Desktop Wallpapers - Living the Life That You Want

It pays to be creative. With creativity, you can sort out some messed up things and make it sound or look like a new one but actually freshly-cut from an old material. With creativity, you can live your dream in an instant: wandering off in the ocean, soaring out in the heavenly planetary space, cuddling with your favorite pet, coming face to face with the hottest celebrity, smelling the crisp fragrance of flowers, and who knows what else. In an instant, the crazy internet revolution can give you all of these for free. No credit card hassles. No purchases required. Yes, it is crazy, absolutely free of charge.

To live the life that you want, desktop wallpapers offer you a variety of designs or photos to download freely from the internet and paste on your computer screen. This collection gathers your innermost wishes and desires, and make them look and feel like real - but on the computer monitor.

Animals Category is a collection of adorable and cuddly images of dogs and cats playing with each other or playing alone.

Celebrities category is a showcase of the hottest celebrities in Hollywood dressed up in their most trendy clothing. List includes Angelina Jolie, Liv Tyler, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, and other favorite popular stars.

Flowers category displays different images of flowers like red tulips, white roses, and other colorful flowers in bloom.

Music category sets up your favorite music artists in different photos. These photos remind you of their album covers and music.

Military category shows fighter planes, assault vehicles, B52 bomber, aircraft carriers, and other helicopters for military use.

Nature takes you to a relaxing stroll into their photo of a Wooden Path or in admiration for their image of a Water Drop on a Leaf.

Places bring you to places you have never been to or actually have already been to that linger in your mind. Examples are the Empire State Building, White House, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, or the Tower Bridge.

Space category will stun you with its images of heavenly space, planetary space, and everything abstract to space and Earth time.

Anime category toys with the works of computer and the works of real life, producing animated characters and designs such as Naruto 24.

Cartoons take you down the memory lane of childhood with its designs of cartoon characters like Tweety, Winnie the Pooh, and more.

Cars category lets you imagine driving your favorite car of Porsche and other luxurious big boys' toys.

Holidays category reminds you of the good times during holiday seasons like Christmas, Valentine, Mother's Day, and so on.

More alternatives can be found in this collection of wallpapers. Each wallpaper satisfying your gnawing passion for things or your desires or dreams of luxurious or simple stuff, how you want it and whenever you want it. So if you are too tired, bored, or you just want to slip into that dreamy space and time, take a time off to stare at your favorite wallpaper and live it the way you want it.

V #61 September 2009








V #61 September 2009
Featuring/ Lady Gaga
Photography/ Mario Testino
Styling/ Nicola Formichetti
Visit/ V Magazine ©
Source/ Nicola Formichetti

Making Your Perfect Wallpaper

So, you've found a beautiful image that you'd like for your wallpaper. It most probably is small. The nicer images on the web generally are. Here's why: Many pictures don’t look very good when viewed at their actual size. When down-sized, they do. On sites where users rate these images, they consider the small version first. As a result beautiful images generally come in small sizes. This is not a good thing if searching for wallpapers though.

Describing the problem

If there just was a way to increase the size of these images and not lose quality. But wait a moment, you could say. It’s not just that, I would also need to crop some part of my favourite images and then resize them to fit my screen as best as they can.

Let’s see, what were the requirements again?

  1. Resize the desired image without losing quality to fit at least one dimension of the screen
  2. Allow for enlargement of at least 150% with no noticeable degradation in image quality
  3. Possibility to crop these images and maintain the aspect ratio of my screen if possible

Solution: Automatically enlarge the images

First, use Photoshop of course:

  1. It has resizing
  2. Has sharpening
  3. Cropping

Well, cropping works nice, a little bit of overhead always opening Photoshop every time you want to try another image, but hey, it works. The only problem here is the resizing part. Photoshop really blurs the whole image even for upsizing to 120% times the size of the original image. That’s very poor quality enlarging. This means that if you find a 800x600 image (an average size for the good quality images on deviantart) it would be too blurry to fit on a standard 1024x768 screen. This looks really bad. Photoshop is the best thing out there, many people could argue, and it couldn’t do that? How so?

Sharpen it

Here’s where the Photoshop expert comes in. But don’t just upsize it, sharpen it too. It will certainly look better, you’ll see. And he’s right, for this very small enlargement, sharpening can do the trick for some images. Not all, but it’s ok. Still, there is no satisfying solution when it comes to resizing images to 130% times their original size, and there are a lot like that.

To make things short, you could try every possible sharpening/upsizing solution for Photoshop and it wouldn’t get much better but for very few images that aren’t even that good looking in the first place.

Specialized upsizing programs

There are some specialized commercial programs out there, most boast to make perfect enlargement at 1000% times the original. It looks just like some marketing hype, and actually, it really is. Sad, but true. Even so, they are better than what you can do in Photoshop. They simply fail to keep their promise when it comes to just 200% times enlargement. Why’s that? It’s because they were targeted for upsizing images for print.

This is still awful. Images that are so small in the original that they would need 1000% enlargement certainly wouldn’t have enough detail to satisfy my wallpapering desires.

Reshading

That’s where reshade.com comes in. It pretty much solves the upsizing problems I mentioned. The algorithm offered here for free makes even a 200% non-degrading enlarging possible. There’s also a crop feature and the possibility to “quick add” an image for resizing (like for pages on del.icio.us).

So, there you have it, your perfect wallpaper, reshaded and maybe touched-up a little in photoshop.

Let's Go Surfing Music Video by The Drums


Let's Go Surfing Music Video by The Drums
Director/ David Fishel
Visit/ The Drums on MySpace

Show Package - NY Spring/Summer 2010: Supreme Management


Show Package - NY Spring/Summer 10: Supreme Management
Photography/ Hanna Liden
Models (from left to right)/ Flo, Inna, Tao, Meghan, Hanne
Visit/ Supreme | Models.com for the full show package
Source/ Models

This is Pop World...














This is Pop World, Free Your Mind, Put Your Head Back in the Clouds and Start the Ch-Ch-Ch-Change
Magazine/ Pop Fall/Winter 2009
Photography/ Viviane Sassen
Model/ Kinga Rajzak
Images Source/ fearless123 @ TFS

The Big Chill: Jon by Patrik Sehlstedt




Left: Coat Rick Owens cardigan Mcq fur stlysts' own
Right: Leather jacket Marc Jacobs Cardigan Mcq

Left: Sleeveless jacket, gloves, boots Rick Owens Jeans, tank, and belts Gap Watch Swatch
Right: Coat Rick Owens cardigan Mcq fur stlysts' own

Coat Rick Owens cardigan Mcq fur stlysts' own

The Big Chill: Jon by Patrik Sehlstedt
Magazine/ VMan Issue #15
Location/ La Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France
Photography/ Patrik Sehlstedt
Styling/ Akari Endo-Gaut
Model/ Jon Kortajarena Redruello
Production/ Caroline Stridfeldt
Photo assistant/ Nigel Perry
Reediting/ Franco R Studio
Source/ VMAN.com

Raquel Zimmermann for Vogue Nippon October 2009



Raquel Zimmermann for Vogue Nippon October 2009
Cover/ Raquel Zimmermann
Photography/ Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Visit/ Vogue.com
Source/ surrealseven @ TFS

Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2010 Menswear Show Photos
















Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2010 Menswear Show Photos
Full Collection/ Songs&Fotos
Photography/ Stephane Feugere
Source/ Purple Diary

Raf Simons Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Preview



Raf Simons Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Preview
Visit/ Raf Simons
Source/ Flickr

+J, Jil Sander for Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2009, Ad Campaign


















+J, Jil Sander for Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2009, Ad Campaign
Photography/ David Sims
Models/ Isabeli Fontana, Sean O'Pry
Visit/ Uniqlo.com
Source/ +J for Uniqlo

Animated Wallpaper

Animated wallpapers are applications that place special animations, screen savers and media files directly on the desktop. This makes them different from a typical desktop wallpaper, which is just an image in the background. These applications allow full-fledged 3 dimensional animations, screen savers and media files to be displayed directly in the background. So, if a user is looking for something a little more interesting than animated gif images, this is the perfect application to install. The application includes a standard wallpaper changer which can be configured to cycle through the images. This is just a slideshow that is computer operated and changes the image as per the configuration.

Animated desktop wallpapers is a high quality replacement for the common desktop wallpapers. A distinctive feature is that along with simple beautiful images, it offers the user a real living world, full of sounds and movement. For instance, some animated desk tops can convey the time of the day through audio-visual effects representing the periodic cycle of the dawn, dusk and night on the desktop. Watching an animated wallpaper on a desktop is a great way to relax after a long and exhausting work day.

Amimated wallpapers can be customized adding images, movies, sound clips and other media resources to it. It is a decorator's dream as it allows him to effortlessly add animated themes to a computer’s desktop. Animated wallpapers are very convenient to use as they are not a strain on the computer’s memory or a drag on it’s performance. They work quietly in the background without taking up too many system resources, unless specialized applications are required to run the animation. The program controlling an animated wallpaper is enabled with six themes. An user can set flash files as animated wallpaper as well. This is easy to use and most commands and functions are immediately accessible. The above functionalities and features have contributed to animated wall papers becoming extremely popular with computer users.

Parisienne, the New Fragrance by YSL | Commercial feat. Kate Moss



Parisienne, the New Fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent

Featuring/ Kate Moss
Visit/ YSL-Parisienne | YSL
Ad Source/ YSL US on YouTube

3D Animation

3D animation is a more advanced graphical presentation with the help of computer and digital displayers. Animations such as movies, presentations, walk through, cartoon films, television advertisements and web stuff (life on the Web or Internet) became popular after people tasted 3D graphics. In general Multimedia stuff such as 3D Illustration, AV Presentations, Digital Video, 3D Medical & Scientific Animations are very useful in real life application in respective environments.

Computer Graphics and Animations

3D computer graphics / animations are different from 2D computer graphics / animations in that a 3D representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. The rendered images are used for later display or for real-time viewing. 3D graphics animations show the angle of camera or viewers, virtual shoot of aerial footage and put the virtual reality 3D model into it perfectly so the 3D animation looks absolutely real. This is called motion tracking, which is when we track the exact motion of the real life camera that shoots the footage and that is replicated perfectly in 3D. The same effect is also used often on the big screen where 3D animations are used to create movie scenes.

Making of 3D Animations

The 3D animations are created based on a theme or concept. The theme is expanded with more detail of the design; flow of the animations is called storyboards. The character and object design and development are the preliminary jobs for animators based on the specification. Based on the storyboard direction further key frames are to be developed. All the characters or objects are called 3D models that are data file that contain the information needed to view or "render" 3-D objects. Key-framing is the process of assigning values to parameters at specific moments in time that specifies frames in an animated sequence. A Texture Map is required for manipulating the scheme or pattern on the models. Texture Mapping is a way of controlling the diffuse color of a surface on a pixel-by-pixel basis, rather than by assigning a single overall value. The graphic designer / character developer can achieve by applying a color bitmap image to the surface. The color patterns / scheme can also be generated by the application itself to create a procedural texture. Finally, the sequences are to be rendered for getting an output with compression. Rendering is the process of producing bitmapped images from a view of 3-D models in a 3-D scene. An animation is a series of such renderings (taking a picture of the scene) each with the scene slightly changed.

3D animation software features:

3D Modeler, TrueType font support, Import and modify file formats, Export .3DS files, Built in 3D Object browser, Jointed character editor, Morph targets, Renderer for high quality, production quality images, Create 3D scenes and animations and output .AVI movie files, .JPG and .BMP images, Supports textures, bump maps, soft shadows, spotlights, fog, and much more, Texture support for .BMP, .GIF, and .JPG format files, Scripting language etc.

Standard Computer System Requirements from 3D Animation software:

Windows NT4, Win95, Win98, WinSE, Win2K, or WinXP, OpenGL accelerated graphics card with full ICD support, (ala GeForce), 64 MB memory, 128MB recommended, or 256MB if you use WinXP, 300 MHz Pentium, 5MB disk space.

AniBoom is involved in 3D Animation Workshop, Competitions, Seminars and online info centers, where you can learn about this beautiful medium, with a special eye for its use on the Web. You can learn how to create 3D graphics and animation step by step, gain knowledge and experiences. AniBoom makes aware of aspirants on computer, software, technologies, process for making of 3D animations.

Live from New York


















Live from New York
Magazine/ V #61 September/October 2009
Photography/ Mario Sorrenti
Styling/ Jane How
Model/ Sasha Pivovarova, Freja Beha Erichsen
Images Source/ TFS & V Magazine

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