regret making that one! This was actually going to be me experimenting and making something with 16 colors, and it actually looked INCREDIBLE (Nice muted colors without losing TOO much!) ... but I happened to catch actual people in the shot, and due to my paranoia I'm making the wall four colors to make their faces mostly unrecognizable just in case.

Go figure, eh?

This wallpaper was taken on the Media campus of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania - through a window in the building with the cafeteria, bookstore, library, etc... not the academic building, I guess, but I don't know the proper term for it. This is actually my second attempt at such a shot. ( You can see the first here here). It wasn't really an attempt at a wallpaper but more a "hey, something odd's happening, snap a shot of it" type thing, but I found it worth attempting to turn into a wallpaper in December. It didn't pan out, sadly - I found it a bit too dark around the top, and ultimately a little too "weird" for what I was aiming for. I may try to make it into a wall in the future, though... it won't be available in resolutions above 1920x1200, though, being taken on my iPod!) I find this one captured what I was aiming for a lot better than the first one... especially considering the second one was taken on a whim!


All resolutions from 640x480 to 2560x1600 // DA link
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Posted on 04-12-12 06:50:02 PM Link | Quote
More Posts!!!

I've actually finished another one (record low time between two walls? only if you discount the Halloween 3-pack I made) today - this one's unique in two ways in that not only does it contain more total colors than my other wallpapers, but I also made it out of a stock photograph. I really loved the original, and couldn't resist with the fact that they actually allowed it to be used as stock! I'll toss in a link to the original photo with the usual links.


All resolutions from 640x480 to 2560x1600 // DA link // Original stock image by LydiardWildlife on DA
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Posted on 04-12-12 07:23:12 PM Link | Quote
What a beautiful photograph!


It looks great with the reduced colors, though I'm curious to see what it would look like with even fewer colors.
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Posted on 04-13-12 03:26:49 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Peardian
What a beautiful photograph!


It looks great with the reduced colors, though I'm curious to see what it would look like with even fewer colors.


4 colors, 1920x1080

The 8 color one is in that folder, too, but it's a bit of a disaster compared.
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Posted on 05-30-12 07:23:50 PM Link | Quote
I've been lethargic. This one's been done for over a month.

Taken through a window at my college. I've since graduated.


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Posted on 06-03-12 04:40:12 PM (last edited by Sanky at 06-03-12 04:41:53 PM) Link | Quote
Keep them coming, I still love those wallpapers!

I tried to make a similar one months ago but didn't post it, it's not as good, but here goes (hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread a little…):
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Posted on 06-03-12 05:35:17 PM Link | Quote
Thread raid time?

Thread raid time!



16 Colours, two sizes: [Big] [Not as big]

I'm only doing this since I love taking nature photos and I really like the ones you do Bloodstar! :3
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Posted on 07-06-12 09:13:06 PM Link | Quote
Good stuff, you two. Sorry I've taken ages to try anything with the photos you've sent me, Lunaria - I've been barely able to motivate myself to work with my own lately. Don't worry about posting similar walls here, though, I don't mind!

I'd actually debate not bothering with the pixel doubling if I had a better camera... something that could exceed 2560x1600 photos. My source photos are 2048x1536 - not terrible, by any means (TONS better than 960x720!) but it's still not enough to cater to the largest screen I know of, sadly. (No, I don't plan to make dual-monitor wallpapers. Continuing an image on another screen just looks ridiculously unnatural to me...)

But anyway, I've actually made two new ones this week.

Took the first outside of Wedgwood Country Club in New Jersey, on a trip to my grandmother's friend's 90th birthday party. Great time, that was. Sucked the first hour or so due to a pounding headache, but I got better as I went along. It was right beside a bit of a more upscale area, so I figured the title fit.


All resolutions from 640x480 to 2880x1800 // DA link

This one was right outside my house, actually! We had a pretty big thunderstorm coming up, and I kinda liked the clouds at the time, so I figured I'd grab a couple shots before the rain started. The rain started as I was taking the one I used... though it was light to the point where it wouldn't really harm anything. I didn't intend to get the trees, honestly, but I think in the end it kinda added a little something to the shot.


All resolutions from 640x480 to 2880x1800 // DA link

...You know, I actually got two favorites on the latter within the minute I submitted it. By (apparently) actual human users, and not bots. That was a pretty cool surprise, right there.
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Posted on 08-23-12 03:07:55 AM Link | Quote
I... never posted my previous wallpaper here of all places? What! This place is actually possibly my greatest base for posting these things. (...Okay, in hindsight, it's probably not... but eh, at least I get feedback from time to time.)

I'm multiposting! I don't really care anymore, at least I'm putting up new content (including one I held off on posting)

Just toying around a little bit, here.

Generated some wallpapers in Starfish, reduced their colors, and overlaid them atop each other. And, of course, doubled the size. It wasn't quite so necessary this time, but it does show off the different layers.

I still have to experiment a bit with this if I want to make some really usable tiling wallpapers as well. This one's actually not too bad (it resembles waves, to me), but I don't see things getting too far without some real figuring out how I want to handle this.


Just save this image! There are no multiple resolutions.

Failed attempt at taking a clear picture of the moon.

But you know what? I toyed with reducing its colors, and... I got something I actually liked. Sort of abstract in a way. Figured I'd roll with it, since at the time my other three candidates weren't really yielding nice results. (One of them made it into a wallpaper, and I'm still waffling on the other one for the time being.

This one would suck at 16 colors, honestly, so I gave it a four-color palette. This one's actually custom, too, since... the standard palette I use wouldn't really fit it much, and I'm kinda getting bored with it at the moment anyway. Not sure how many will like this one, but eh.


All resolutions from 640x480 to 2880x1800 // DA link

Just a field nearby... taken from the car. There's actually a cemetery in the distance (and across the street from the field, even, on the resolutions it can be seen on).

I tried to take a picture of this once before. It was a better picture, atmosphere-wise, but unfortunately my camera decided to take it in 640x480. I couldn't even cover half the usual resolutions in that unless I wanted to quadruple pixels again... and that's bad for a couple common resolutions.

Busy field? Tons of grass. I don't know, I felt awful when it came time to name the thing.


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Posted on 08-25-12 04:02:48 AM Link | Quote
I'm rolling out tons of these.

This is a photo of my friend's dog, Thunder - hence the wallpaper's name. I saw him in this position, and just HAD to snap a shot. I wanted to get a few shots of him before, but there weren't any good ones... this one was much less planned, more EXTREMELY lucky. I don't believe I managed this shot!

I would've done this one with the previous two, but... hey, I couldn't get anything right. I was going to apply a new palette to this in 16-colors, as an experiment, but I loved the grayscale version so much I couldn't tamper with it.

I seriously think this one may just have beaten Contrast out as my favorite.


All resolutions from 640x400 to 2880x1800, guest starring mobile phone resolutions // DA link

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Posted on 02-25-13 04:34:44 AM Link | Quote
And to think I was on a roll. Six months to the day.

Was awake to catch the sun rising. Decided to photograph it out of boredom. First try came out horribly, but playing with the white balance (I remembered that's a thing!) helped immensely.

Also tried making this 4 colors out of boredom. Yikes. Ugliest thing I've done that with. Fortunately, 16 works great!

But yep. Gonna try to start back up on these. I miss making them. It doesn't help that most of my decent subjects are already used!

No mobile wallpapers this time. Sadly, I think that was a one-off thing. Don't see many other wallpapers fitting that form factor very well. However, Android users can use some of these walls if their launcher supports wallpaper scrolling! (a 1280x800 wall could work handsomely on a 480x800 device, for example, even if that's becoming a less common res these days...)


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Posted on 02-26-13 01:02:14 AM Link | Quote
Oh man, your post layout is stacking quite a bit with all of the multiposting! This new one looks very pretty though, can't wait to see more!
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Posted on 10-31-13 07:32:05 PM Link | Quote
forgot to post the last one here

Have some construction in a mall.


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Remember the 2011 wallpapers?

Grabbed one of the same yards. I had a really nice palette, but... apparently I'd have to manually create it on each wallpaper, and that truthfully just feels like it'd be too exhausting. (If I was working with more direct photographs, then I'd certainly just do this... but, alas, I'm heavily modifying them because I'm pretty sure straight-up photos from any device I own wouldn't make anywhere near great wallpapers. I guess InterfaceLIFT has spoiled me there.)

Ah well. Grayscale still worked quite nicely.


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Posted on 04-01-16 09:40:05 PM Link | Quote
hallo2013 was my last project. October 31, 2013.

I think two and a half years is a long enough hiatus. I've thought about poking at more pictures, but never got around to it.

Finally, I got a snow shot. Between constantly being bounced around, schedule-wise, I took advantage of a high point in energy and motivation to actually turn something new

into a wallpaper. I've only been wanting a snow shot for four and a half years, after all, and finally I was able to get one that satisfied me!

It's not absolutely perfect, but I'll take it.


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Posted on 04-06-16 08:35:25 AM Link | Quote
I guess that last one wasn't a fluke!

I took a set of pictures just outside my house. There's an interesting spot I might be able to capture for a wallpaper at some point, but at the current time when all the trees are devoid of leaves it really wouldn't be very interesting.

Still, I managed to get some nice shots. These are some woods around a neighbor's house. I didn't really think I was going to use this one, as it was quite blurry, but this turned out to work to the picture's benefit when brought down to four colors! (Kind of reminds me of the artwork for a few black metal albums I've seen.)

I ended up leaving the palette alone after dithering. Usually I really don't like to do this, as it feels lazy, but when it's pretty much what you were thinking of giving it anyway... why mess with what works?

There were some surprisingly decent shots in that set. I might end up making one or two other ones into wallpaper, at some point. Unfortunately, I accidentally took them in 16:9. It doesn't matter quite so much for any of the other shots, but I feel like this one may have suffered the most from it.

There's a 3DS top screen resolution image in there, for anyone with a hacked 3DS. If you're looking for the bottom, just grab the thumbnail.


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