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 March Calendar Wallpaper: Vintage Dreams

This month’s calendar wallpaper is inspired by light and shadows and ideas out of focus.  It combines a film noir aesthetic with vintage paper textures and colors, creating a warm glow for your monitor reminiscent of a spring sunset.  This March wallpaper is ready for your standard- or wide-screen monitor, iPad or iPhone and comes in the following resolutions:

Standard
1600×1200
1440×1080
1280×960
1024×768

Widescreen
1920×1200
1440×900
1280×800

iPad
768×1024

iPhone
320×480

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Ancient Seas

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Ancient Seas gives your blog a nautical feeling of exploration and discovery.  The rich, textured brown in the background is graced by a variety of sea creatures hidden just under the surface.  Warm oranges and yellows give the theme a vintage demeanor suitable for your most treasured writings.

Buy Ancient Seas — $5

If you like Ancient Seas, you might also like Birds in Blue.  Get them both for $8.

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  1. Birds in Blue
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Birds in Blue

Birds in Blue is a Blogger template with an ancient and rustic flavor.  The gently textured background is joined by an aged flock of birds to give your blog an unique flair.  Vibrant colors for the text and links make sure your posts are easy to read, and the title is rendered in the beautiful Aquiline script, powered by Cufón for cross-browser compatibility.

Buy Birds in Blue — $5

If you like Birds in Blue, you might also like Ancient Seas.  Buy them both for $8.

You might also be interested in these:

  1. Ancient Seas
  2. Obscura
  3. Last Bit of Summer