Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's BIG

(from 03/08)
I've always had my troubles finding the perfect computer wallpaper. Most wallpaper images online are poorly saved, leaving you with a screen of digital artifacts and the empty thought of "how can I just do this myself?" I recently made a great stride in my life-long aspiration to have the coolest computer wallpaper ever. It's a bit of a process, but it's worth it:

  1. Download a HD movie trailer
  2. Find the frame you like, freeze it, and blow up the movie as large as it goes (even if it goes beyond your screen)
  3. Frame grab the screen with GRAB application (in utilities). Take two pictures if the movie is too big to fit on your screen.
  4. If two pictures, merge them together in PHOTOSHOP.
  5. In PHOTOSHOP - edit the picture to fit the same resolution as your screen.
  6. BAMN! You have it. 
My Simpsons creation from this morning has perfect screen ratio and a very high-resolution image, leaving me with a fantastic view of Springfield everytime I close a window on my computer. The frame itself was super-widescreen, so I added a few inches of blue on the top and a few clouds in there for fun. Problem is, I am stuck with only recent movie trailers to choose from. I will master the wallpaper grabs from DVDs. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday.