Monday, October 3, 2011

Some Fun Downloadable Wallpapers

So I've learned a lot about Adobe's Photoshop over the years, and it's been an agonizing experience.  Not that I didn't enjoy learning, it's just that I love to play with the program a little too much, and I know in my heart it could suck the lifeblood out of me...  I could spend hours and hours and hours with that program and never get to the bottom of it.  It's like learning how to play with a set of paints--the possibilities are endless!

I started to learn the program so I could use it for my costume design stuff.  Yeah, it all started with theatre, as most things do for me...  I wanted a way of doing easier renderings, since I felt my drawing skills left a little to be desired.  Well, little did I realize that there's no way of getting around it, really...  If you're going to do renderings, you kind of have to bite the bullet and learn to draw, because the computer program can't really do that for you--it has to have something to work with in order to do it's stuff.

So I went from repackaging collected research images (so I could present my ideas to the directors) to "presenting" them in a format that was a bit more expressive (layers and shadows and fonts--oh my!).  Then I started providing a neat little "framing mechanisms" for all my commercial photos of my artwork, to finally taking the leap and  applying those skills for my own purposes by making my own Etsy and Artfire banners and diddling around with wallpapers...

And that brings me to today.  I decided that if I have these skills, why not use them for a little fun?  So I designed a desktop wallpaper and I'm making it available for everyone to download, with the promise that there will be many more to come!  Dunno if they're actually going to be of any use to anyone, but I think this one is a pretty good start, and I've made it for both the Mac and the PC (which, in essense, means switching the saying from one side to the other).

I've always been a bit frustrated with desktop wallpapers--they just have too much "stuff" in them, and I end up losing my files in the illustration...  I spend more time trying to find what I'm looking for than they're worth.  The reason why computers come with pre-programmed wallpapers that are so boring is because they have to be so you can find what you're looking for!  Simple is best, I say.

I think I'm going to explore making more wallpapers that are designed around the "essence" of what I think I'm trying to promote.  I think these images will be very near the heart of Relished Artistry, style-wise, and I can't wait to make more.  Enjoy!

All you have to do is click on the upper portion of either the Mac version or the PC version of the image to have it pop open in another window--full sized.  Then save that image to your desktop, and go to your computer's System Preferences.  You can tell your computer to make it fit the size of your monitor as the desktop image!  Easy as pie!  : )

And Live Life with Relish!


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