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Alienx


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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 08:44    Post_subject:  

I propose a third variant to XP theme Wink
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 10:14    Post_subject:  

Looks nice.
I'm downloading it now, will line em all up, see what gets into 1.0.6!
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pakt


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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 09:38    Post_subject:  

BarryK wrote:
pakt,
that looks good!

...is it possible to get rid of the "building blocks" in the sky?

After twisting and turning the original litrix image any number of times, I managed to get this result. It is within the 50KB limit I set (in fact it is exactly 50KB Wink ) and has the least number of compression artifacts I could get within that file size.

If a better quality image is desired (less than or equal to 50KB in size), we should try to find a similar image but with fewer nuances of color. The sky in this image shifts from dark blue to light blue making compression distortion especially noticeable.

Is the result good enough or should we look for another image?
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Alienx


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Oct 2005, 07:59    Post_subject:  

WONDERFUL work, pakt ! Very Happy

can you teach us how to do it ?

some guidelines ?


please !!!!! Wink

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Oct 2005, 10:39    Post_subject:  

Alienx wrote:
WONDERFUL work, pakt ! Very Happy

can you teach us how to do it ?

some guidelines ?

please !!!!! Wink

Thanks for the praise, Alienx Wink. I'm just sorry I couldn't make the image a little sharper, but that would have made the file size a lot bigger.

I am definitly not an expert on image manipulation, and this is the first time I used the Gimp, so it took some experimentation to figure out how to do things. It turned out that I got the best result by simple means. This is what I ended up doing.

After saving Barry's original litrix image to harddisk and starting The Gimp with the saved image:

- From menu: 'Image' -> 'Scale Image...' and under 'Quality', set 'Interpolation' to 'Cubic (Best)'. Then changed the image from 1024x768 to 800x600 and clicked 'Scale'.

- From menu: 'Tools' -> 'Color Tools' -> 'Levels' changed Gamma from 1.00 to 1.10 then clicked 'OK'. (I have found that increasing Gamma instead of increasing brightness and/or lowering contrast to lighten an image often gives better results.)

- From menu: 'File' -> 'Save as...' -> 'litrix_lean.jpg'. Clicked 'Save' and the 'Save as JPEG' window popped up (here I could set the JPEG image 'quality', ie, how much of the image detail to keep - lower 'Quality' = less detail = more distortion).

- Clicked 'Show Preview in image window' then 'Advanced Options'. Here I could see what the 'File size' would be when changing 'Quality' (default=85) while at the same time seeing the effect of the Quality setting on the image. I found that by setting Quality to 68, I could get the File size down to 50.0 kB without too much distortion. Clicked on 'OK' - that's it Very Happy
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pakt


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PostPosted: Wed 12 Oct 2005, 04:49    Post_subject:  

May I offer one last revision of the image? You will probably be tired of this wallpaper by now Wink, but by allowing the image file size to increase by about 30kB, this image is sharper and, IMHO, more pleasing to the eye.

(For the curious: I sharpened the original image (factor=1), lowered contrast (from 50 to 45), increased gamma (from 1.00 to 1.10) then saved it at 800x600 with JPEG quality=85)
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Alienx


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PostPosted: Wed 12 Oct 2005, 05:06    Post_subject:  

great job pakt, thanks for the tips Wink
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gliezl


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Oct 2005, 19:39    Post_subject:  

is it possible for the JWM start button to have a different color such as olive green? As an ordinary user, can i change that?
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