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Re: New background

Good work, Diana.


On 9/20/06, Diana Fong <dfong redhat com> wrote:
John Baer wrote:
> 1. When I view the new background on my Dell laptop the brighter image
> did not display as well the original. On this computer I believe
> something brighter than the original but darker than the current would
> be the best solution. I must add this wasn't as big of an issue on my
> desktop. The 810 video chip on the Dell may be the reason.

Eks...How bad is it? is not well = bad or just not as good when
switching between the original and new wallpaper?  I've been testing it
on my mac laptop, Dell CRT (can't remember the model), hp pavilion f1903
flatscreen and VeiwSonic PT813 CRT...they all look slightly different.
The first three being bright and the last one being pretty dark.  =(
I've come up with a method for testing which  is to just see how the
icons (along with it's text) and windows look on top of it.  Given the
context of icons and windows, I think each (bright or dark) looked ok.
Please let me know...I can try to tweak it some more.

> 2. This is just me but I really liked the crystal/glass look of the ball
> on the first design. I would encourage you to go back to that concept.

I did/do like the glass sphere as well but in the brighter version it
looked less convincing.  It looked ok in the smaller pieces but to be
consistent I've also changed those to the newer sphere.  It was a bit of
a hard decision to make and Mola explored quite a few different
materials in his renderings for a better fit.  We went with this one
because it sat well within the existing environment, was fairly clean
and still interesting.  There had also been a couple of other comments
against the glass look because you could see through it and the lack of
detail behind it was confusing some people, causing them to have see the
helix as disconnected from the strands. I really did like the glass
sphere and was a little sad to see that it wasn't really working as
well.  But I think the new sphere is pretty good. =)

> Given the amount of time and the number of graphics to be finalized I
> believe you and Mola are probably the best choice in wrapping this up.
> If you keep your status page updated I will be happy to test and provide
> feedback on how they look.

Excellent.  I've been updating http://people.redhat.com/dfong/fc6graphics/
with new improvements.  If you could take a look, test, and make
comments on the wiki it would be super.  Since as you've noticed, time
is running out and the new bits could really benefit from testing. =)

> If you have a specific need and if you believe inkscape or gimp will
> craft it, always willing to help.

=) I've looked at your splash screen approaches. The ideas were good,
though I think a few of them did not match the current theme. We should
keep those and bring them up in the next release as possible themes.  I
really like the fedora tag one.  However, your experiments did prompt me
to try creating .svg ribbons for the 16 color limitations.

Please take a look at the variations.  Let me know 1) if it is too
dark/light 2) if the pixelation is tolerable.
note: I had to make the grub lighter because the highlight for text is


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