[F10 themes: round 2] Gears: lot of gears

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 20:21:17 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-13 at 14:17 -0400, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-08-13 at 19:08 +0300, Nicu Buculei wrote:
> >> Máirín Duffy wrote:
> >>> Here's my try that I showed you in IRC today. It's very blue :) It seems 
> >>> more cyberpunk than steampunk. I may try a different approach to give it 
> >>> a more steampunk feel.
> >>>
> >>> http://duffy.fedorapeople.org/temp/gears-blueswirl.png
> >> Which I think is a very cool looking image, I like it very much. And of 
> >> course I am curious to learn about your ideas about a more steampunk feel.
> >>
> >> We may have a winner here.
> > 
> > It does look pretty cool.  I tried it on my desktop and have a couple
> > observations, although I'm concerned these fall into "eye of the
> > beholder" category.  Please take with a grain (or 1000) of salt.
> > 
> > * The blue's a bit intense or saturated for a background, maybe a bit
> > too much toward the violet -- although I *do* like the idea of varying
> > the shade of blue, in the way that F8 was more aqua, and F9 is more
> > indigo.
> I totally agree with this. When I tried it as a wallpaper I noticed the 
> same thing. I made a less saturated version but I made it only for the 
> aspect ratio of my monitor; it's easy enough to recreate if we want to 
> use it though; I tweaked the blue channel of the image using the curves 
> tool:
> http://duffy.fedorapeople.org/temp/gears-blueswirl-normal2.png
> Re: the colors - they should be easy enough to adjust. This monitor I 
> have at work, I think the colors are a bit off so I may need to adjust 
> when I get home where I think my laptop lcd surprisingly has better colors.

Yeah, I'm using a big LCD where I am, and although I'm not a color
maven, I think I've adjusted it away from "meh" to "not bad."

> > * The multitude of gears is AWESOME.  It might be nice to make them a
> > bit more faded and subtle, but I wonder if that might lose detail to a
> > point of losing the theme.
> Yeh. I am thinking maybe some clever fade-in fade-out might make it more 
> suitable for a desktop background. Another idea I had was make some kind 
> of keyhole shape in a much more solid/less distracting gradient, and 
> punch the hole (or wholes) through so you can see glimpses of this gear 
> work behind it. It might be a really cool effect, but I also think it 
> would take it even further towards the cyberpunk end of the spectrum 
> than steampunk. :)

That sounds like an *incredibly* cool idea to me.

Paul W. Frields
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