Anatomy of a Great Desktop Background

We have all seen a fair share of backgrounds created by both pros and amateurs. Nearly anyone can download a copy of an editing tool and start working on their own masterpiece. So, what are the key elements of creating a wallpaper that people are going to love and use?

Color scheme

Whether you think it’s true or not, color does play a huge role in people’s choice. The shade, gradients, and combinations all matter. For example, blue is considered to be calming. The color red, on the other hand, can make someone feel happy, proud, or even angry.

One other thing you can learn about is choosing a proper palette. Orange, light green, and brown can make your artwork look earthy and natural.

Pick your colors well, and you will be rewarded with great results!

3D effects - worth it or not?

Many designers I work with in my daily job love to use shiny effects on everything. They apply drop shadows and glow to all their graphics. Our clients who are older, usually seniors, actually think it’s a good idea. To them, it looks sleek and modern. They don’t know what real art is, in my opinion. I believe that the best design style is actually minimalism. There are a set of rules everyone can follow to create art, a universal design language. In the 21st century, tech companies want to make everything as simple as possible. The people in charge of creating interfaces want to make the buttons square and flat, not round and curved. I think that it’s a lot better to look at than plain old 3D.

What to include in your background

There are nearly an infinite number of objects and shapes you could add. However, these are by far the most common:

  • Rainbows – Ah yes. Rainbows, you see, are a natural phenomenon that people just happen to love. After all, they contain all of the colors in the visual spectrum. By adding one of them to your wallpaper, you’ll make it a lot more attractive with very little effort involved. And there’s no reason not to try a double rainbow!
  • Water – The ways you can use it are unlimited. For a fancy backdrop, you could add a beach or ocean. If you were to make water the subject of your wallpaper, then you may wish to add a photograph of a water droplet. See what I mean?

The use of textures

Now we need to cover the interesting topic of textures. They include: leather, wood, plastic… Use these to your advantage by combining them.

Conclusion

After reading this guide, you should know how to make a good desktop background now. You could use software like Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Illustrator to aid you. Upload your work to Deviantart or Tumblr, or share it with us!

How to Become a Blackjack Pro and Lose Less Often

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a professional blackjack player? Are you surprised to see world champions who consistently win?

It’s not your luck that is the problem. The reality is that you end up losing most of the time if you are inexperienced. Instead, start learning the advanced strategy used in this casino game. You could even make a living from it if you play your cards right.

I am a designer, but in my free time I do like to bet. I will write about all my experiences here for you to read about!

Online casinos – reliable or not?

The internet has given you the option of playing blackjack while sitting in the comfort of your house. You don’t have to spend money to reach a hotel or a club to play. This is possible where you are sitting, right now. All you need to have is a computer or other device. A decent internet connection can go a long way in helping you enjoy the game. Some casinos with bitcoin blackjack provide all players with free credits. You would be able to play and try out the games without having to deposit any money. The BTC can be transferred out of your account afterwards.A picture showing three computer screens with a game of 21 open.

If you are worried about safety, you will be pleased to know that you are protected. Many casinos are government regulated, and will not run off with your money. You need to find an appropriate website that allows you play blackjack without any legal obligations and without any scams. There are tons of sites available to pick from, but you have to be extremely cautious to get the right one. Find reviews that show evidence that the company you’re going to play with is reliable and authentic.

How you can be a winner too

Blackjack is all about having the skill to execute the right moves at the appropriate time. You also need to have basic knowledge and understanding of the game. If you can make these two aspects work together, you will be on your way to becoming a pro.

Helpful tips and tricks

  • You should learn the basic rules: when to stand, double up or hit it.
  • If you want to become a better player, you have to learn the tactics of card counting. If you chat up other players, they can teach you how it’s done.
  • You need to be attached to the money you are spending.  Try to reduce the amount you are going to lose. Always be ready for a losing streak, since it could come at any moment.
  • Don’t buy insurance if you don’t understand how it works. Did you know that buying insurance actually can decrease your chances of winning if you don’t know what you are doing?
  • If you are serious about making good money, you have to be extremely alert and focused. Otherwise, you may lose your bankroll.
  • You need to learn the values of the cards in an advanced manner. Go beyond the beginner strategies and plans.
  • Always play when the house rules are favorable. You have to look for casinos that always give you the extra house edge to earn additional money.

These are some popular tips that can help you to win more chips. I highly suggest trying all of them. According to mathematical evidence, playing the correct way can improve your odds. It has been shown to be beneficial in the long run time and again.

Some Juicy Cheeseburgers for your Desktop Background

The cheeseburger is a popular food choice all over the world. It is usually sold in fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King. People love it because it is cheap and tasty. You can eat it at any time of day, whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

cheeseburger wallpaper 2

A regular cheeseburger consists of three parts: the buns, the patty, and of course, the cheese. The cheese is obviously the most important part. In most restaurants, you will find sliced American cheese used as a topping. A grilled beef patty is often sandwiched in between the buns. The bread used is sprinkled with sesame seeds to enhance their flavor.

cheeseburger wallpaper 2

Although it may look nutritious, it actually isn’t, most of the time. Some foods are often unhealthy and can cause you to gain weight. While it’s fun to relax with your friends by eating a quick snack, you need to eat a healthy diet which includes fruits and vegetables.

Black and White Electric Guitar Wallpaper

Electric Guitar Wallpaper

The guitar, one of the most popular instruments in the world, is used in many genres of music. Whether it’s jazz, rock, or country, you’re bound to find one of these beautiful objects as part of the band’s collection of tools.

Creating a sound is a piece of cake. All it takes is a quick strum down the 6 strings using your fingers or a pick. The thing that is difficult and may take years to learn is how to play an electric guitar. It’s not a simple task, and I won’t be covering it here (this is a wallpaper site after all).

Look carefully at the wallpaper and you will see quite a few things you may have missed. Apart from the obvious fact that it uses a black and white filter, there are a few telltale signs that it’s actually electric and not acoustic. In the bottom-right hand side, a little black knob is sticking out of the instrument. It could be used for changing the volume or something else. On the edge, there’s also a little logo saying “DeviantART”, which is the image’s origin. There are plenty of talented photographers there. One of them must have been responsible for snapping the photo.

Enjoy this for now. I will be including more stuff soon this week!

3D Android Robots on Concrete

Android Robot wallpaper

In today’s post, we have a three-dimensional rendering of the Android robot in a few positions. The robots are standing on a concrete platform which could be a sidewalk or road. It’s a pretty good depiction of what it would look like if it was created in real life. The material of the character is light green and seems to be metal.

If you are a fan of Google’s open-source operating system, then this wallpaper is for you. I wish I had a few of these sitting on my table!

Wow! A Stunning Photo of a Snowy Forest

Gold Frost

Believe it or not, this is a real photograph! It’s not a scene from a video game or a cartoon. I believe the most stunning thing about the photograph is the fact that there are so many colors. The golden rays from the sunshine create a beautiful contrast with the cold white of the ice. It’s a perfect balance between hot and cold.

The snow-covered trees are everywhere, creating a pattern of shadows. The photo was taken by Mehmet Eralp in Jyväskylä, Finland. Check out his other work too.

Kitty Cat Hammock – Cute!

cute kitty

A cute kitty cat is lying on a hammock. He has grey and white fur. His tiny little paws are so adorable…

Cats have always been good choices for pets for many years. They are fast and smart. Cats don’t require a lot of care either. I love to play with my cat using a ball of yarn because he gets so excited!

I wonder if the cat is going to fall asleep. If he does, what is he going to dream about? Will he see a vision of catching mice? Or will the kitty think about eating canned tuna fish? I guess nobody will ever know the answer to this question.

All we do know for sure is that this adorable feline is on a string hammock that’s even fluffier than he is. Pets are great companions!

Bali Indonesia Landscape

Bali Rice Fields

The island of Bali in Indonesia boasts many beautiful natural landscapes. In this photograph, you can see many rice paddies and palm trees. These are typically found in the countryside where rice is grown as a staple. Almost everything is green, even the grass on which cows graze. The land is carved into steps which make irrigation easier. Tourists often come to farms like this to take photos.

In fact, rice is one of the country’s highest export earners. The folks working there are very honest people who try their best everyday. Even though they do not make a lot of money, farming is their main source of income. Their job is to maintain the environment and make it look appealing (while growing crops of course).

Other plants you might find include:

  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Wheat

I was fortunate enough to visit Bali once. The landscape is truly beautiful and I highly recommend you go there at least once. Another similar photo can be found here in one of our previous posts.

2012 London Olympic

2012 olympic logo

If there’s one event that everybody in the world looks forward to, it’s got to be the Olympics. It originated in Greece thousands of years ago, but it became a part of modern culture only in the past few centuries. The world’s top athletes compete in sports such as gymnastics, basketball, and tennis. Their goal is to bring home a gold medal along with praise and pride for their nation.

The event in London which took place in the summer of 2012 was particularly interesting. A specially-built stadium was constructed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for use during the event. It was the third time that the city had hosted an Olympic event. It contains many world-class facilities that were also used for the Paralympics. World records were set and broken. The stadium can typically hold around 20,000 people, but it was able to support an audience of over 80,000 during the opening ceremony.

The stadium was designed to have a minimal impact on the environment. Cooling and heating were major concerns as those activities often are very costly. Modern construction materials were chosen to ensure that the building would not require too much electricity or water. The facade was designed to be both modern and classic at the same time.

Even though the Olympics are officially over, we can still remember the great athletic feats which took place and the stadium’s ecofriendly architecture.