Free September Calendar Wallpaper: Bean Hollow

Bean Hollow is a rocky beach on the California coast near Pescadero.  It’s an awesome place for climbing on rocks and checking out tidepools that isn’t overrun with people.  We didn’t post a new wallpaper last month, because we were too busy going to beaches like this along Highway 1, so we thought we would share a tiny bit of that with this grungy wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  As always, this wallpaper is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike license in the following resolutions:

Widescreen
1920×1200
1440×800
1280×800

Standard
1600×1200
1280×960
1024×768

Tablet
768×1024

Phone
320×480

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88x31 Free September Calendar Wallpaper: Bean Hollow

Instagram Envy? This might help.

Earlier this month, Angry Birds became available in the Chrome web store, and I said:

http://twitter.com/#!/jazzs3quence/status/79187238893789185

 

Here’s another reason not to get an iPhone.

Pixlr is an online photo editor.  It’s sort of a mini Photoshop that’s completely web-based.  It’s also the default image editor application that comes bundled (well, sort of) with PeppermintOS.  But for people who want to add that vintage, old, grungy, ruined flavor to their digital pictures and make them look like they came from their parents’ photo album, Pixlr created the Pixlr-o-Matic.

Pixlr-o-Matic has, up until recently, simply been a menu item in my graphics menu on my laptop that I didn’t look at.  I decided to check it out and see if it did what I thought it might.  The answer is yes.  Pixlr-o-Matic is for people (like me) who have Instagram Envy.  I love the shots that people post with Instagram on their iPhone but I don’t have — nor do I plan to get — an iPhone.  Pixlr has developed a tool that gives you the ability to make your images go vintage without strapping a nuclear reactor to the back of your Delorean.

You start with a picture.  It can be a picture off your computer or the internet.  If you have a Pixlr account, you can pull images from various online services as well (Facebook, Picassa, Flickr, or Pixlr itself}.  One you load it into the app, you can choose from enough color filters to make you start seeing things.  The next step lets you pick various effects to make your image look vintage, destroyed or otherwise old.  The last screen lets you choose what kind of edges you want.  When you’re done, you can download it or post it to the internets.[clear]


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So here’s an example of it in action, and my first attempt.  This was my starting image, a nice shot of me and my (in the picture) wife-to-be from college:

And here’s the finished product after running it through Pixlr-o-Matic:

I was using Photoshop effects for this stuff, but, it seems, I no longer have to.  Now I really don’t need to get an iOS device…

Free June Calendar Wallpaper: Spacecat!

I was working on an esoteric website design when I stumbled across this awesome cat.  So, obviously we needed to put this cat in space, right?  Am I right? This wallpaper has a little bit of everything for texture lovers, sci-fi geeks and fans of surrealism.  But the star of the wallpaper is, of course, the cat, with an expression that says “don’t make me hurt you.”  The wallpaper is presented in standard, widescreen, iPhone and iPad sizes under a Creative Commons License in the following resolutions:

Widescreen
1920×1200
1440×900
1280×800

Standard
1600×1200
1280×960
1024×768

iPad
768×1024

iPhone
320×480

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Free Calendar Wallpaper: May Flowers

The weather here in Salt Lake City has been a little crazy.  We’ll have sun for a few days, then — suddenly — it snows.  In the morning, the snow from the previous night melts slowly off the new flowers as the birds sing and make nests in the trees.  In short, it’s Spring.  And we thought we’d share the joy of Spring with a wallpaper that reflected the season.  This wallpaper features some tulips from our garden on a marbled rock texture.  As always, we have resolutions for standard, widescreen, and i-devices.

Standard
1600×1200
1280×960
1024×768

Widescreen

1920×1200
1440×900
1280×800

iPhone
320×480

iPad
768×1024

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