Great work, I just wish you'd use more dithering in all your images, because as soon as I see any banding in a wallpaper, I get rid of it. And unfortunately that's an issue in almost any wallpaper you put up
Banding? Do you mean edges caused by contrast in areas where it should be just a smooth blur? I'm nowadays working on a laptop with a slightly worse screen than I had on my desktop, especially red and yellow regions are biassed. Also, in XMB Tribute, the background does have some cloudy elements in the background which were intended, I didn't want it to just be a smooth blur, but to add a slight detail in a seemingly unimportant region of the wallpaper.
I'm fairly certain the dithering is an illusion caused by many layers for the background, as I used smooth undithered gradients to start with. I used filters like clouds at very, very low opacity and with soft light as blending option, the combination of which created the dithered looking background. It's not a mess-up, it's just to conceal simplicity by adding insignificant detail.
Ah, I see now, well as for the strange shapes you see, these were intended. I remember having used a picture of rocks in my yard paths, which I faded out in the center and blended in slightly on the sides. As for any gradient specific things, I never experienced the effects of dither vs non-dither, even on a large display with high contrast ratio and color range, but it's certainly worth taking in mind next time.
Yes well, Yinean Laelia was created with a fractal program, unfortunately what you see wasn't even 'programmed' to be a smooth gradient, it's a side effect by the fractal which duplicates and transforms in this case a bend shape, there's nothing to prevent that from happening in fractal software, because it's not the result of lack of dithering. I can try to eliminate these things in Photoshop perhaps, but it depends on the fractal. Yeah, Muonia definitely worked out better. I still see a band, very slightly, but thats most likely because the display of this laptop isn't that great with color. xD
I added the lines so the background wouldn't look too empty, rather. It's filled with details but very hard to see, and I wanted to distribute the 'weight' of the main waves a bit by adding something distracting everywhere else - hence the lines.
They are sooo freakin amazing! They were very well made, I love the design, and how you made it sorta glow, that was really cool. I love all the color schemes you did on the different ones. I can make these into a windows 7 theme so it can switch through the 35 wallpapers. This is very well done.
Thank you! I'm glad the glow worked out, although I think I overdid that in some colours more than the others. xD I intended to include a Windows 7 Theme file, but then I realized the file size would double from ~75 mb to ~150 mb - and deviantART only allows up to 80 mb. :3
Hehe thanks Although, it's quite easy to learn this . You should start with [link] , a great tutorial about the Travel style, from which I got inspired to create my own method to it. It seems long, but it isn't - it contains little but to the point instructions, and a lot of pictures. Start with that, and you have the base for something like XMB Tribute.
First of all, I'd like to say that I think any well-meant contributions to a community are, to me, something really cool. I like the concept you began with, and I must confess the effect is really good. Most color combinations are strong and appealing too!